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    Balfour Beatty Construction and BARC Joint Venture Team Honored with TEXO Distinguished Building Awards

    June 18, 2015

    DALLAS –  Balfour Beatty Construction and its BARC joint venture partners, including Azteca Enterprises, H.J. Russell & Company and CARCON Industries, have been honored with the prestigious TEXO Distinguished Building Award for the Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport Terminal A Phase II project in the over $75 million category. TEXO is the largest commercial contractors association in Texas and one of the largest affiliated with the national Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).  
    The $140 million, 400,000-square-foot DFW Airport Terminal A Phase II renewal program impresses in sheer scale, intricate planning and execution. Led by the project’s managing partner, Balfour Beatty Construction, the BARC joint venture team  initiated the renovation in 2012 with project completion in 2014. 
    To appreciate the complexity of performing a major renovation at the world’s third largest airport, consider that some 14 million passengers passed safely and uninterrupted through DFW Airport’s Terminal A while construction was in full swing. In addition, the terminal’s building system had reached the end of its service life and DFW made the decision to replace all the primary systems with new, more efficient systems. As part of the replacement project, the terminal received a significant interior remodel of public spaces. Innovative ideas for passenger processing were incorporated to allow the airport and associated airlines to adapt to the rapid changes in technology and passenger demographics.
    “Balfour Beatty has been a partner in every sense of the word throughout this program. From the beginning, I have appreciated the continuous high-level of professionalism maintained during a very challenging program. The processes and procedures developed by the joint venture on behalf of the airport have become the standards to which we hold other contractors to,” said Barry Kendrick, managing executive, Paslay Management Group. The Paslay Management Group is a professional management and owner’s representative firm overseeing DFW Airport’s terminal renewal and improvement program.

    Project Highlights:
    • Complete replacement all of DFW Terminal A Phase II back–of-house systems. This included the major demolition of mechanical, electrical, communications, security system, fire protection and building finishes, in addition to the subsequent reconstruction of the systems and finishes in an active passenger airline terminal.
    • Designed to reuse existing building, high-performance glass, daylighting, LED and fluorescent lighting, which in turn have optimized energy performance and significantly reduced the terminal’s carbon footprint.
    • Leveraged the latest construction technologies such as digital documents (digital docs), building information modeling (BIM), virtual plan rooms, and laser scanning in order to contain costs and accelerate project delivery.
    • Diverted over 1,621 tons of metals from the landfill and returned over $624,000 to DFW Airport.
    • Achieved 40.5 percent minority D/M/WBE participation.
    • BARC’s safety program centered on a Zero Harm approach in which the processes and procedures were proactive and an integral part of operations. BARC had 210 contractors working on the Terminal A Phase II project: 41 prime, 126 second tier and 43 third tier. The Zero Harm program was inclusive of all stakeholders on the project, including trade partners, owners, subcontractors and the community.
    “This award is a testament to the caliber of talent and innovative construction methodology necessary to renovate a world class aviation project. Whether the topic was planning, budgeting, sustainability, safety or scheduling, BARC’s all-star team provided solution-oriented results,” said Karl Joeris, vice president at Balfour Beatty Construction.
    TEXO received over 70+ submissions competing for 27 building and specialty categories. The winning submissions will be featured at the annual Association gala on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center (another Balfour Beatty Construction project).