... Development Center. The team is aiming for LEED-Silver certification.
The 24,159-sq-ft center will accommodate 232 infants through 5-year-old children. Construction partner on the design-build project, Lifecycle Construction Services of Washington, D.C., began sitework in the fall and will start construction on the pre-engineered metal building in 2010.
Smedley says metal buildings provided more clear span space for flexibility and speed construction.
The Corps Savannah District project is part of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Multiple Award Task Order Contract for Army facilities in the Southeast. The team will provide design-build services for an estimated $200 million in projects over five years. The Army requires the teams use building information modeling.
BRPH also designed and is providing construction administration services for two buildings—the 168,000-sq-ft services building and the 48,000-sq-ft Coalition-Interagency Operations Center at the U.S. Southern Command Headquarters in Doral, Fla.
Command Headquarters Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando began working on the $212-million, 630,425-sq-ft, design-build U.S. Southern Command Headquarters project, in Doral, Fla., in 2008. The tilt-wall and steel structures will provide space for about 2,883 personnel as well as support services. Completion is scheduled for September.
Clark Construction Group of Tampa is building the $61-million U.S. Central Command Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. During the first phase, the company will construct a four-story, 257,000-sq-ft, structural-steel frame building.
The second phase consists of demolishing the existing headquarters building and constructing a reception center and parking lot. The project began in July and completion is expected in June 2011. The new headquarters will accommodate about 1,800 personnel.
Design-Build Preferred The military continues to rely on design-build contracts.
Skanska USA Civil Southeast of Virginia Beach, Va., with design partner Clark Nexsen of Norfolk, Va., is working on a three-phase, $19-million retaining wall and $10-million beach renourishment project at the Santa Rosa Island Range Complex at Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida. The work entails installing sheet-pile walls around three radar sites, placing large boulders behind those walls, dredging 2 million cu yds of sand and placing 7,000 ft of beach at the east end of the island and 6,000 ft at the west end.
The initial contract called for $19 million for the sea wall and stone and $9.7 million for the dredging, but the design-build team was able to accomplish both for $19 million, freeing up $10 million for the beach restoration project.
“When the engineers work for you, you get to guide how you want to do the work better than when you have an ivory-tower design,” says Geoff Doyle, project executive with Skanska.
Balfour Beatty’s Long says about 80% of the Navy and Army projects the company pursues are design-build.
“In the last several years, more than 75% of our military projects have been design-build,” Williams adds. “That seems to be the trend the government has taken.”
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