The joint venture of Balfour Beatty and Samet Corp. recently celebrated the topping out of Forsyth County’s new courthouse building in Winston Salem, N.C. Keeping with tradition, project team members and partners signed their names on the uppermost steel beam, which was then placed on the roof level of the new courthouse. Pictured celebrating are Lee Littleton, Balfour Beatty project manager, and Jhon Jerezano with SPC Mechanical.

According to the contractor, crews had placed 3,100 yd of concrete and set an estimated 1,600 tons of steel to complete the structure, which will accommodate building modernization and a 50% expansion of the existing justice center. The joint venture team started construction on the 250,679-sq-ft facility in early 2021. The building will feature 18 judicial spaces and provide improved security, accessibility and technologies. The joint venture's design partners include CJMW Architecture, SLAM, Lynch Mykins and O’Brien Atkins.

“This is a special moment for us,” said Ken Grube, regional vice president for Samet. “It’s amazing to see what our entire project team inclusive of our joint venture, Forsyth County, designers and particularly our trade partners have been able to accomplish to date.” The project is scheduled for completion by spring 2023.


Photo courtesy Kaufman Lynn Construction

Kaufman Lynn Construction recently broke ground on Brightline's latest train station project in Boca Raton, Fla. The 1.8-acre site will include a passenger station featuring an 8,400-sq-ft concrete structure to house a security area, market space, seating area, lounges and a 12,900-sq-ft concrete platform. The onsite 4.5-level, 171,000-sq-ft parking garage will be a precast concrete structure equipped with approximately 455 spaces, including 64 spaces for the adjacent library. In addition, the site will offer 12 electric vehicle parking spaces, bicycle spaces for both long-term and short-term storage and six drop-off parking spaces in front of the train station. There will also be a service yard and access road constructed to streamline station operations. The contractor expects to complete construction by the end of 2022. 

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Photo courtesy Robins & Morton

Novant Health and contractor Robins & Morton reached structural completion at the new Novant Health Ballantyne Medical Center and Medical Office Building in Charlotte on Feb. 14. Once complete in 2023, the $154-million, 216,236-sq-ft facility will provide acute care resources. “We’re thrilled to reach this project milestone and be one step closer to bringing this facility to south Charlotte,” said Mike Bumgardner, division manager at Robins & Morton.