D.C., Maryland, Virginia, E. Pennsylvania, Delaware Winter 2008
Despite looming concerns over an un- ful in its own right, one project rose above ject of the Year per category and multi-
certain 2009, there remains a lot to cele- the rest—Comcast Center in Philadel- ple Awards of Merit. Jurors could choose
brate in 2008. The jury for Mid-Atlantic phia. This 975-ft-tall icon of the Philly sky- to not award a Project of the Year or
Construction’s Best of 2008 awards pro- line symbolizes a new era in design and Awards of Merit in the categories. The
gram had no lack of candidates to construction. Not only is it the tallest jurors, who represent architects, engi-
choose from when selecting the region’s building in Philadelphia, it was designed neers and general contractors, are all ac-
best. In fact, we received the highest as the nation’s tallest LEED-certified tive members of the local building com-
number of entries yet in the awards pro- building and includes innovative post-9- munity. They abstained from voting on
gram’s history. 11 structural and security elements. any projects with which they are affiliat-
Our five independent judges carefully The aim of Mid-Atlantic Construction’s ed or have a conflict of interest.
narrowed the field to 38 projects in 19 awards program is to honor those projects Mid-Atlantic Construction is proud to
categories, representing the finest exam- that best achieve the established goals of honor these 38 projects that represent
ples of design and construction in Vir- the project team; overcome significant the very best in one of the nation’s top
ginia, Maryland, Delaware, eastern Penn- challenges; adopt innovative approaches; construction markets.
sylvania and the District of Columbia. and exhibit exceptional teamwork.
Although each winner proved success- Jurors were allowed to award one Pro-
14 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
Best of 2008 Awards
Meet Our Judges
A jury of five industry experts poured over a record number of entries to
select Mid-Atlantic Construction’s Best of 2008. Eligible projects were
located in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania or the
District of Columbia and were completed in 2008. Judges abstained from
voting on projects with which they or their companies are affiliated.
Patrick Burns, PE, Vice President, Edward Hollander III, PE, Principal
Mortenson Construction and Construction Manager, American
Prior to joining Mortenson Construc- Civil Construction
tion as a vice president in its Federal Ed Hollander is responsible for the
Contracting Group, Patrick Burns served full time management of all field opera- TOP LEFT:
with the U.S. Air Force as the director of tions, design-build engineering, esti- Patrick Burns,
installations, Headquarters Air Combat mating, and administration of Ameri- Wayne Harrell,
Edward Hollander III,
Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. can Civil Construction, a Mid-Atlantic Eric Liebmann,
He was responsible for engineering pro- regional heavy/light civil and special Bob Tierney
grams totaling $2.4 billion annually. structures engineering and construction
From 1999 to 2001, he served in a simi- firm, which he founded in 2005. He has
lar capacity in charge of engineering for 34 years of experience in the heavy civil
all Air Force bases in the Pacific from and engineering construction industry
1999 to 2001. Engineering News-Record in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern
magazine named him one of the “Top 25 United States, having served in execu- sign team responsible for the World Fi-
Engineer Newsmakers for 2005.” tive and senior capacities for four other nancial Center in lower Manhattan.
national and regional large heavy civil
Wayne Harrell, Senior Project Manag- construction firms, before founding his Bob Tierney, Director of Design for
er, KBS own company. Hospitality, Baskervill
A 36-year construction industry veter- Over the past 20 years, Bob Tierney has
an, Wayne Harrell has worked on sever- Eric Liebmann, AIA, Managing Princi- gained unsurpassed experience in manag-
al major projects for KBS during his four pal and as Director of Design, WDG Ar- ing all phases of architecture and interior
years with the company, including the chitecture design for hospitality projects, including
CarMax Corporate Headquarters in Eric Liebmann joined Washington, several award-winning hotels and resorts.
Richmond, Va., the University of Mary DC-based WDG Architecture in 1987. As Baskervill’s director of design for hos-
Washington Graduate and Professional Recognized as a designer of sensitivity pitality, he brings his passion for architec-
Studies Building II in Stafford County, and vision by his peers, he plays a lead- ture and interior design to all of his proj-
Va., and the Luck Stone Headquarters ing role in the design of WDG’s com- ects. He enjoys producing unique and
Addition and Renovations in Goochland, mercial, residential and hospitality proj- innovative designs that respond to
Va. As senior project manager at KBS, he ects. His projects demonstrate a strong clients’ needs and far surpasses their ex-
provides all contract administration, commitment to smart growth and sus- pectations. He received his Bachelor of
scheduling, subcontractor and supplier tainability principles. A graduate of the Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic In-
leadership and coordination, cost con- Harvard School of Design, he appren- stitute and State University. <<
trol, quality control, customer training ticed at the offices of Richard Meier and
and orientation and close-out. Partners as well as with Cesar Pelli and
Associates. He was a member of the de-
15 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
2008 AWARDS OVERALL Project of the Year
Stern Architects, New York City, de-
signed the Comcast Center to be the na-
tion’s tallest LEED-certified building.
Among its many features are fixtures
that conserve three million gallons of
drinking water annually. Included in the
structure are wood products derived al-
most entirely from sustainable sources.
The lightly tinted, high-performance
Viracon glass curtain-wall panels, com-
bined with ultraclear, low-iron glass at
the building’s corners and crown, regu-
late the transfer of heat in and out of the
building, resulting in comfortable inte-
riors and lower heating costs.
The glazing system for the 110-ft-
high, light-flooded public winter garden
linking the tower to a new two-level re-
tail concourse features sunscreens and
louvers that keep energy use in balance
with seasonal thermal conditions.
“I’m not sure the all-glass approach
would work in other parts of country
with more extreme climate conditions,”
says Rollie Childers, principal-in-charge
with architect of record Kendall/Heaton,
A true balancing act The Comcast
Center required a structural system that
could provide as much protection as rea-
sonably possible against a near-infinite
range of terrorist possibilities, yet it did
not want to look like a fortress. Liberty
Property Trust/Commerz also wanted to
avoid disrupting the building’s sense of
The new 975-ft-tall Comcast Center The $525 million, 1.4-million-sq-ft openness by keeping lobbies and office
symbolizes a dramatic turning point in tower developed by Liberty Property floors largely free of obtrusive columns—
the evolution of Philadelphia’s skyline. Trust/Commerz, Philadelphia, merges not an easy task for a narrow building on
With its slender profile, sleek glass exte- numerous design, construction and a constrained urban footprint.
rior and 15 atrium floors, the 58-floor management trends. The solution was to combine a con-
skyscraper proclaims that a city long as- In keeping with the growing empha- crete elevator and stairway core with
sociated more with the nation’s past can sis on resource conservation and energy composite concrete-on-metal-deck floors
be a 21st Century economic pacesetter. efficiency, for example, Robert A.M. supported on composite steel beams ex-
18 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
Best of 2008 Awards
Owner/Developer: Liberty Property
Project Manager: Hill International, Inc.,
Architect: Robert A. M. Stern Architects,
Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton As-
sociates, Inc., Houston
Construction Manager: L.F. Driscoll Com-
pany, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomaset-
ti, New York
MEP Engineer: Paul H Yeomans, Inc.,
LEED Consultant: Atelier Ten, New York
tending to steel columns at the perime-
ter. The core walls are 54 in. thick from High winds proved to be the bane of ground and fabricating steel for the
the three basement levels through the constructing the Comcast Center’s plaza levels and above.”
first 20 above-ground floors and gradual- structural system, says Sam Verzella, To reconcile the details without dis-
ly narrow to 30 in. thick at the top. project manager for construction man- rupting an already tight construction
In the event of an airborne impact, ager L.F. Driscoll, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. timetable, Hill elected to bypass the usu-
the structural steel is designed to col- Ground was broken on the project in al shop drawing review process and send
lapse around and outside the core, pre- January 2005. specifications directly to fabrication. As
serving an escape route for occupants. “There were times when windy condi- the design firmed up, the project team
Along with being secure, the Comcast tions prevented us from erecting steel determined what already fabricated
Center’s structural system is designed to for a week,” he says. “We had to be care- structural elements could be reused and
handle high wind loads through an in- ful not to let the core get too far ahead of what new items were needed.
novative tuned liquid column damper the steel, which would caused efficiency “Our challenge was to solve the prob-
inside the building’s 90-ft-high steel- problems for the erector.” lems, find shortcuts that didn’t affect
framed crown. Supported by the con- quality and safety and try to be as inno-
crete core, the 90- by 45-ft U-shaped Schedule synchronization The fact vative without compromising things,”
tank contains more than 300,000 gal- that the project’s namesake tenant was Rupp says. “We stepped up our coordi-
lons of water that reduces building sway developing design details for its spaces nation meetings and had as many peo-
with its own inertial forces. on the first six floors as the building was ple involved as possible to keep the en-
“The building could handle anticipat- coming out of the ground presented a tire team on the same page.”
ed wind pressures without the damper, major scheduling challenges for project The team’s coordination also permit-
but horizontal motions would have been management firm Hill International, ted the Comcast Center to open in a se-
more noticeable to the occupants,” says Marlton, N.J. ries of “phased turnovers,” with lower-
Anjana Kadakia, a principal with struc- “As Comcast’s designs started coming floor tenants able to move into their
tural engineering consultant Thornton in, there were some interesting things spaces while work on upper levels was
Tomasetti, Newark, N.J. “The damper going on with floor loading, wall open- still in progress.
was a more cost-effective option than ings and other things you don’t typically Verzella says that he is happy with the
adding diagonal columns or perimeter see in office buildings,” says Hill Inter- project. “We went from nothing to a
bracing, and it balances the needs of national project manager David Rupp. 99% occupied and fit-out building in 3.5
function, aesthetics and cost.” “Meanwhile, we’re coming out of years.That’s a pretty good achievement.”
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BEST OF Dulles 4th Runway, Dulles, Va.
AWARD OF MERIT - Airport
The $147 million Washington Dulles more than 500 large trucks delivered
International Airport, 4th Runway and daily approximately 50 loads of cement,
Associated Taxiways, Paving and 410 loads of course and fine aggregate
Owner: Metropolitan Washington Airports
NAVAIDS (navigational aids) project and approximately 50 loads of transit-
Authority, Washington, D.C.
undertaken by Lane Construction Corp. mix concrete.
Prime Contractor: Lane Construction
of Cheshire, Conn., aims to improve air Lane began earthwork on the project in
Corp., Cheshire, Conn.
flight service to the Washington, D.C., May 2006 and moved more than 2.3 mil-
Prime Designer: Carter-Burgess, Arling- metropolitan area and decrease delays. lion cu yds of dirt and rock. The paving
The 10,000-ft runway, parallel taxiway, package began in July 2006. Lane placed
Sub designer: CH2M Hill, Chantilly, Va. 10 cross taxiways, 155,750-sq-yd deicing 610,000 sq yds of 17-in. thick concrete
Clearing and Grubbing Contractor: East- apron and all navigational facilities were pavement and 335,000 sq yds of asphalt
ern Clearing, Bealeton, Va. commissioned in November. The vast concrete shoulder and access roads.
Furnish and Haul Concrete: L&L Con- size of the project created an access chal- Lane erected an onsite, double-drum
struction Associates, Upper Marlbor- lenge, so airport owner, the Metropoli- concrete batch plant and pug mill to help
tan Washington Airports Authority, and its crews maintain the aggressive paving
Asphalt Paving: Virginia Paving Co., Lane partnered to build a one-way ac- schedule and tight quality control.
Stafford, Va. cess road. At the height of construction,
BEST OF The Wilson Bridge - Maryland
Approach Spans, Prince Georges
AWARD OF MERIT - Bridge
The $203.7 million Woodrow Wilson The construction team precast 616 V-
Bridge Maryland Approach Spans proj- shaped segmental piers, with curved
ect is part of a larger, more comprehen- legs, providing training to local laborers
sive program to replace the 7.5-mi-long inexperienced with precasting.
Woodrow Wilson Bridge corridor, a net- On the inner and outer loop decks,
Key Players work of highway approaches and bridges Potomac Constructors placed the con-
Owner: Maryland Department of connecting Maryland and Virginia. crete at close to double the minimum
Transportation, Baltimore Potomac Constructors’ scope of work production rates specified by the Mary-
General Construction Services: Potomac included construction of approximately land Highway Association, yet the team
Constructors, a triventure of Edward 3,300 lin ft of dual-fixed bridge approach still achieved excellent ride results, with
Kraemer & Sons, Plain, Wis.; American spans on the Maryland side, including less than 0.1% of the 783,000-sq-ft deck
Bridge, Coraopolis , Pa.; and Trumbull
foundations, substructure, superstruc- requiring grinding.
ture and incidental construction. The Potomac Constructors stepped in with
Architect: Parsons, Baltimore
triventure of Edward Kraemer & Sons of management, quality control and access
Construction Engineer: Janssen & Plain, Wis.; American Bridge of Coraopo- assistance for a struggling painting sub-
Spaans Engineering, Indianapolis lis, Pa.; and Trumbull Corp. of Pitts- contractor, resulting in a fivefold in-
Structural Steel: High Steel Structures, burgh, began work in June 2003. Con- crease in production and an increase in
Lancaster, Pa. struction is set to wrap up in December. overall quality.
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BEST OF The Newseum, Washington, D.C.
2008 AWARDS PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Cultural
Owner: The Freedom Forum,
Design architect: Polshek Partnership
Architects, New York
Architect (exhibits): Ralph Appelbaum
Associates Inc., New York
Architects (residential apartments and
public space interiors): Esocoff &
Associates Architects, Washington, D.C.,
and Meditch Murphey Architects Inc.,
Chevy Chase, Md.
General contractor: Turner Construction
Co., Arlington, Va.
Structural engineer: Leslie E. Robertson
Associates, New York
Electrical and mechanical engineer:
Flack & Kurtz, Washington, D.C.
The Newseum is a unique and archi- tween the MEP systems and the build-
Concrete contractor: Oncore
tecturally complex museum that pays ing’s complex structure.
Construction LLC, Bladensburg, Md.
homage to the Fourth Estate. The 3-D modeling technology allowed
Electrical contractor: Mona Electric
The 250,000-sq-ft museum is part of a contractors, architects and engineers to
Group Inc., Clinton, Md.
larger, 643,000-sq-ft project that also in- collaborate while resolving issues in-
cludes office space, residences, retail volving redesign, resequencing and Mechanical contractor: John J.
Kirlin/Utley Joint Venture, Rockville, Md.
and a conference center. scheduling.
The building is designed to resemble a The complex steel erection process Interior finishes gyp/metal panels: C.J.
Coakley Co. Inc., Falls Church, Va.
newspaper with three sections, each began with the elevator tower frames be-
slightly taller than the one before it. It’s low the future location of the 252-ft- Millwork contractor: Hollywood
Woodwork, Hollywood, Fla.
most prominent elements are a 74-ft-high long, 39-ft-wide and 16-ft-deep mega-
Tennessee pink marble wall with a partial truss, near its columns. Before mega-
engraving of the First Amendment and truss erection could begin, the core tow-
an immense front glass curtain wall rep- ers had to be built to the underside of
resenting the transparency of the press. the trusses. After the shoring towers of installation and protection of the mu-
The building contains almost every were installed, crews erected the free- seum’s large artifacts during construc-
conceivable structural system, in steel standing columns. tion. Several large artifacts required in-
and concrete, including a 70-ft-tall bent- Workers erected the west half of the stallation early in the project, including
column monumental stair. There are 24 megatruss first, beginning with the first sections from the Berlin Wall and a
structural systems and 11 exterior wall two sections of the north truss and fol- guard tower from Checkpoint Charlie,
systems – with 12 types of glass. lowed by the first two sections of the south as well as one of the first satellite news
The highly complex design required truss. Still moving west to east, crews then trucks put into service. These artifacts
concise coordination of its MEP sys- erected the final two sections of the north were placed in the building during
tems. MEP team members worked with truss, followed by one section of the south structural erection, requiring protection
construction contractors to assemble a truss. Infill members followed. from weather and construction activities
3-D model to help identify conflicts be- Also important was the coordination over an extended period.
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BEST OF Art Museum of Western Virginia,
AWARD OF MERIT - Cultural
The Art Museum of Western Virginia The geometry of the new building
in Roanoke was set to reopen in Novem- added to the project’s complexity. The
Key Players ber as the $42.8 million Taubman Mu- team relied on a variety of three-dimen-
seum of Art. The 81,000-sq-ft project sional models to understand the archi-
Owner: Art Museum of Western Virginia
aims to put the city on the nation’s cul- tecture, sequence the work and monitor
General Contractor: Balfour Beatty
tural map, with its avant-garde architec- installations.
Construction, Fairfax, Va.
ture and collection of significant art- The exterior envelope consists of
Architect: Randall Stout Architects, Los
work from throughout the world. stainless steel metal panels, metal deck
Balfour Beatty Construction of Fair- on the curved roofs, patinated zinc pan-
Associate Architect: Rodriguez Ripley
fax, Va., began working on the project in els, DensGlass and an aluminum-
Maddux Motley Architects, Roanoke, Va.
May 2006, salvaging stone lintels, con- framed glass curtain wall system. Bal-
Structural Engineer: Desimone
crete ornamentation and metal cornices four Beatty also completed the interior,
Consulting Engineers, Miami
and trim from the façade of an existing using prebent-metal framing to create
Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: IBE structure on the site for later incorpora- the curvature of the ceilings and walls.
Consulting Engineers, Sherman Oaks,
tion into the new museum as a mask for
the new museum’s electrical trans-
Electrical Engineer: Kocher, Schirra &
former and generator.
Goharizi Consulting Engineers, Glendale
BEST OF Broad Run Water Reclamation
Facility, Ashburn, Va.
AWARD OF MERIT - Environmental
The $188 million Broad Run Water brane bioreactor, carbon absorption and
Reclamation Facility increases wastewater ultraviolet disinfection liquid treatment
treatment capacity in Loudoun County, train, a new technology. The final efflu-
Va., by 11 million gallons per day. ent is displayed in a gravity aeration
Key Players Construction manager CH2M HILL structure, then proceeds through a
Owner: Loudoun Water, Ashburn, Va. of Chantilly, Va., oversaw the design and channel and settles into two display
Construction Manager: CH2M HILL, building of the new facility on a 23-acre ponds before discharging into a tribu-
Chantilly, Va. site near Washington Dulles Interna- tary of the Potomac River.
Architect/Engineer for Contracts 1 tional Airport for Loudoun Water of The solid treatment train consists of
through 4: CH2M HILL, Chantilly, Va. Ashburn, Va. Design began in April waste-activated sludge thickening with
Architect/Engineer for Contract 5: Black 2002 and construction in July 2006. The centrifuges, anaerobic digestion of com-
& Veatch, Gaithersburg, Md. team completed the project in June. bined thickened sludge and primary
Contractor for Contracts 1 and 4: Fru- Site preparation involved significant solids, dewatering of digested solids and
Con, Woodbridge, Va. blasting. Crews placed about 45,000 cu land treatment.
Contractor for Contracts 2, 3 and 5:
yds of concrete as a foundation for the All of the treatment systems are en-
Pizzagalli Construction Corp., South water-holding structures and process closed in buildings and release no noise
Burlington, Vt. buildings. or odor. A biofilter system is used for
The project team constructed a mem- odor treatment at the plant.
25 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF The Haverford School,
PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Green Projects
Owner: The Haverford School,
Architect: MGA Partners, Architects,
Structural engineer: CVM Structural
Engineers, Wayne, Pa.
M/E/P engineers: H. F. Lenz Co.,
General contractor: INTECH
Construction Inc., Philadelphia
Mechanical contractor: Devine Bros.
Inc, King of Prussia, Pa.
Plumbing contractor: E.J. Raith
Mechanical, West Chester, Pa.
Electrical contractor: Charles H.
MacDonald Electric Inc., Wayne, Pa.
The owner’s decision to seek LEED brary contributes to the natural daylight- Concrete contractor: DeNofa Inc.,
gold certification for the construction of ing throughout the building. Optimized Philadelphia
the Haverford School’s new Upper M/E/P energy performance is equally Steel contractor: Berlin Steel
School, renovation of its 125-year-old integrated through the installation of a Construction, Malvern, Pa.
Wilson Hall and reconstruction of its li- 15,000-gallon gray water storage tank. Masonry contractor: Setag Construction
brary was made so the space could serve Certified wood was used extensively Co., Collegeville, Pa.
as teaching tool for students. throughout the Upper School, Severing-
Millwork contractor: Scheel & Sharp
The interior of Wilson Hall, the haus Library and renovated Wilson Hall. Inc., Norristown, Pa.
25,000-sq-ft iconic campus centerpiece, The general contractor was dedicated to
Drywall contractor: Frank T. Lutter Inc.,
was demolished to create more efficient the use of low-emitting paints, carpet Ambler, Pa.
administrative office and classroom systems and construction waste man-
spaces. It was renovated into a techno- agement.
logically advanced administration build- In particular, the stone from the exist-
ing while retaining its historic character. ing Severinghaus Library was carefully would be required in order to complete
The new 87,000-sq-ft, four-story Up- preserved during demolition and reused construction before doors opened for
per School, a modern glass and steel on the interior for the connections be- the 2008 fall term.
structure, was constructed to house the tween the new building and Wilson The team not only successfully met
school’s arts and sciences program and Hall. the deadline, but made the client and oc-
includes many of the academic class- The project’s schedule was the tough cupants happy with the results.
rooms as well as science labs. part. The construction manager re-
Severinghaus Library, an existing, placed the original contractor two
free-standing building, was demolished months into the project, reducing the
and relocated to the rear of Wilson Hall, original 15-month construction phase to
connecting to the Upper School. 13 months. A thorough review of the
Recycled curtain-wall glass on the plans, specifications and schedule re-
new Upper School and Severinghaus Li- vealed that major sequencing changes
27 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF American Speech - Language
Hearing Association, Rockville, Md.
AWARD OF MERIT - Green Projects
The new American Speech Language row, triangular-shaped lot overlooking a
Hearing Association headquarters in forested stream valley. Boggs & Partners
Rockville, Md., was designed to achieve Architects of Annapolis, Md., designed
LEED silver status, but the team is now the building to complement the site and
Key Players applying for LEED gold. bring in as much natural daylight as
Owner: American Speech Language James G. Davis Construction Corp. of possible and create spaces with pleasant
Hearing Association, Rockville, Md.
Rockville, Md., began construction in views.
Architect: Boggs & Partners Architects, July 2006 and completed the project in The sleek and modern exterior fea-
October 2007. Forrester Construction tures a curved, concave glass curtain
Contractor: James G. Davis Construction Co. of Rockville, Md., began the build- wall positioned above the entry canopy
Corp., Rockville, Md. out of the space in July 2007 and worked to provide a strong vertical counterpoint
Interiors Construction Manager: Forrester while base building continued, complet- to the angular and horizontal nature of
Construction Co., Rockville, Md. ing it six months later. the building.
Structural Engineer: Cagley & Associates Davis declined to disclose the cost for Large, projected, one-story-high glass
Structural Engineers, Rockville, Md. the 137,000-sq-ft base building and and metal panel bay windows which re-
Concrete Contractor: Brothers Concrete 120,000-sq-ft, cast-in-place concrete peat across the north façade of the first-
Construction, Vienna, Va. parking garage. story serve to break down the mass and
The five-story structure sits on a nar- create a pedestrian-friendly scale.
BEST OF BP America, Washington, D.C.
AWARD OF MERIT - Green Projects
BP America’s new $4 million Washing- organic compound carpet. The project
ton, D.C., office houses its governmen- called for many special order and cus-
tal affairs team and will be used to hold tom materials, including glass imported
executive board meetings and accom- from Spain and plumbing fixtures from
modate the office needs of high-ranking Switzerland.
Key Players executives from overseas. About 90% of the seated spaces offer
Owner: BP America, Washington, D.C. Fox Architects of Washington de- outside views and natural illumination.
Architect: Fox Architects, Washington, signed the 21,000-sq-ft project, and Glass partitions maximize the amount
D.C. HITT Contracting of Fairfax, Va., com- of daylight that penetrates into the inte-
Contractor: HITT Contracting, Fairfax, Va. pleted the interior build-out, which con- rior spaces. Motion- and heat-detecting
sists of offices, meeting rooms with sensors control an automated dimming
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer:
GHT Ltd., Arlington, Va. video-conferencing equipment, a con- system in all perimeter offices.
ference room and an open space for the A Switch-Lite glass partition in the ex-
Millwork Contractor: Columbia
Woodworking, Washington, D.C. governmental affairs team. ecutive board conference room can
The team sought LEED platinum cer- transform from fully transparent to
HVAC & Plumbing Contractor: R&R
Mechanical, Bladensburg, Md. tification but achieved gold. Green ma- translucent by energizing the different
terials included Forest Stewardship glass panels, allowing for greater privacy
Council-certified wood and low-volatile during meetings.
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BEST OF Mortgage Bankers Association
Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
AWARD OF MERIT - Green Projects
The $27.5 million Mortgage Bankers did not call for LEED documentation.
Association has a new home, four floors In the early 1900s, a gas station with
of a 10-story building on L Street in underground tanks occupied the site.
Key Players Washington, D.C. Much gasoline had leeched into the sur-
Owner: Mortgage Bankers Association, SIGAL Construction of Arlington, rounding soils, requiring removal and
Washington, D.C. Va., initially built the 238,000-sq-ft steel hauling to scrubbing facilities.
Owners Representative: Orr Partners, and concrete structure for developer No laydown area existed, and two pub-
Falls Church, Va. DRI Development of Washington. After lic alleys adjacent to the project could
General Contractor: SIGAL Construction
construction began, DRI unexpectedly not be blocked. The desire for LEED cer-
Co., Arlington, Va. agreed to sell the building to the Mort- tification complicated the situation,
Architect: SmithGroup, Washington, D.C.
gage Bankers Association. It consists of since there was no space to separate and
three levels of below-grade parking, sort waste materials. Even so, SIGAL di-
Steel Contractor: United Masonry,
181,000 sq ft of commercial office space verted 78% of the waste by hiring a
and a mechanical penthouse. waste hauler to collect all of the excess
Concrete Contractor: Miller & Long Co.,
MBA’s desire for LEED led to materi- in one dumpster and sort offsite.
al changes and collaborating with sub- SIGAL anticipates the project will
Plumbing Contractor: W. E. Bowers,
contractors to secure the necessary pa- achieve LEED gold core and shell and
perwork, even thought their contracts LEED silver interiors.
BEST OF The Tower Companies
Headquarters, Rockville, Md.
AWARD OF MERIT - Green Projects
The new $3 million corporate head- The HVAC system is at least 15%
quarters for the Tower Cos., within the more efficient than a traditional system,
Key Players 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd. Building in and it works in conjunction with the in-
Owner: The Tower Cos., Rockville, Md.
Rockville, Md., incorporates many sus- door air quality plan to provide 30%
tainable features in keeping with the more fresh air than typical offices.
General Contractor: Dietze Construction
company’s commitment to setting new Crews used low- or zero-volatile organic
Group, Ashburn, Va.
standards for green development. compound adhesives, sealants, paints,
Architect: Kishimoto.Gordon.Dalaya, Ar-
Dietze Construction Group of Ash- coatings, composite woods and carpets.
burn, Va., began work on the interior Dietz recycled more than 75% of the
Engineering: KTA Group, Washington, D.C.
build-out of the 20,000-sq-ft space in construction debris. Building materials
Mechanical Contractor: Duffy Mechani- February and completed it in July. used, including steel, drywall, ceiling
cal/EMCOR Co., Upper Marlboro, Md.
The light fixtures feature low-mercury tiles, flooring, furniture and millwork,
Electrical Contractor: NATELCO Corp., bulbs that, when combined with day- contain at least 25% recycled content
Capitol Heights, Md. lighting systems, reduce energy con- and 5% rapidly renewable content. The
Millwork Contractor: Allegheny Millwork, sumption by more than 35% over stan- insulation is fiberglass-free and is made
Lawrence, Pa. dard systems. The space uses water-effi- from old blue jeans.
Glass & Glazing Contractor: Affordable cient plumbing fixtures, which are either
Glass, Frederick, Md. water free, low flow or high efficiency.
31 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Gramercy at Metropolitan Park
2008 AWARDS PROJECT OF THE YEAR - High-Rise Residential
Owner: Kettler, McLean, Va.
General contractor: BE&K Building
Group, Vienna, Va.
Architects: Robert A. M. Stern
Architects, New York, and WDG
Architecture PLLC, Washington, D.C.
Interior designer: Robert A. M. Stern
Architects, New York
Structural engineer: SK&A Structural
Engineers, Washington, D.C.
Mechanical engineer: Atlas Comfort
Systems USA, Manassas, Va.
Electrical engineer: Cherry Lane
Electrical Service Inc., Laurel, Md.
Geotechnical engineer: ECS Mid-
Atlantic, Chantilly, Va.
Civil engineer: VIKA Inc., McLean, Va.
The Gramercy at Metropolitan Park is underground into a new duct bank that Concrete contractor: Miller & Long
the first phase of a 20-year construction was installed on Fern Street. Concrete Construction., Bethesda, Md.
program. The entire project, when com- Once completed, the project team led Rough carpentry contractor: TNK
pleted, will include approximately 3,200 a series of coordination meetings to Carpentry Contractors Inc., Falls
residential units. come up with a plan to provide tempo- Church, Va.
The phase one residential complex rary power while allowing the installa- Finish carpentry contractor: Monumental
houses 399 rental apartment units and tion of the permanent service to ensure Millwork Inc., Westminster, Md.
consists of one 18-story, one six-story minimal disruption to the construction Caisson contractor: Seaboard
and two nine-story buildings connected process. Foundations Inc., Jessup, Md.
by a two-story loft. A parking garage with Along with the electrical service reloca-
two levels below grade is included as tion, the team had to work through sever-
well as retail space at the ground level. al issues related to installing a deep foun-
Amenities such include an internet dation (caisson) system on a site with a overseas included custom millwork
café, conference room, billiard room, relatively high water table. The team was from Vietnam, granite from China and
theater, health club and rooftop swim- required to install and work around a cus- stone flooring from Israel.
ming pool with bar. tom dewatering system designed by the Due to the success of phase one, the
The construction is reinforced con- general contractor to minimize the im- Gramercy at Metropolitan Park project
crete with aluminum windows and an or- pact of water on construction. team was selected to continue with
nate brick/precast facade. The building The scope of work required the use of phase two of the eight-phase plan. The
follows the massing and stylistic strate- extravagant materials from around the second phase, known as The Millenni-
gies of traditional classical buildings. world. Lead times for material orders um at Metropolitan Park, is currently
Project team members were faced became critical because of required ap- under construction and is expected to
with relocating the existing Dominion provals, offsite fabrication and anticipat- finish on time and under budget by late
Power electrical service. The existing ed delays as the materials made their 2009.
overhead power lines had to be moved way through customs. Materials from
33 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF 22 West, Washington, D.C.
AWARD OF MERIT - High-Rise Residential
Just blocks from Dupont Circle and footprint reflects that shape, with one
Georgetown, the $62.3 million 22 West corner meeting at a point. Another fol-
in Washington, D.C., adds 92 luxury con- lows a radius. One side of the building
dominiums to the District’s West End. abuts a historic townhouse.
General contractor Bovis Lend Lease 22 West includes first-floor retail; res-
of Bethesda, Md., began work on devel- idential units, ranging in price from
Key Players oper EastBanc of Washington’s 10-story $838,500 to $3.8 million for a two-level
Owner: EastBanc, Washington, D.C. project in August 2005 with demolition penthouse; four levels of below-grade
Architect: Shalom Baranes Associates, of an existing gasoline station, saving parking; and a rooftop pool area. At the
Washington portions of it for use in the retail section front of building sits a gas station, with
General Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease, of the new building. Contaminated soil a green roof.
Bethesda, Md. and rock had to be removed, and a 100- The units feature 9-ft ceilings, wood
Structural Engineer: Tadjer-Cohen- year-old, 10-ft-diameter sewer line floors, and Greek marble and Italian
Edelson Associates, Silver Spring, Md. rerouted. The new line is cast-in-place slate tile bathrooms.
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing concrete with a brick cunette. Sound-resistant glass curtain wall,
Engineer: Girard Engineering, Falls The 269,000-sq-ft, post-tensioned aluminum and zinc panels grace the ex-
Church, Va. structure sits on a triangular lot, and the terior. Construction wrapped up in July.
BEST OF Silo Point Condominiums,
AWARD OF MERIT - High-Rise Residential
An adaptive reuse, the $92.7 million blends old and new and features tower-
Silo Point Condominiums on the South ing ceilings, units with warehouse-style
Peninsula of Baltimore, transforms a floor plans and a basilica-like lobby with
290-ft-tall, 1920s-era grain elevator into 23-ft octagonal columns and bathed in
a mixed-use development with 229 wa- natural daylight.
Owner: Turner Development Group,
terfront, luxury apartments. Construction included adding six
Suffolk Construction Co. of Falls structural-steel frame floors atop the ex-
Architect: PARAmeter, Baltimore
Church, Va., selectively demolished 160 isting 18-story concrete structure and
General Contractor: Suffolk Construction of the former grain silos and recon- building a cast-in-place concrete struc-
Co., Falls Church, Va. structed 11 to serve as reminders of the ture with two levels of retail and resi-
Electrical Contractor: Benfield Electric, site’s heritage. The company also con- dential above that wraps around a 500-
Aberdeen, Md. structed a new cast-in-place structure car parking garage supported by the ex-
Concrete Contractor: Oncore bedside the remaining silos and within isting silo field podium. Additional two-
Construction, Bladensburg, Md. the original footprint. level townhouse-style units with roof
Steel Contractor: Fabbco Steel, Owings Work on the 646,000-sq-ft project, for gardens top the parking deck. Suffolk
Mills, Md. Turner Development Group of Balti- used metal stick frame construction
Mechanical Contractor: Madison more, began in October 2006 and was method for these units and metal panel
Mechanical, Marriottsville, Md. completed in November. The project siding.
35 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF The Radian, Philadelphia
AWARD OF MERIT - High-Rise Residential
The Radian, a $65 million student team incorporated concrete into archi-
apartment complex at the University of tectural elements in the completed
Key Players Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, replaces a building. The concrete shear walls were
Owner: University Partners, Atlanta former single-story retail complex with expressed on the exterior wall, and
Architect: Erdy McHenry Architecture, 154 units for 500 students. sealed concrete was the finished product
Philadelphia University Partners of Atlanta devel- on floors and ceilings in the residential
Contractor: INTECH Construction, oped and manages the building on land areas.
Philadelphia owned by the university. The 14-story INTECH delayed steel erection on the
Structural Engineer: The Harman Group,
Radian broke ground in January 2007. low-rise structure until the prefabricated
King of Prussia, Pa. INTECH Construction of Philadelphia rain-screen wall panel system was com-
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
finished the 14-story high-rise in August plete on the main building, eliminating
Engineer: PHY Consulting Engineers, and students began moving in. the need for a costly tower crane.
Philadelphia The short turnaround time precluded A 12,000-sq-ft green roof covers about
Site and Civil Engineer: Pennoni a structural steel-frame for the tower, 20% of the building’s footprint. In addi-
Associates, Philadelphia due to long lead times needed for steel. tion, sloped roofs direct water to green
Concrete Contractor: B. Pietrini & Sons, That left concrete, which put additional areas.
King of Prussia, Pa. pressure on the budget. The design
BEST OF Gaylord National Resort and
Convention Center, Prince George’s
County, Md. PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Hospitality
The project team building the $865
million Gaylord National Convention
Center along the Potomac River faced
an aggressive schedule between Sep-
tember 2006 and its completion this
The largest convention center resort
on the Eastern Seaboard stands 20 sto-
ries high and includes 2,000 hotel
rooms and more than 470,000 sq ft of
convention and meeting space. A
50,000-sq-ft ballroom is included.
The hotel building skin is primarily
precast panels, punch windows, glass
curtain wall and strip windows. Stone
veneer was added to accent both the
ground and second floors. Prefinished
metal panels were included in the cur-
tain wall and at the penthouses.
The convention center building skin gardens. The 2,000 pieces of glass weigh
is primarily precast panels with glass 500 lbs each and are supported by 50- Key Players
curtain wall. The parking garage was ton trusses. Workers installed the 240- Owner/Developer: Gaylord Hotels,
constructed using structural precast ac- and 210-ft steel trusses that stretch from
General contractor: Perini/Tompkins
cented with architectural precast panels. one side of the resort to the other by lift- Joint Venture, Oxon Hill, Md.
Additional building materials include ed cranes.
Architect: Gensler, Washington, D.C.
high-end interior finishes throughout At its construction peak, nearly 2,000
Structural engineer: The Harman Group
the hotel and convention center and personnel worked around the clock. Dai- Inc., King of Prussia, Pa.
glass curtain wall at the elevator lobby ly schedules had to take into account al- Mechanical and electrical engineer:
façade. ternative routes and other traffic consid- WSP Flack + Kurtz, Arlington, Va.
The high quality of work performed erations. Geotechnical engineer: ECS Mid-At-
on the project is especially evident The convention center booked its one lantic, Chantilly, Va.
through the project’s 65,000-sq-ft glass millionth room 10 months prior to its Structural steel contractor: Banker Steel
Co., Lynchburg, Va.
atrium. The 18-story arched atrium cov- grand opening, creating even more ur-
Concrete contractor: Celestial Concrete
ers more that 1.5 acres of indoor tropical gency for the building team. In one of Construction, Washington, D.C.
the most aggressive construction sched-
Electrical contractor: John E. Kelly &
ules undertaken in the region, employ- Sons, Upper Marlboro, Md.
ees and workers worked seven days a Mechanical contractor: Pierce Associ-
week. Their efforts led to the completion ates Inc., Oxon Hill, Md.
of the Gaylord National Resort and Con- Mechanical controls contractor: Johnson
Controls Inc., Oxon Hill, Md.
vention Center on time and to owner
satisfaction. Fire protection contractor: National Fire
Protection, Rockville, Md.
Masonry contractor: Norman Evans Ma-
sonry Inc., Lanham, Md.
37 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Hilton Baltimore Convention
Center Hotel, Baltimore, Md.
AWARD OF MERIT - Hospitality
Construction of the $236.4 million, 90,000 cu yds of soil, the team found 30
850,000-sq-ft Hilton Baltimore Conven- previously unidentified petroleum tanks,
tion Center Hotel allows the city to play which were removed along with 900 truck
host to larger conventions and boost the loads of contaminated soil.
Key Players economic vitality of the downtown area. More than 180 caissons support the
Owner: Baltimore Hotel Corp., Baltimore The Hensel Phelps Design Build Team grand ballroom; 20-story, concrete-
Architect/Engineer & Structural Engineer: completed the fast-track, design-build frame guest tower; and 550-car parking
RTKL Associates, Baltimore project in August. The joint venture part- deck, while the three-story junior ball-
Contractor: Hensel Phelps Design Build ners Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of room and restaurant building sits on vi-
Team, a joint venture among Hensel Chantilly, Va., Doracon Contracting and brated aggregate piles atop existing fill.
Phelps Construction Co. of Chantilly, Banks Contracting Co., both of Baltimore, A sky bridge connects the two struc-
Va., Doracon Contracting and Banks began the work in February 2006. tures. A second sky bridge links the ho-
Contracting Co., both of Baltimore
RTKL Associates of Baltimore designed tel with the convention center.
Civil Engineer: Whitney, Bailey, Cox & the two-building, 757-room hotel tower,
Magnani, Baltimore conference facilities and parking garage.
Plumbing / Mechanical (Design & Construc- Crews began by demolishing two paved
tion): Southland Industries, Dulles, Va. parking lots and an auto mechanics shop
on the six-acre site. While excavating
BEST OF Equinix Data Center,
AWARD OF MERIT - Industrial
The $48 million Equinix Data Center and load-bearing masonry and precast
– DC5, a tier IV Internet business ex- annex between two existing buildings,
change data center in a Northern Vir- using multiple small cranes in the inte-
ginia industrial park, opened in June. rior of the structure because the FAA de-
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of nied the request for a large crane.
Key Players Chantilly, Va., began the project for the Hensel Phelps used a short interval
Owner: Equinix Operating Co., Forest Equinix Operating Co. of Forest City, production scheduling technique on the
City, Calif. Calif., in November 2007. Scope includ- project. It emulates an assembly line in
Architect, Structural, Mechanical and ed interior fit-out of an existing 10-year- the sense that each trade is given a de-
Electrical Engineer: IDC Architects, Port- old, 70,000-sq-ft warehouse and the ad- fined work area, with exclusive use of
land, Ore. dition of a 30,000-sq-ft annex building. the space for a set number of days in
Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Sixty computer room air-conditioning which to complete work in that section.
Co., Chantilly, Va. units cool the buildings through 3,000 This method creates a “train” effect in
Plumbing and Mechanical Contractor: lin ft of ductwork. Crews placed more which each trade follows through an area
Southland Industries, Dulles, Va. than 11 mi of conduit, 400 tons of steel one after another until it is complete.
Electrical Contractor: MC Dean, Dulles and 95 mi of cable throughout the eight- They can easily understand where they
month schedule. need to be each week and what they need
The team erected the structural steel to accomplish by week’s end.
39 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Morgan State University
New Library, Baltimore, Md.
PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Institutional
Owner: Morgan State University, Balti-
General contractor: Hess Construction +
Engineering Services, Gaithersburg, Md.
Architect: Design Collective Inc., Balti-
Architectural consultant: Sasaki Associ-
ates Inc., Watertown, Mass.
Associate architect: FON Architects,
Structural engineer: Hope Furrer Associ-
ates, Towson, Md.
MEP engineer: Henry Adams LLC, Tow- Morgan State University’s New Library chilled water for the building’s HVAC
replaces the existing Soper Library with systems. All rooms include automatic
Plumbing/fire protection engineer: KES technology-based study spaces, learning occupancy sensors for lighting and au-
Engineering Inc., Baltimore
environments and meeting facilities. tomated solar-tracking window shades.
Geotechnical engineer: Froehling & The 220,000-sq-ft facility provides ac- The building is one of the first in the
Robertson Inc., Jessup, Md.
cess to all of the library’s holdings and United States to use a stone façade rain
Civil engineer and landscape architect: showcases the university’s special collec- screen system in which the metal sub-
Site Resources Inc., Phoenix, Md.
tion of African-American manuscripts frame over air barrier allows for contin-
Caisson contractor: Eastern Caisson and memorabilia. The facility includes uous exterior insulation by minimizing
Corp. Glen Rock, Pa.
campus and community meeting rooms, the number of penetrations and thermal
Concrete contractor: Daniel G. Schuster
classrooms and computer labs, and breaks in the insulation envelope.
Construction Inc., Owings Mills, Md.
gallery space. It houses 650,000 volumes. The complexity of the building mate-
Masonry contractor: Baltimore Masonry
This site strategically places the li- rials – which came from the United
Inc., Eldersberg, Md.
brary along Morgan Commons, the States, Europe, Asia and South America
Steel contractors: Powell Steel Corp.,
main pedestrian spine for the campus, – required extensive coordination with
Lancaster, Pa., and Baltimore Steel
Erectors, White Marsh, Md.
at the midpoint between the academic concrete, steel and framing trades to
quadrangle to the north and the resi- meet the requirements of the finishes.
Glass and curtainwall contractor: Zephyr
Aluminum Inc., Baltimore
dential campus to the south. The design team and contractors
The flexible building design allows for worked extensively to find the right mix
Roofing contractor: Citiroof Corp., Co-
lumbia, Md. spaces to be reconfigured as academic and installation method for the architec-
programs change and evolve. The design tural concrete used in the exposed
Interior finishes contractor: Manganaro
Midatlantic, Beltsville, Md. of building roof overhangs, green roof, frame, pouring more than a dozen con-
glass fins, sunscreens and light monitors crete column mock-ups before reaching
Wood panels and millwork contractor:
Greenbrier Architectural Woodwork, maximize daylighting throughout the a benchmark that the in-place columns
Ronceverte, W.V. building, yet minimize glare and direct would be required to achieve.
HVAC contractor: G.E. Tignall & Co., exposure during summer months. The project was located in a campus
Hunt Valley, Md. Other sustainable features include an area with three other projects under
automatic building energy management construction at the same time, and that
and control system as well as a central required extensive coordination be-
campus plant that provides steam and tween other contractors.
41 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Gallaudet University - James Lee
Sorenson Language & Communication
Center, Washington, D.C.
AWARD OF MERIT - Institutional
The $23 million James Lee Sorenson covered a former waste dump. That
Language and Communication Center at meant shifting the foundation to 347 18-
Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., in. auger-cast piles rather than caissons,
will serve as a campus gathering place and which in turn, required a redesign of the
Key Players embrace the concept of visucentric design structural steel.
Owner: Gallaudet University, Washing- for deaf and hard of hearing students. The foundation system limits vibra-
ton, D.C. Heery International of Baltimore pro- tions that could negatively affect student
Program Manager: Heery International, vided program management services, be- experiences. Limiting vibration also
Baltimore ginning in 2005. Design took two years, six prompted the design to place the me-
Architect and Mechanical and Electrical months longer than it took Forrester Con- chanical systems in the basement.
Engineer: SmithGroup Architects, Wash- struction Co. of Rockville, Md., to build the The project team sought LEED certifica-
ington 87,700-sq-ft, structural-steel-frame build- tion. The design features natural daylight.
Contractor: Forrester Construction Co., ing, which was finished in July. Deep porches and a ceramic-dot pattern in
Rockville, Md. Initial assumptions during cost-mod- the low-e glass were used to control sun-
Plumbing Contractor: R & R Mechanical, eling phases were based on an old geot- rays from entering the building and caus-
Bladensburg, Md. ech investigation for an adjacent site. ing glare or affecting students’ ability to
However, an actual site investigation un- use American Sign Language.
BEST OF Paul J. Sweeney Public Safety
Building, New Castle, Del.
AWARD OF MERIT - Institutional
The $38 million Paul J. Sweeney Pub- 2005 on the 128,000-sq-ft, four-story,
lic Safety Building in New Castle, Del., structural-steel building. The project
consolidates the police, emergency oper- wrapped up in October.
ations, emergency medical services and The cast-in-place foundation and wall
Key Players 911 call center into one facility. system allows the lobby and entrance
Owner: New Castle County, Delaware New Castle County hired Tevebaugh plaza to sit 4 ft above grade, created as an
Architect: Tevebaugh Associates, Wilming- Associates of Wilmington, Del., to con- element of passive security for the mis-
ton, Del. duct a predesign study to determine pro- sion-critical facility. Architectural precast
Contractor: Gilbane Building Co., Wilmington gram needs now and until 2020. For eco- clads the exterior walls, providing another
Structural Engineer: O’Donnell, Naccarato & nomic and logistical reasons, the county security feature. A curtain-wall system al-
MacIntosh, Wilmington decided to locate the new facilities on the lows daylight into the public and admin-
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Paul H. existing 15-acre police headquarters’ site. istrative side of the building.
Yeomans, Philadelphia Tevebaugh Associates developed a A geothermal heat-pump system, with
Civil Engineer: Duffield Associates phased-construction master plan so that 220 200-ft-deep wells, heats and cools the
Steel Contractor: Berlin Steel, Malvern, Pa. the current and future buildings could building. A rainwater harvesting system
Mechanical Contractor: Worth & Co., Pop- temporarily coexist at the same location. and flow restrictions on plumbing features
ersville, Pa. Gilbane Building Co. of Wilmington, will reduce potable water demand by 80%.
Del., began construction in February The team seeks LEED silver certification.
42 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Snead Hall, School of Business and
East Hall, School of Engineering,
AWARD OF MERIT - Institutional
The $69.5 million project to build the tating removal and disposal of the con-
Snead Hall School of Business and the taminated soil. They also unearthed
East Hall School of Engineering at Vir- basements of former buildings.
Key Players ginia Commonwealth University in The new structure sits on massive
Richmond creates a cross-disciplinary spread footings placed upon engineered
Owner: Virginia Commonwealth Universi-
approach to education. fill. Due to the overall poor quality of the
Gilbane Building Co. of Richmond soil, massive undercuts, some of which
Program Manager: Trammel Crow Co.,
began the 243,717-sq-ft project in Au- were more than 14 ft deep, were required
gust 2005 and finished it in January. The to obtain the necessary bearing capacities.
Construction Manager: Gilbane Building
university began moving furniture in The School of Business employs a
before completion to ensure the four- structural-steel frame, while the School
Architect: Moseley Architects, Virginia
story building could open for the spring of Engineering structure is cast-in-place
semester. concrete to minimize vibrations that
Concrete Contractor: Cleveland Cement Sitework began with demolition of could interfere with subsequent labora-
nine existing structures and parking tory experiments.
Electrical Contractor: Truland Systems lots. While excavating, crews found a The classical colonial-style façade is
Corp., Richmond, Va.
dozen underground oil tanks, necessi- primarily masonry and precast concrete.
BEST OF American Trucking Association
Headquarters, Alexandria, Va.
AWARD OF MERIT - Interior Fit-Out
Forrester Construction Co., of a high-end version of a truck trailer, with
Rockville, Md., completed a $9.7 million wood floors, walls and ceilings and pat-
interior fit-out of the new American terned acrylic windows.
Trucking Association’s headquarters in Specialty lighting illuminates file
Alexandria, Va. niches in the regular office spaces. The
Key Players The 128,000-sq-ft project got off to a reception area features a two-story atri-
Owner: American Trucking Associations, late start when the base building did not um and a two-story American flag sculp-
finish on schedule, delaying permitting ture wall with metal stars and stripes.
Architect: RTKL, Washington, D.C. for the interior work. Even though the The 12th-floor executive offices are 30
Contractor: Forrester Construction Co., owner extended the schedule, Forrester ft high slab to slab and have three levels
Rockville, Md. completed it one month early in Febru- of ceilings. Due to the large floor-to-ceil-
Concrete Contractor: Intown Restora- ary so ATA could move in on time. ing span, crews placed additional sup-
tions, Easton, Md. The facilities include a conference port steel, which was covered to match
Structural Steel: R&R Fabrication, center, lobby with interconnecting stair, the lobby flag wall. Millwork paneling
Prince Frederick, Md. cafeteria, meeting areas, executive floor and light fixtures in the briefing center
Architectural Millwork: Creative Dimen- and roof terrace. Veneer and lacquer on this floor were relocated from ATA’s
sion Group, Fredericksburg, Va. wall panels are found throughout. former office.
“Trailer pantries” on each floor resemble
43 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF I. Gorman Jewelers,
AWARD OF MERIT - Interior Fit-Out
I. Gorman Jewelers’ new store in crete topping slab to level the floor.
Washington, D.C., allows the retailer to An exterior storefront system features a
display inventory in a modern environ- crisp, white backlit resin panel with the
ment with high-end finishes and an or- retailer’s name. The exterior is wrapped
Key Players ganic-toned palette. with wenge wood in contrast to the pre-
Owner: I. Gorman Jewelers, Washington, D.C. James G. Davis Construction Corp. of cast structure of the existing building.
Architect: Hickok Cole Architects, Washing- Rockville, Md., began the 3,300-sq-ft in- Wenge wood carries throughout the
terior fit-out in October 2007 and com- store. Customers enter and are welcomed
Contractor: James G. Davis Construction pleted it three months later. The compa- by a back-lit white onyx wall, which slow-
Corp., Rockville, Md.
ny would not disclose the cost. ly transitions visually throughout the day;
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engi-
neer: Global Engineering Solutions, Rockville The front floor was originally lower than a white resin beverage bar; and a dark
Architectural Woodwork: Brunswick Wood- the back and 6-in. below sidewalk elevation, wood and resin structure supporting
working, Ijamsville, Md. posing problems with code compliance, three suspended circular display cases.
Plumbing and HVAC Contractor: R&R Me- egress and aesthetics. Additional concrete Ceiling lights were selected and in-
chanical Contractors, Bladensburg, Md. to bring it level would have resulted in stalled at certain positions and angles to
Electrical Contractor: Natelco Corp., Capitol weight fatigue. Davis decided to install 3-in. work in conjunction with lighting with-
Styrofoam fill and then pour a 3-in. con- in the display cases and to diffuse glare.
BEST OF U.S. Capitol Visitor Center -
House and Senate Shell Space,
AWARD OF MERIT - Interior Fit-Out
The Capitol Visitor Center will open in es, constructed offsite to ensure con-
December, providing visitors to the U.S. structability and correctness, then dis-
Key Players Capitol a place to enter and learn more mantled and shipped to the project for
Owner: Architect of the Capitol, Washington, about the legislative process. The project final installation.
D.C. also provides new space for congres- A two-story House hearing room fea-
Architect and Engineer: RTKL Associates, sional administrative functions and tures three fixed and one moveable row
Washington, D.C. lockers for the U.S. Capitol Police. of daises on tiered podiums and a 15-ft-
Construction Manager: Gilbane Building Co., As part of the project, Manhattan Con- diameter glass fixture. The project also
Laurel, Md. struction of Washington, D.C., and the includes a recording studio and special
Congressional Interior Fit Out Contractor: Architect of the Capitol awarded Grunley fire protection systems within archival
Grunley Construction Co. of Rockville, Md.
Construction Co. of Rockville, Md., a storage rooms.
Concrete Contractor (form, reinforcement, $37.6 million contract to fit out the
cast-in-place and cementations floor top-
ping): Vertex, Boonsboro, Md. 170,000-sq-ft House and Senate expan-
Structural Steel Framing of Monumental Stair:
sion spaces, which were subdivided into
Valley Bronze, Joseph, Ore. seven distinct areas of the subterranean
Custom Millwork and Carpentry: Wellingford facility. Work began in June 2005.
Systems, Alexandria, Va. Structural steel serves as the back-
bone for two three-story spiral staircas-
45 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Jenkins Row, Washington, D.C.
AWARD OF MERIT - Mixed-Use
Jenkins Row on Capital Hill, a mixed- Avenue and the residential scale of the
use project, expands the traditional surrounding neighborhood. A drum
boundary of upscale Capitol Hill east to- shape adds presence to the corner of
Key Player ward the Stadium Armory area of Wash- Pennsylvania and Potomac avenues.
Owner: JPI Apartment Development, ington, D.C. To minimize the perceived length of
McLean, Va. The complex, designed by SK&I Ar- the building, the facade is conceptually
General Contractor: JPI Homes, McLean, Va. chitectural Design Group of Bethesda, divided into separate buildings with dis-
Architect: SK&I Architectural Design Md., includes a grocery store, café, 250 tinct architecture styles. Metal panels
Group, Bethesda, Md. one- and two-bedroom units and 450 be- emphasize the contemporary portion of
Structural Engineer: Cates Engineering,
low-grade parking spaces. the design.
Centreville, Va. JPI Homes of McLean, Va., built the An internal courtyard above the gro-
380,000-sq-ft project for JPI Apartment cery store maximizes the units’ expo-
Concrete Contractor: Miller & Long,
Bethesda, Md. Development, also of McLean, starting sure to daylight and includes seating ar-
work in April 2005 and completing the eas, a gazebo and sculpture fountain.
Plumbing Contractor: Stubbs Plumbing,
Clinton, Md. job in March. SK&I did not release cost.
The massing of the building embod-
Electrical Contractor: Power Design, St.
Petersburg, Fla. ies both the civic scale of Pennsylvania
BEST OF Justison Landing, Wilmington, Del.
AWARD OF MERIT - Mixed-Use
The $93.6 million Justison Landing system and are clad in brick, cast stone
mixed-use project aims to help revitalize and metal panel siding.
the Wilmington, Del., Christiana River- J.J. DeLuca used premanufactured,
front by transforming a former brown- load-bearing structural-steel walls with -
Key Player field site into upscale residential units. DensGlass sheathing and a Hambro
Owner: BPGS Construction, Wilmington J.J. DeLuca Co. of Springfield, Pa., floor system on the rental buildings.
Contractor: J.J. DeLuca Co., Springfield, Pa.
worked with the developer BPGS Con- The company also used plastic piping
struction of Wilmington throughout the that requires no soldering, joints or cut-
Architect: Burt Hill Kosar & Rittelmann,
preconstruction phase to bring the ting of copper pipes.
500,000-sq-ft project within budget. The Dry-dock structures from a 1930s-era
Concrete: Talley Bothers, Wilmington
company broke ground in June 2006 shipbuilding company remained ap-
Masonry: Joseph Rizzo & Sons, New and completed the work in September. proximately 20 ft below grade. Approxi-
The project consists of four buildings mately 400 H-piles, ranging from 40 to
Plumbing: I.D. Griffith, Wilmington housing 129 for-sale units, 214 rental 50 ft, were driven into the ground for
Mechanical: E.J. De Seta, New Castle, units, first-floor retail, office space and stabilization. Underground plumbing
Del. two parking garages. The two condo- and electrical conduit passed over exist-
Electrical: Battaglia Electric, New Castle minium buildings are built using a ing industrial foundations from prior
lightweight, cold-formed steel-framing uses.
BEST OF Union Row, Washington, D.C
AWARD OF MERIT - Mixed-Use
The mixed-use Union Row contributes man Construction and Development of
to the revival of the U Street neighbor- Washington, D.C., began construction
hood in Washington, D.C. in May 2005 and completed the 334,760-
SK&I Architectural Design Group of sq-ft PN Hoffman project in January.
Key Player Bethesda, Md., designed the complex to SK&I did not release cost.
preserve the historical structures that ex- SK&I preserved the existing alley in
Owner: PN Hoffman, Washington, D.C.
isted on the site—two simple industrial the warehouse section and enhanced it
Contractor: PN Hoffman Construction
warehouses along the interior alley of with new hardscape, light fixtures and
and Development, Washington, D.C.
the block. SK&I kept the warehouses’ street-level awnings. Two stair towers, at
Architect: SK&I Architectural Design
structural frames and topped them with either end, guide visitors to the elevated
Group, Bethesda, Md.
two stories of new construction. Archi- gateway that serves the third-floor units.
Structural Engineer: Ehlert/Bryan, tects placed two seven-story towers upon On the new building, SK&I broke up
retail bases and three levels of below- the mass by creating three distinct
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing grade parking. looks, with slight variations of propor-
Engineer: GHT, Arlington, Va.
The project includes 208 flat-style tion and rhythm, including textured
Concrete Contractor: Miller & Long, condominiums, ranging from efficien- bays, strong corner elements, awnings
cies to three-bedroom units, and 52 loft- and cornices.
style studios and townhouses. PN Hoff-
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BEST OF Comcast Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
2008 AWARDS PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Office
Owner/Developer: Liberty Property
Trust/Commerz, Philadelphia, PA
Project Manager: Hill International, Inc.,
Architect: Robert A. M. Stern Architects,
New York City
Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton
Associates, Inc., Houston, TX
Construction Manager: L.F. Driscoll
Company, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Structural Engineer: Thornton
Tomasetti, New York, NY
MEP Engineer: Paul H Yeomans, Inc.,
LEED Consultant: Atelier Ten, New York
BEST OF Columbia Center, Washington, D.C.
AWARD OF MERIT - Office
The $44 million Columbia Center in and be visible for blocks. This light
Washington, D.C., with its sleek, con- cube, glazed with low-e, iron-clear glass,
temporary façade, contrasts with neigh- provides a deep and uninterrupted view
boring precast buildings and creates a into the building’s core and creates the
Key Player striking appearance designed to help it appearance of a seamless, frameless, il-
attract tenants. luminated, four-story lobby.
Owner: Monument Realty, Washington, D.C.
Hickok Cole Architects of Washing- In lieu of large concrete columns to sup-
Architect: Hickok Cole Architects, ton designed the 12-story, 415,000-sq-ft port the floors above, designers slanted
building after conducting an in-house two thin, round, 42-ft-high steel columns
Contractor: James G. Davis Construction charrette process. James G. Davis Con- and placed floor-mounted light rods at var-
Group, Rockville, Md.
struction Group of Rockville, Md., built ious angles between the columns.
Civil Engineer: Edwards and Kelcey, the post-tensioned building between Glass curtain walls sheath almost all
April 2005 and January. of the front façade, allowing light to per-
Structural Engineer: SK&A Structural Designers noted that while Columbia meate through all four sides. At the
Engineers, Washington, D.C. Center would be wedged between two northeast corner, the curtain wall, start-
Geotechnical Engineer: ECS, Chantilly, Va. other buildings, an adjacent alley would ing at the fourth floor, slopes away from
allow for a corner atrium, a light-box the adjacent building to capture maxi-
lobby that would illuminate the interior mum natural light.
48 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Pentagon Memorial, Arlington, Va.
2008 AWARDS PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Park/Site/Landscaping
Owner: DoD/Washington Headquarters
Service, Arlington, Va.
Design/Build Team: Balfour Beatty Con-
struction, Fairfax, Va. (general contrac-
tor) and Lee + Papa and Associates,
Washington, D.C. (architect of record)
Structural and civil engineer: Alpha
Corp., Dulles, Va.
MEP engineer: Syska Hennessy Group,
Concept designer: Kaseman Beckman
Amsterdam Studio, Philadelphia
Electrical contractor: M.C. Dean, Dulles,
Mechanical contractor: Southland Indus-
tries, Irvine, Calif.
Memorial unit casting: MetalTek Interna-
tional, Waukesha, Wis.
The project team creating a memorial unit has five custom-fabricated pieces of Memorial unit polishing: Buchtel Metal
to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 at- granite installed to form its top seating Finishing, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
tack on the Pentagon had to fulfill a surface. The field of Memorial Units is Custom stainless steel fabrication: OEC
heartfelt mission. organized by the victims’ birth year, Engineering Corp., Chantilly, Va., and
The Pentagon Memorial Family Steer- forming age lines. Alliance Steel, Bedford Park, Ill.
ing committee, made up of the loved There are more than 2 mi of stainless Memorial unit light fabrication: StarFire
ones of the victims, asked the team to steel age lines installed with more than Lighting Inc., Wood-Ridge, N.J.
create a “memorial that translates this 14,000 bolted connections anchoring Memorial unit fountain system equipment
terrible tragedy into a place of solace, each age line to a concrete grade beam and controls: Delta Fountains, Jack-
peace and healing.” The team delivered below grade. Each unit weighs approxi-
a project that not only met that request mately 1,200 lbs with precast concrete
but also created an oasis that will cele- basins weighing more than 7,000 lbs.
brate patriotism and democracy for An individual light illuminates the
years to come. underside of every unit and its private of equipment within the boundary of
One of the park’s major components circulating pool of water. The 184 lights the park. Therefore, all fill materials had
is the highly unique Memorial Unit. It’s are the primary light source for the en- to be installed by a Telebelt system, in-
adjacent to the Pentagon impact site and tire park. More than 40 individual, cus- cluding the placement of all 200 cubic
is where 184 individual “Memorial tom-fabricated elements come together yards of concrete for the foundation.
Units” represent each victim killed in to make each unit.
the attack. Each was finished and polished by
Each unit is a cast stainless steel ele- hand, requiring more than 100 hours of
ment that “grows” out of the ground and work.
is cantilevered over a precast concrete- The positioning of the concrete foun-
formed pool of circulating water. Each dation system did not allow for the use
49 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Park Village at The Villages of
Belvoir, Fort Belvoir, Va.
AWARD OF MERIT - Renovation
Key Player The $7.9 million Park Village at The wood-frame construction, concrete
Villages of Belvoir preserves and re- foundation walls and piers and then re-
Owner: Clark Realty Capital, Arlington, Va.
stores two historic, World War I-era turned the original panel look to the ex-
Architect: RKtects Studio, Alexandria, Va.
buildings to bring them up to current terior. They replaced roofing and siding
Contractor: Clark Builders Group, Fort standards and add 22 new homes to cre- and added a front porch and master
ate a craftsman village-style, pedestrian- bathroom addition, while keeping the
Structural Engineer: Linton Engineering, friendly neighborhood. original craftsman style of the house.
Potomac Falls, Va. Clark Builders Group of Fort Belvoir, Inside, the team installed new wood
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing En- Va., completed the renovation for Clark flooring, carpet, HVAC systems and
gineering: Metropolitan Engineering, Realty Capital of Arlington, Va., in plumbing, electrical and telecommuni-
March, 15 months after starting the cation systems. They also restored two
Geotechnical Engineering: ECS Corpo- work. The project was the result of a brick fireplaces to working order.
rate Services, Chantilly, Va.
public-private partnership to develop, Clark saved more than 75 trees and
Concrete Contractor: Lisbon, Manassas rehabilitate and construct more than added 77. It limited new landscaping to
2,000 homes at Fort Belvoir. native species to reduce water consump-
Plumbing Contractor: Breeden Mechani- Crews stripped the two 2,203-sq-ft his- tion.
cal, Manassas, Va. toric structures down to the original
Electrical Contractor: Dynalectric, Dulles, Va.
BEST OF UVA South Chiller Plan Expansion
Phase II, Charlottesville, Va.
AWARD OF MERIT - Renovation
The $17.7 million, phase-two Univer- ing equipment with vibrations. Also not
sity of Virginia South Chiller Plant Ex- to disturb medical or research opera-
Key Player pansion project in Charlottesville adds tions, special precautions were em-
Owner: University of Virginia, 2,000 tons of capacity to the 4,000 tons ployed to avoid any fumes or chemicals
Charlottesville, Va. installed during phase one. generated during construction to enter
Architect: Ayers/Saint/Gross, Baltimore
The project, undertaken by Martin the air intakes of adjacent facilities. That
Horn of Charlottesville, began in February required using low-volatile organic com-
General Contractor: Martin Horn,
2007 and was completed in September. pound materials and installing scrubber
Before the expansion could occur, equipment on the exhaust of the me-
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: AEI –
crews had to remove a 4-ft-thick, 150-ton chanical diesel equipment.
Affiliated Engineers East, Chapel Hill, N.C.
piece of concrete installed in the middle Roof installation also took place at
Concrete Contractor: Faulconer
of the existing, two-story plant by a prior night to prevent the roofer’s asphalt ket-
Construction, Charlottesville, Va.
contractor and relocate the existing tle’s fumes from entering medical re-
Plumbing and Mechanical Contractor:
chilled water piping running within the search facilities.
Sullivan Mechanical, Shenandoah, Va.
footprint to temporary 18-in., above-
Electrical Contractor: Design Electric,
ground incoming and outgoing lines.
Crews installed caissons during off
hours to avoid disrupting hospital imag-
51 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Robert H. Smith Visitor Education
Center Historical Renovation
PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Restoration
The preservation of President Lincoln’s
cottage and the rehabilitation of the Visi-
tor Education Center on the Soldiers’
Home National Monument site near
downtown Washington, D.C., is the final
and largest phase of work at the site.
Founded in 1851 as a home for dis-
abled war veterans, the Soldiers’ Home
spans 250 acres and includes the Gothic
Revival-style Lincoln Cottage where
President Lincoln resided during the
summer months of the Civil War.
The Visitor Education Center project
included a complete mechanical and
electrical retrofit upgrade; provided new
fire alarm and fire suppression systems;
and included the restoration of existing
plaster walls, ornamental cornice ceil-
ings and finishes. Audio/video systems The cottage restoration returned the
and museum exhibits were installed to two-story, 34-room brick and stucco Key Players
enhance visitors’ experience, including a house to its 1860s condition and includ- Owner: National Trust for Historic
temperature- and humidity-controlled ed all new mechanical and electrical sys- Preservation, Washington, D.C.
special exhibits room for precious docu- tems, plaster conservation, lead paint
Construction manager: The Christman
ments such as an original copy of Lin- abatement and detailed finish carpentry. Company, Alexandria, Va.
coln’s Emancipation Proclamation. While both the cottage and the educa-
Architect: RMJM/Hillier Architecture,
All new mechanical equipment was tion center were included within the Philadelphia
installed in the attic, including a 55-ton scope of one project, their systems and
MEP and fire protection engineer:
chiller and a four-ton, 9- by 8-ft, 40-ft- preservation intents were different. As a Joseph R. Loring and Associates Inc.,
long make-up air unit. Crews hoisted result, only the Visitors Education Cen- Washington, D.C.
the unit through the existing interior. ter would pursue LEED certification. Structural engineer: Robert Silman
Restoration of the existing millwork The structure is expected to qualify for Associates, Washington, D.C.
doors, frames and trim, ceramic penny- gold status.
Mechanical and plumbing contractor:
round tile and windows provided the fi- Because of their differences, construc- Welch and Rushe, Upper Marlboro, Md.
nal touches to the historical building. tion of the two adjacent projects was
Fire protection contractor: Strickland
complex, creating an extra level of man- Fire Protection Inc., College Park, Md.
agement of documentation and quality-
Electrical contractor: Mona Electric
control enforcement in the field. For ex- Group, Clinton, Md.
ample, crews had to keep the waste
streams from the two buildings separate
even though they are close to each other
on the property.
53 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF King Hall Restoration - US Naval
Academy, Annapolis, Md.
AWARD OF MERIT - Restoration
The two-year, $23.5 million restoration added a new copper roof, with four sky-
of King Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy lights, and a prefabricated, beveled and
in Annapolis, Md., completely renovat- arched glass fiber reinforced gypsum
ed the 1937 structure now used as a din- ceiling system. All of the existing build-
ing facility for more than 4,300 mid- ing’s wings were up to 4-in. out of
Owner: Naval Facilities Command, shipmen. square, requiring major field modifica-
Forrester Construction Co. of tions to the ceiling system.
Architect: RTKL Associates, Washington, Rockville, Md., began the 58,000-sq-ft Crews had to resolve a moisture-infil-
restoration in May 2006 and concluded tration problem and repair damage to
Contractor: Forrester Construction Co., the work in April, 45 days ahead of sched- the slab prior to placing the terrazzo
ule. The company divided the job into flooring. The project also included
Structural Concrete Contractor: GLB two phases so the facility could remain restoration of several historical items,
Concrete Construction Division, fully operational during construction. such as the ceremonial doors, bronze
Only the exterior stone shell re- doors and exterior granite, to ensure the
Electrical and Communication Contractor: mained in place during the project. tradition of the academy is preserved
1st Electric, Baltimore
Crews upgraded utilities, fixtures and and passed on to generations of mid-
the communication system. The team shipmen.
BEST OF DC USA, Washington, D.C.
AWARD OF MERIT - Retail
The $179 million DC USA retail center three tower cranes used to set the steel
brings services, shipping and economic beams. In one case, the engineer stayed
Owner: Grid Properties, New York stimulation to the Columbia Heights in the booth with the operator for the
Architect: Bower, Lewis, Thrower, neighborhood of Washington, D.C. placement of a 40,000-lb beam.
Philadelphia Clark/Smoot DC USA, a joint venture On one side of the project, the team
Contractor: Clark/Smoot DC USA, a joint between Clark Construction of Bethesda, preserved a terra cotta and concrete
venture between Clark Construction, Md., and the Sherman R. Smoot Corp. of façade from a former post office. Bands
Bethesda, Md., and the Sherman R.
Washington D.C., built the 550,000-sq-ft of granite, brick, precast concrete and
Smoot Corp., Washington D.C.
mall. Construction began in May 2006 storefront windows clad most of the
Steel Contractor: Strait Steel, and wrapped up in February. three-story structural-steel and concrete
During excavation for the two levels of building, with the back side covered in
Steel Erection Contractor: S&R underground parking, crews discovered metal panels.
Enterprises, Harrisburg, Pa.
27 old, broken fuel tanks. Removal of
Concrete Contractor: Clark Concrete, the tanks and more than 50,000 tons of
contaminated soil added millions of dol-
Electrical Contractor: Freestate Electric, lars to the project and delayed the sched-
Falls Church, Va.
ule by three months.
An onsite engineer helped supervise
55 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Valley Green Bank,
Chestnut Hill, Pa.
PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Small Projects (under $5 million)
The project team tasked with creating
a new bank branch for Valley Green
Bank was faced with a far-reaching de-
sign concept but a less-than-inspiring
The owner was seeking a “fresh and
innovative” bank branch in Philadel-
phia’s Chestnut Hill. The existing site –
a former convenience store – featured
unusually low structural members at its
ceiling in an early 20th Century stone
structure with limited windows.
The job started in August 2007 and
completed in January.
Crews demolished the interior of the
3,500-sq-ft site and cut extensively into
masonry walls to create window open-
ings. Existing sidewalks were recondi-
tioned, sewer tie-ins relocated and new One of the main obstacles encoun-
lighting added. Coffered ceilings were tered was transforming a long narrow Key Players
built to disguise low-hanging asymmet- space into a modern, light-filled space Owner: Valley Green Bank, Philadelphia
rical structural grid and create visual in- with simple and welcoming elements. General contractor: Domus Construction,
terest, and a fiberglass wave pattern was The teller line is angled so that each Philadelphia
created at the rear wall to create shade workstation faces the entrance, inviting Architect: Metcalfe Architecture &
and shadow without the use of excess immediate eye contact between tellers Design, Philadelphia
lighting. Counterwork materials includ- and clients. A continuous band of win- MEP engineer: DaVinci Group,
ed stone and laminate and incorporated dows on two sides of the building floods Woodbury, N.J.
uplighting and metal detailing. the banking floor with daylight. Structural engineer: Lipperini
Design features such as the 60-ft tex- Engineering, Haddonfield, N.J.
tured wall behind the teller line; round, Lighting designer: Beam Illuminating
“saucer-like” chandeliers; and expansive Architecture, Philadelphia
white Italian floor tiles give the bank a
Bank equipment: Diebold, Princeton,
clean, refreshing feel. At the same time, N.J.
the architects made sure that the design
Furniture supplier: TransAmerican Office
blends well with the building’s stone Furniture Inc., Philadelphia
façade and the surrounding historical
Architectural millwork: Parisi Inc.,
neighborhood. Newtown, Pa.
Signage fabricator: City Sign Service,
57 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
2008 AWARDS PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Sports & Entertainment
Owner: DC Sports and Entertainment
Commission, Washington, D.C.
General contractor: Clark/Hunt/Smoot, A
Joint Venture, Bethesda, Md.
Architect: HOK/Devrouax & Purnell,
PLLC, Washington, D.C.
Structural engineers: ReStl Designers
Inc., Washington, D.C., and Thornton-
Tomasetti Group, Washington, D.C.
Civil engineer: Delon Hampton &
Associates, Silver Spring, Md.
MEP engineers: M-E Engineers Inc.,
Wheat Ridge, Colo., JVP Engineers,
Washington, D.C., and Sim-G
Technologies, Washington, D.C.
Mechanical and plumbing contractor:
John J Kirlin, Rockville, Md.
The Nationals Park project team had months before the first piece of steel
Electrical contractor: Truland Systems,
to complete this 1.1 million-sq-ft project would arrive.
in just 23 months while meeting aggres- Because the mechanical, electrical
Concrete contractor: Clark Concrete,
sive goals for minority hiring and sub- and plumbing systems would take
contractor participation. Not originally longer to design than the structure, the
intended to be a design-build project, construction team chose to build the Structural steel contractor: Banker Steel,
the expedited construction schedule ne- structure without the concrete slab on
cessitated the collaboration. grade. That way, construction could Foundations contractor: (support of
excavation): Clark Foundations,
Nationals Park’s designer and general move forward and remain on schedule,
contractor were selected independently. even though the underground MEP sys-
Only after the project commenced was tems weren’t yet designed. The slabs on
the design-build arrangement put into grade were some of the last concrete
place. Construction on the stadium be- pours on the project – the opposite of a RFIs of decisions that were made in the
gan with full designs just 30% complete. normal construction schedule. field by the engineers and architects. On
Because of the expedited construction To streamline the design-build a normal project of this size, it is esti-
schedule and rapidly rising material process, the project architects were on- mated that there would be upwards of
prices, obtaining a spot in line at the site full time and structural engineers 15,000 RFIs.
steel mill was imperative. With limited visited the site every day. This proximity The project completed in March—in
design documents, the construction greatly assisted the project’s schedule time for the Nationals Opening Day. Na-
team estimated the required steel ton- and quality. Having the architects and tionals Park was designed to meet LEED
nage and secured a spot at Banker Steel engineers onsite also allowed on-the- certification, and two days prior to
in Lynchburg, Va., nine months in ad- spot decisions to be made in the field, Opening Day, the U. S. Green Building
vance. Meanwhile, the team designed which drastically reduced the amount of Council awarded the facility silver certi-
and constructed the entire first level of requests for information. fication.
the ballpark out of concrete in order to In total, there were 1,263 RFIs, the
continue with construction of the park majority of those being “confirming”
59 Mid-Atlantic Construction Winter 2008
BEST OF Brentwood Shop Expansion
AWARD OF MERIT - Transit
The $43 million design-build renova- plumbing systems, and removing aban-
tion of the Brentwood Shop Expansion doned or dormant systems.
Key Players incorporated three new service tracks, Existing ground floor and basement
Owner: Washington Metropolitan Area updated maintenance equipment and slabs could not carry a train load and re-
Transit Authority, Washington, D.C. upgraded the 32-year-old facility without quired significant structural enhance-
Architect and Structural Engineer: STV, interrupting 24/7 operations of the shop. ments. Crews poured an 18-in.-thick, 50-
Fairfax, Va. Clark Design/Build of Bethesda, Md., ft-wide slab over the existing mat. In an-
General Contractor and Design-Build completed the 100,000-sq-ft project in other section of the building, the team de-
Leader: Clark Design/Build, Bethesda, February. It began the Washington Met- molished the existing slab and installed 42
Md. ropolitan Area Transit Authority job in 50-ton minipiles through the basement
Steel Erection Contractor: DHS Erectors, August 2005. slab, in an area with 12 ft of head room.
Hanover, Md. Scope included the addition of three The team reconstructed the shop floor
Electrical Contractor: MC Dean, Dulles, new service and inspection train tracks with structural precast planks, girders,
Va. running through the center of the facili- columns and frames. Nearly all of the
Plumbing Contractor: Joshua Plumbing, ty, installation of new machinery and 437 precast pieces weighed less than
Defiance, Ohio construction of administrative and sup- 10,000 lbs, so crews could use the shop’s
port areas. The work included surveying 5-ton gantry crane for installation.
and mapping existing electrical and