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Balfour Beatty US Honored with ENR Regional Best Project Award of Merit for Ray Braswell High School
August 08, 2017
ENR Texas & Louisiana has recognized Balfour Beatty US and Denton Independent School District’s Ray Braswell High School with a regional Best Project Award of Merit in the “K-12 Education” category. ENR Texas & Louisiana is a leading trade magazine dedicated to honoring the best construction projects across the states of Texas and Louisiana. The 2017 Best Projects competition judges received a total of 108 entries across all categories from which only 37 projects earned top nods.
The high school, named after Dr. Ray Braswell who served Denton Independent School District (Denton ISD) for 33 years, is located north of Dallas in Little Elm, Texas, and sits on 108 acres along the U.S. 380 corridor. The success story of the 532,000-square-foot Ray Braswell High School impresses in sheer scale, intricate planning and execution. Over a year and a half of planning and design, plus two and a half years of construction went into the delivery of this transformative learning facility.
This high school was one of the most complex and challenging projects Balfour Beatty US’ Texas education team has ever built, and its largest high school built to date. The use of Lean construction principles and technologies such as BIM360 Field, centralized digital document management, building information modeling, pull planning, and off-site manufacturing increased the team’s efficiency, and reduced wasted time and resources. Leveraging the latest technologies and Lean construction practices enabled the team to optimize project success even in the face of multiple of challenges, including record-setting, 100-year rainfall totaling 183 weather days, the re-engineering and relocation of the site’s sanitary system from the original design, and the delay of critical earthwork operations due to environmentally sensitive areas.
The successful completion of Ray Braswell High School is an outstanding example of the project team’s leadership, innovation and superior teamwork. An integrated project delivery approach brought together people, business structures and practices that harnessed the talents and insights of all participants to deliver on Denton ISD’s vision.
A future-ready learning hub, each of the school’s academic wings house several collaborative glass “huddle rooms” with writable wall surfaces and digital displays, closely mirroring corporate offices to help facilitate real-world presentation styles. These learning spaces allow students to work together on projects outside the classroom, and provide the flexibility necessary for students and faculty to generate big ideas and solve complex problems.
The high school opened with an initial 1,212 students, but was built to accommodate to the area’s rapid growth with core facilities designed to serve 2,600 students. A focal point for the community along the 380 corridor, Ray Braswell High School not only serves Denton ISD, but is creating a culture of excellence that ties together the area’s neighborhoods, families, students, and local businesses through education.
“This prestigious award is well-deserved recognition for an extraordinary project, and a great way to celebrate our 17-year partnership and fiftieth project with Denton ISD. Congratulations to Denton ISD, the project team, our design partners and our trade partners on delivering the best of our industry,” said Jon Moreau, vice president of Balfour Beatty US’ Texas education group.
ENR Texas & Louisiana Best Project Awards honorees will be recognized at a ceremony on October 18, 2017 at the JW Marriott in Houston.