Projects Win National Design-Build Awards
Projects Win National Design-Build Awards
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Projects Win National Design-Build Awards
08/26/2014 2 minute read

The Design-Build Institute of America honors firm for exceptional project delivery outcomes through design-build projects for Rolls-Royce Group and Kirtland Air Force Base.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has recognized Burns & McDonnell as a winner of the prestigious 2014 Design-Build Project Team Awards. A panel of distinguished industry experts selected projects that demonstrate Design-Build Done Right through excellence in design, process and teaming, in addition to achieving budget and schedule goals and exceeding owner expectations.

Burns & McDonnell, a global engineering, architectural, construction and environmental consulting firm based in Kansas City, received two awards in the category of Industrial/Process/Research Facilities. The awards spotlight projects for an Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility with the Rolls-Royce Group in CrossPointe, Va., and the Battlespace Environment Laboratory with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, Corps of Engineers Resident Office Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M.

To stay in step with an expanding market, the Rolls-Royce Group created a team with Burns & McDonnell to design a machining facility that duplicates engine components manufactured in the United Kingdom. While Balfour Beatty led construction on the project, Burns & McDonnell performed all design phase services for the $23 million building. With equipment layout, the overall project is valued at $125 million. The 90,000-square-foot facility accommodates three manufacturing cells, production, office, and equipment space, with careful design that allows for expansion with minimal impact on the building and the site. The facility known as Rolls-Royce Crosspointe produces turbine blades and nozzle guide vanes for advanced aero engines used in Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

"This was certainly one of the most well-run projects I've ever been associated with," says Craig Casey, project manager at Burns & McDonnell. "The execution process put in place for this project, from both a design and construction perspective, created a very healthy teaming environment enabling all participating parties to operate efficiently and effectively. "

One of the unique aspects of this project was the highly effective use of building information modeling (BIM). Techniques were used throughout the design phase to drive decisions and to integrate the construction professionals early in the process.

"BIM allowed the design and construction teams to be on the same page with the owner every step of the way," says Paul Correia, who served as a co-manager of the project with Casey. "Being able to visually see what will be built ahead of time allowed for modifications in the design to be made with input from all project team members. This saved time in the field and decreased the amount of issues typically occurring during construction."

DBIA also honored Burns & McDonnell for its design and construction work of the two-story Battlespace Environment Laboratory. The $53.5 million project allowed the Battlespace Environment Division of Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate to relocate the facility from Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts and consolidate the majority of AFRL Space Vehicles activity to Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. The 145,000-square-foot facility operates 24 hours a day with more than 300 people, housing two centers: the Space Weather Center of Excellence and the Battlespace Surveillance Innovation Center.

"We assembled an integrated design build team to create this sophisticated, high-tech engineering laboratory," says Travis Barta, proposal lead at Burns & McDonnell. "This facility has it all — from high-vacuum environments to quantum computing. Our one team approach provided integrated project delivery, as well as efficient and effective communications. A diligent design team, a very cooperative and engaged client, and an exemplary field construction team attributed to the ultimate success of the project. From start to finish, the entire team had one vision in mind — make our client successful."

DBIA selected 25 projects in nine categories as National Awards of Merit winners. Judges will name one project in each category as a National Award of Excellence winner at an awards ceremony during DBIA's Design-Build Conference and Expo on October 7 in Dallas. Three of the National Awards of Excellence will also be handed out for Design, Process and Teaming and one project will be recognized as the Project of the Year.

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services to clients throughout North America and abroad. More than 4,800 engineers, architects, scientists, planners, estimators, economists, technicians and other professionals work in more than 35 regional, national and international offices. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is ranked No. 18 on the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms.

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