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Dallas Business Journal: Balfour Beatty wins $110M project with Highland Park ISD
October 04, 2016
By Candace Carlisle
Dallas-based Balfour Beatty Construction U.S., a subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY), has won a large elementary construction and renovation project from Highland Park Independent School District totaling $110 million.
The project, which is part of the 2015 bond election for Highland Park ISD, will overhaul the district's schools over the next five years. It also includes constructing four new elementary schools and renovating a fifth elementary school.
The initial phase of the project is underway with Balfour Beatty constructing Highland Park ISD's first new elementary school since 1948. The construction company has been charged to build a new 100,000-square-foot campus on 4.6 acres at Durham Street and Wentwood Drive.
Plans include creating flexible learning spaces for students and teachers, outdoor classrooms, a learning garden and a one-story, 90-space underground parking garage.
The upgrades to the rest of the schools are part of a shift occurring in the education sector to create learning environments that maximize engagement and stimulate curiosity, said Charles DeVoe, a Balfour Beatty senior vice president.
This school is slated for completion in summer 2017, with Balfour Beatty demolishing and constructing replacement campuses on three existing sites. Each 100,000-square-foot school will take 13 months to complete.
The fifth school will undergo renovations, which will include a 7,900-square-foot addition and right-sizing existing classrooms. Stantec designed the schools to conserve water and energy.
This new campus will accommodate teachers and students awaiting new facilities to be built in the next three following years.
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