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    Balfour Beatty Honored by Construction Management Association of America for the Wellness & Aquatics Complex at Southwestern College

    May 04, 2018

    SAN DIEGO – Balfour Beatty has been honored by the Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) San Diego chapter with the "Program Management Buildings Award” for its work to deliver Southwestern College’s (SWC) new Wellness & Aquatics Complex in Chula Vista, Calif. The presentation was made during CMAA-San Diego’s annual Awards Gala held in downtown San Diego on April 18.
    “It is rare that you find a construction management team that exceeds expectations in design assist, field engineering, construction trade management and coordination, in addition to owner needs for clear communication, project fiscal management, and timely and complete recommendations and guidance,” said Mark Claussen, program manager for business and financial affairs at Southwestern College. “The Balfour Beatty team highly represents the construction management professional sector and the owner in their role as a team leader and partner in complex facility delivery.”
    The Wellness & Aquatics Complex project phased in two increments with each phase having its own pre-construction and construction phases. One of the most notable construction management achievements was the team’s ability to remain flexible in providing preconstruction services while construction services were simultaneously taking place. In addition, the construction manager-at-risk delivery method required the trade partners to submit bids and enter into contracts with Southwestern College, which were then assigned to Balfour Beatty through a separate (novation) agreement. The process required the careful coordination by the team in order to navigate the associated elements of the agreements while maintaining the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) required by the college.
    “All phases of construction were integrated without gaps in construction, and it was delivered on time and on budget,” said Brian Cahill, division president for Balfour Beatty in California. “I’m extremely proud of the collaborative approach utilized by the entire project team, including the project architect—Gensler, and the owner. Working together, this team not only overcame the two-increment challenge, they found creative solutions for working on a closely constrained project site, delivering a highly technical design, and successfully integrating multiple stakeholders with joint governance oversight.”
    Project Background
    Wellness & Aquatics Complex
    Program Management Buildings Award, CMAA San Diego Chapter
    The $54 million Wellness & Aquatics Complex at Southwestern College replaces the college’s former gymnasium and aquatic facilities. The project site is located at the corner of H Street and Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista and is adjacent SWC’s Devore Stadium Improvement project, also recently renovated by the Balfour Beatty/Gensler team and recognized by the CMAA San Diego Chapter as the 2015 “Project of Year.” 
    The 75,000-square-foot complex houses a three-court gymnasium accompanied with team locker rooms for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, 9,000 square feet of cardio and weight training space, and 11,000 square feet of multi-purpose instructional space, staff offices and a community room with a state-of-the-art audio visual system that that allows the space to be used for community events and banquets. The gymnasium is designed to support events that can accommodate up to 2,500 people. 
    The aquatics area consists of three pools, including a 50-meter “fast pool” with deep lanes and wave-restraining gutters that supports record-setting competitive swim events, and multi-team water polo competition and practice. A 50-meter “flex pool” is designed with variable depths to support diving, physical education programs, recreational swims, and instructional water safety programs. The third pool is a 25-yard “adaptive therapy pool.”