Balfour Beatty Construction

Balfour Beatty Construction selected as general contractor for Charlotte School of Law's new uptown campus

February 12, 2013


(Charlotte, NC) - Balfour Beatty Construction has been selected to perform demolition and new construction work for Charlotte School of Law’s new uptown campus.

Charlotte School of LawAs the general contractor on the project, Balfour Beatty Construction’s work will include 10 floors in the 27-story, Class A Charlotte Plaza building, representing a total of 195,976 square feet. This new campus will not only expand the size of the school’s facilities, which are currently located on Charlotte’s west side, but also allow students easier access to Mecklenburg County and federal courts, law firms, and businesses in the center city area.

Balfour Beatty Construction is performing demolition and upfit of retail spaces on the first and second floors of the Charlotte Plaza building as well as the complete demolition and build-out of the fourth through eleventh floors. The new facilities will house all of the law school’s students and facilities, including classrooms with tiered seating, office and administrative support spaces, mock courtrooms with jury deliberation rooms, and a state-of-the-art law library on the fourth and fifth floors. An impressive monumental stair will connect the law library and serve as both a visual and functional transition between the floors.

“The new facilities will create an ideal learning environment for students and staff while unifying the campus in a convenient, urban setting,” said Pat Dean, president of Balfour Beatty Construction’s Carolinas division. “Charlotte School of Law is an important resource for our community and the legal profession. We are honored to serve as a trusted advisor for one of our city’s premier educational institutions.”

Founded in 2006, Charlotte School of Law is an ABA accredited, private institution that is part of the InfiLaw System of independent, community based law schools. Charlotte School of Law is committed to serving the underserved, creating practice ready lawyers, and to student outcomes.

“The move to uptown has long been our dream since we first began on Tryon Street,” said Denise Spriggs, interim dean of the Charlotte School of Law. “We will have a unified campus that is close to court houses and legal services, thereby offering our students access to experiential learning opportunities. We have surpassed over 200,000 pro-bono and public service hours since we opened and will continue to be an involved community partner.”
Charlotte School of Law Library
Construction is already underway on the new campus, and Charlotte School of Law is expected to assume occupancy of the building by early August, just in time for the start of fall semester.

In order to ensure minimal disruption to the building’s current tenants and the safety of all involved parties, Balfour Beatty Construction is performing work during non-peak hours. Balfour Beatty Construction will also manage the precise phasing and delivery requirements for this fast-track, multi-phased project.

This is the ninth project Balfour Beatty Construction has been awarded within the Charlotte Plaza building, successfully delivering creative and sophisticated workspaces that have been a source of pride for many notable Charlotte clients.

The design team is led by Charlotte-based architecture firm, Jenkins•Peer Architects, with engineering services provided by Barrett, Woodyard & Associates. Balfour Beatty Construction will also work closely with the Charlotte Plaza building property manager, Hines, as well as program manager, Matrix Program Management Services.

With an extensive portfolio encompassing approximately two million square feet of interior upfit and renovation work in uptown Charlotte, Balfour Beatty Construction has earned a reputation for industry-leading workmanship and world-class customer service.