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Balfour Beatty JV wins Houston school contract

12 Dec 13 Houston Independent School District (HISD) has awarded a Balfour Beatty joint venture a US$90m (£55m) construction services contract.

B3Ci, a joint venture of Balfour Beatty Construction and 3Ci, will be working at three Houston area high schools.  Projects include a new two-storey classroom wing at Worthing High School in south Houston, construction of a new high school on a new site, and a rebuild of North Forest High School in north Houston.

The joint venture of B3Ci was formed to set a new standard in local education construction and offer broader opportunities for minority/women business enterprises (MWBE). As construction manager for these three projects, B3Ci guarantees to exceed HISD’s MWBE goal of 40% participation at each campus. Team members from each organisation will be participating at high levels of project management and other roles throughout construction.

3i Construction and CBIC joined forces early in 2013 to create 3Ci, a joint venture. According to 3Ci leaders, Micheal Williams and Esther Francis, “Our JV partnership with Balfour Beatty brings the future forward. Balfour Beatty not only shares the same commitment as 3Ci but also focuses on mentoring, training and growing our firms so we can compete on a larger scale.”

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The first of the three projects to break ground is Worthing High School.  The school provides a comprehensive academic curriculum, along with career and technology programs. The remodel of the high school is scaled to accommodate 1,300 students through the addition of a new two-storey classroom wing that will house a clinic and community centre, career and technical classrooms and art labs.  B3Ci will work with Molina Walker Architects.

The work on a new site is for the Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice High School which will offer an academic education in conjunction with an in-depth study of law enforcement and criminal justice.  Funding for the project is coming from the sale of the school’s previous location. The new building will hold 1,100 students in roughly 150,000 square feet of technical classrooms. Planning is under way with PageSoutherlandPage and construction is set to begin in the summer of 2014.

North Forest High School is being rebuilt by the State of Texas to upgrade and improve the school.  The new HISD school will house up to 1,500 students in approximately 200,000 square feet of space.  This project is also being designed by PageSoutherlandPage and construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2014.

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