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    Balfour Beatty Construction Wins "Project of the Year" Award for Construction Management at Devore Stadium Project

    May 11, 2015

    SAN DIEGO – Balfour Beatty Construction has been honored by the Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) San Diego Chapter with the "Project of the Year” award for its Devore Stadium improvement project at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif. The project was recognized in the “Buildings/New Construction/Greater than $25 million” category.
    “The outstanding professionalism demonstrated by the Balfour Beatty team is one of the main reasons for the total success of the first major Proposition R project for Southwest Community College,” said Steven L. Crow, Ed.D. vice president of business and financial affairs, Southwestern College. “Specifically, the team’s exceptional construction management efforts led to LEED Gold certification and the timely resolution of a significant ground water drainage challenge during the height of construction. Both of these accomplishments speak volumes to what can be expected from professional construction managers.”

    One of the most notable challenges faced during construction arose during the earthwork phase of construction. The team discovered a significant amount of ground water with a constant flow that completely saturated the soil. Presented with this challenge, the team engineered a solution to suppress the water and divert it away from the building. They achieved this by implementing aggressive dewatering measures, and installing two additional drainage systems and an engineered building pad. Despite what turned out to be a six-month set-back, the water challenge was solved and the project still completed on time for the first football game of the season.
    “I am extremely impressed with the collaborate approach utilized by the entire project team, including the architect and owner on this project. The team faced some very challenging subsurface conditions, and overcame them through innovation, creativity and teamwork,” said Brian Cahill, Southwest Division President for Balfour Beatty Construction.
    Project background:
    Devore Stadium Improvement Project
    Project of the Year Award, CMAA San Diego Chapter

    The $45.1 million DeVore Stadium Improvement Project included a new Field House, new athletic fields, and a new central plant at Southwestern College. The 64,000-square-foot, four-story field house encloses the campus-facing end zone. The state-of-the-art facility contains team locker and training facilities at the playing field-level, strength and conditioning facilities on the second level overlooking the field below, and four new classrooms. It also includes a 140-seat mixed media auditorium on the third level featuring views of the stadium and beyond, in addition to Heath and Exercise Sciences department faculty offices, and tutorial spaces for student-athletes on the top floor. The architectural character of the field house reflects the Mayan-theme of the existing campus. The facility is currently seeking LEED® Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

    New synthetic turf was installed for both DeVore Stadium and the football practice fields, providing low-maintenance playing surfaces that require little water. The new 6,000-square-foot central plant is the foundation of the campus’ sustainable design strategy. It contains two chillers, two cooling towers, four boilers and 13 pumps, providing high-efficiency cooling and heating for new and existing campus buildings.