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    Two Howard S. Wright Construction Projects win 2014 ENR Northwest Best Project Awards

    November 05, 2014


    Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, has been recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Northwest in the 2014 Best Project Awards competition.  Both the Washington State and Oregon divisions of Balfour Beatty Construction submitted award- winning projects.

    The Pine + Minor Apartments project from the Washington State division received an Award of Merit in the Residential/Hospitality category, and the Forest Grove High School project from the Oregon division won an Award of Merit in the K-12 Education category.

    The ENR Northwest Best Projects competition honors the best construction projects of the year located throughout Oregon and Washington, as well as the companies responsible for their design and construction. Industry leaders in design and construction judge the projects based on safety, innovation and teamwork, among other criteria.

    The project and team will be honored at the ENR Northwest Awards Breakfast in Seattle, Washington on December 5. For more information about the awards program please visit: ENR Northwest Best Project Award Winners

    Project Background:

    Pine + Minor Apartments – Seattle, WA
    Pine + Minor is a LEED Platinum $19.4 million, 89,800-square-foot urban mixed-use project that includes seven stories of 120 residential units, 3,000 square feet of retail space, a 28-stall below grade parking garage,  a secure bicycle storage room, lounge, and other amenities. The building is built on a cast-in-place, post-tensioned, concrete podium with 5 levels of wood framing above. Many innovative, eco-friendly design solutions were incorporated into the project such as a high efficiency façade (rain screen, reflective glazing, and insulation) with vertical shades on west façade, a real-time web-based energy monitoring system, and green roof. Pine + Minor Apartments was built in partnership with Gerding Edlen, project owner, and Perkins + Will, architect.  

    Forest Grove High School Expansion Project – Forest Grove, OR
    The 120,168 square foot expansion project at Forest Grove High School (FGHS) consisted of a new science wing, new gymnasium, weight room and locker room expansion, new commons area, kitchen renovations, development of the athletic field complex, public street improvements, and additional parking. In addition, roof, sheet metal, and Kalwall work were completed on the existing school. The front street of the campus was also re-routed to provide better flow for the buses, students, and faculty. The total project duration was approximately 16 months. The FGHS expansion project was built in partnership with Forest Grove High School District, project owner, and Mahlum Architects.