Balfour Beatty Awarded for Excellence in Construction

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Balfour Beatty Construction was recently honored with three Eagle Awards at the Associated Builders and Contractors’ 23rd Annual Excellence in Construction Awards in Fort Lauderdale.

The firm, headquartered in Dallas, was recognized for their excellence in the construction of the Florida Atlantic University Football Stadium, Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) Research Laboratory Building II and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Campus East.
Each project won an Eagle Award, the highest honor available, in their respective categories.

The Florida Atlantic University Football Stadium took an Eagle Award in the institutional $25 million to $100 million category.

“[Balfour Beatty Construction] captured all of the critical elements that were important to us through partnering with the university and design professional,” said Tom Danuady, university architect and vice president of facilities in a statement to Balfour Beatty. “This was a signature project for the university, and the performance of your team was outstanding.”

The 160,000-square-foot stadium, with a potential seating capacity of up to 60,000 and 26 lodge suites, opened in the fall of 2011 to become a new home for the Owls.

In addition to the stadium, the firm also won an award for the university’s HBOI Research Laboratory Building. The research building, recognized in the institutional $10 million to $25 million category, is a LEED Gold certified facility committed to furthering marine science education for Florida Atlantic students. The 43,710-square-foot research laboratory is fully equipped with BSL3 labs, fume hoods, wet lab infrastructure with lab gases and clean rooms, lab support and offices.

“Throughout the entire project, we were impressed with your team’s level of proactive involvement,” said J. Scott Baruch, associate director, facilities planning for Florida Atlantic University in a statement to Balfour Beatty Construction. “An example includes the early identification and relocation of existing utilities, sewers, and fiber optics. Without this early intervention, the project could have encountered schedule delays.”