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For Interiors and Special Projects Group, Passion is the Primary Ingredient for Success

If you’re lucky, you have a good job. If you’re especially fortunate, you have a rewarding career. But if you’re truly blessed, that career just so happens to be your life’s calling. A calling so powerful you go home at night with a sense of meaning, purpose, and accomplishment. A calling that probably also looks a lot like the real answer to the childhood question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

If you had recently posed that question to Alan Wahlstrom — the talented builder who heads up Balfour Beatty's special projects and interiors groups in the Mid-Atlantic Division — rest assured he would enthusiastically answer “construction.” Since, in his own unique way, is living out a calling.

Balfour Beatty’s Mid-Atlantic Division has placed a dedicated focus on the special projects and interiors segment of their business, with Alan leading the way. Although the Division has always excelled at both core and shell and interiors work alike, over the years, the market has come to associate the company with larger, headline-garnering projects such as the NPR Headquarters, Pentagon Memorial, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The ultimate goal is not to re-invent the business but to instead re-brand it.

“We want our clients to know that the end of a project isn’t when we turn the keys over to a 20-story base building,” says Alan. “The end of a Balfour Beatty project can be when we move the last tenant in. We have the desire and capability to serve our Clients through the full lifecycle of every project.”

Alan is excited about the opportunities in this market as well as the custom, client-focused nature of the work. In addition to his strong operations background, Alan has extensive estimating experience — a tremendous asset in a market sector where scope decisions often hinge significantly on early conceptual pricing.

For Alan, it’s the “quick, rapid-fire” nature of the work he finds so appealing. Having developed relationships with key special projects clients such as Vornado/Charles E. Smith and MedImmune over the past several years, Alan knows this market can keep many a construction professional on his or her toes with its tight budgets and schedules. Although those issues can bring a cold sweat to many a contractor’s brow, for Alan, it’s what makes him excited to get up every morning. And when it comes to providing dynamic and sophisticated interior spaces, few can match Alan's expertise or enthusiasm. Although it could be said of most interiors jobs that “the devil is in the details,” the details are precisely where Alan shines.

Recently, the group finished an 18,000-square-foot project for client, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, LP, called Skyline Seven in Falls Church, Virginia. Balfour Beatty provided demolition, renovation, and new construction services to transform the former GSA space into square footage suited for high-end retail businesses like Panera and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Whether you’re seeking a CM-at-Risk for a 200,000-square-foot, ground-up office tower, or a general contractor for a 2,000-square-foot retail renovation, look no further than Balfour Beatty. We have the people who know what it takes to execute any type, size or scope of project and the passion to deliver an unparalleled customer experience.

After all, they’ve been called to the work. And who better to deliver your dream than people who are living out theirs?

If you want to learn more about Balfour Beatty’s special projects or interiors capabilities, please feel free to reach out to Alan directly.

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