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Balfour Beatty Construction Takes High Honors at 2016 AGC Houston APEX Awards
October 12, 2016
Balfour Beatty Construction has been recognized by the Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) with a Silver APEX Award in the GC-4 Interiors category. The APEX Award honors AGC members who build Houston’s most impressive construction projects and celebrates the industry’s finest builders.
Balfour Beatty Construction was recognized for its role in the interior finish-out of Noble Energy Center 2 – a 12-story, 240,000-square-foot build-out in a 20-story building and an adjacent 7,500-square-foot Town Hall.
AGC Houston received more than 80 entries from which 53 projects were chosen based on excellence in construction, valuable contributions to the community and demonstrated a commitment to skill, integrity, and responsibility. The project team was honored at the 12th Biennial APEX Awards Gala held at the Astorian Hotel in Houston.
“We are proud of what we did together. To deliver on the client’s vision, the all-star project team showcased operational excellence, open book transparency, market savvy preconstruction services and an industry-leading commitment to safety. An integrated project delivery approach brought together people, business structures, and practices that harnessed the talents and insights of all participants,” shared Kim Barrow, project executive with Balfour Beatty’s Houston office.
BIM360 software was used on every stakeholder’s iPad for digital, on-the-go and up-to-date document review, quality control, punch lists, commissioning, and closeout.
Over 147 video displays of varying sizes and 43 miles of electrical, data and audio-visual cabling were installed throughout the building. State-of-the-art information technology, audio-visual and redundant backup systems were installed to enable continuous operations through severe weather, including hurricane-force storms.
The Town Hall houses the largest digital canvas of its type in Texas at 27-feet wide and 14-feet high. The display contains 296 Christie MicroTiles and 26 rear projectors. The team designed and fabricated a custom inverted U-shaped steel beam weighing 2.96 tons to support the massive display structure, which is protected by two motorized bi-parting custom millwork doors measuring 18-feet wide and 18-feet high.
The Town Hall’s Arktura ceiling is a custom, prefabricated, suspended steel frame cloud system taking inspiration from Noble’s geologists and their exploration of the Earth’s strata. The acoustic panels are made from recycled plastic and are recyclable themselves. An integrated LED strip runs along the perimeter of each suspended cloud, allowing for endless color options.
The team erected a 50-foot wide, 120-foot long and 34-foot high scaffolding, called the dance floor, which divided the Town Hall into two separate working surfaces and enabled them to cut the schedule in half by allowing overhead and surface work to run simultaneously.
The area has been transformed into a full-service corporate business park which includes Fortune 1,000 companies, educational services, and amenities. The creation of this campus has further enhanced the growth of the market which in turn has boosted other businesses, hospitals and residential neighborhoods in Northwest Houston. To support the community, Noble Energy has partnered with their neighbor, Lone Star College - University Park, in the creation of a child care center (through the YMCA), used by both Noble employees and those affiliated with the college.
The team diverted 1,085 truckloads of construction waste from the landfill by recycling, salvaging or reusing materials, thus minimizing the environmental impact of new construction.
Earlier this year, the Noble Energy Center 2 project team was also recognized with an ENR Texas and Louisiana Regional Best Project Award. Follow this
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