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11 construction news items you should know about


  • ENR has released the names of the Global Best Projects, and four are in the U.S.
  • KB Home, Dan Ryan Builders and Knez Homes have reported major events recently.
  • Commercial, industrial and historical projects round out recent construction business news.

Recent construction business news is brimming with new projects, awards, philanthropy and milestones. Here are selected highlights.

Global Best Projects Awards
Four projects in the U.S. received awards in Engineering News Record’s annual Global Best Projects Awards for 2018. To qualify, at least one of the project team members must have worked outside their home country. The projects also can’t have had any construction-related fatalities and must have been completed between January 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018. Aside from safety records, judges considered innovations, challenges, design and construction quality—and how the project benefits the community and/or the construction industry. They also factored in project team diversity and collaboration. The U.S. project winners are:

  • Salesforce Tower, Clark Construction, San Francisco, California
  • 520 West 28th Street, Related Construction LLC, New York City
  • One Thousand Museum, Plaza Construction, Miami, Florida
  • Anacostia River Tunnel, Impregilo Healy Parsons – JV, Washington, D.C

U.S. Global Best Projects Awards winners from ENR include the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and the Anacostia River Tunnel in D.C.

Medical Construction Award
Duffey Southeast garnered first place in the 2018 Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Build Georgia Award for its completion of the Floyd Urgent Care Clinic located in Rome, GA. AGC recognized the firm for its project safety, innovation in techniques and materials, excellence in project management and scheduling, and its commitment to client service and customer care. The contractor also managed to overcome challenges of a compressed schedule and tight working conditions while managing activities close to patient traffic.

Hospitality Milestone
Builders recently completed Phase 1 of the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas renovation emulating the rustic heritage of the Texas ranching industry. This phase focused on the guest rooms, and required combining the textures of wood, stone, leather and wrought iron. The room colors come from the Texas prairie and feature blue bonnet blue and sunset orange, and those with balconies overlook Lake Carolyn. During Phase 2 builders will upgrade the lobby, meeting rooms, and great room.

Residential Events
KB Home announced the opening of The Cottages on 4th in Ontario, California. The development includes a planned community park, pool and spa. Within walking distance is the Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park with two lakes for fishing, a swim complex, water slides, water play park and picnic spots. The development will have 55 two-story homes averaging 2,100 square-feet each with up to five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Two model homes are now open for viewing.

Dan Ryan Builders announced that it would start construction on eight new communities with over 1,200 homes in Apex, Clayton, Durham, Franklinton, Fuquay-Varina, Mebane and Youngsville, North Carolina. The mix includes 805 single-family homes in Franklinton, Fuquay-Varina, Mebane, Youngsville and Apex; a mix of 241 single-family and townhomes at Clayton; and 156 townhomes in Durham.

Knez Homes participated in the groundbreak ceremonies for the Trailside Slavic Village in Cleveland on July 26. The homebuilder is working with the City of Cleveland, Third Federal Savings & Loan and the Slavic Village Development Corporation to revitalize the nineteenth century neighborhood. This is a brownfield redevelopment which adds new, single-family homes in the historic area which will meet or exceed Cleveland’s Green Energy Standards.

Big Commercial
NP International put Balfour Beatty under contract to build its 1.3-million-square-foot, mixed-use Gables Station development “in the heart of Coral Gables, Florida”. The three tower development sports 120,000 square feet of retail, 500 residential units, and garage parking for 1,000 cars. The location is a prime transportation corridor on U.S. Highway 1 adjacent to Miami’s Metrorail, and a 10-mile park with urban trails. Expected completion is 2020; lean construction methods will be used. The project is also going to have the LEED Silver rating.

Big Industrial
Crow Holdings Industrial, a national developer of warehouse, distribution, and fulfillment properties, announced a new development on Chicago’s I-80 Corridor. Partner ARCO/Murray, a design-build contractor, will construct the quarter million square-foot building, which will include triple the trailer parking capacity normally seen with a building this size. The structure will also feature 36-foot high ceilings and LED lighting.

On July 3, visitors to St. Louis’ Gateway Arch got their first taste of a 47,000-square-foot subterranean expansion by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Updating History
On July 3, visitors to St. Louis’ Gateway Arch got their first taste of a 47,000-square-foot subterranean expansion built by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. The project included a complete transformation of the north and south grounds which now wrap around the large, glass and stainless steel entrance to the underground structure. The builder used post-tensioned concrete slabs and 189,000 cubic feet of GeoFoam blocks to manage the load on the roof deck. The team faced many challenges, not the least of which were the limited access and requirement to keep the arch open to visitors through three-years of construction.

Giving Back
PPG announced that it had completed a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™️ project in Springdale, Pennsylvania to revitalize the Rachel Carson Homestead. Carson is considered the founder of the modern environmental movement, and her homesite attracts visitors from around the world. PPG volunteers painted the inside and outside of the facility’s classroom to brighten the appearance and help preserve it.

Company Milestone
In July, Fluor celebrated 40 years of delivering projects in China. The company set up its first Chinese office in 1978 in Beijing, and has since completed over 350 projects in 20 Chinese provinces and municipalities. Fluor’s 500 employees in China deliver projects in many industries including chemicals, oil and gas, polysilicon, mining, metals, amusement parks, advanced manufacturing and life sciences.

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