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Balfour Beatty lands $30m contract for energy hub

10 May 12 A team of Balfour Beatty companies has been picked by Pennsylvania State University to provide integrated construction management services for a US$30m (£18.6m) building retrofit.

Building 661 at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia is to be the new home of a US Department of Energy Innovation Hub for Energy-Efficient Buildings (EEB Hub), one three such hubs nationwide.

The Balfour Beatty companies involved include Balfour Beatty Construction, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Heery International, and Halsall.

The core integrated team for Building 661 includes various EEB Hub representatives, Penn State, KieranTimberlake, Balfour Beatty and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, which manages the 1,200-acre Navy Yard.

The integrated project team was formed at the programming phase of the project and will renovate the existing building to serve as a regional demonstration of integrated building design methods that lead to deep, reliable cuts in energy use.

“We are proud to be part of this innovative project that will help define the future of energy efficient buildings,” said Bevan Mace, integrated projects executive for Balfour Beatty Construction. “Innovation and integration are critical in our project teams as we collectively work to change our industry for the better.”

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The building’s renovated and new building spaces will feature collaborative work areas, meeting and conference spaces, classrooms and laboratories. The existing building is a former gymnasium built in 1942, unused since the Navy Yard closure in 1996. As part of the project, a classroom building will also be constructed to support Penn State’s education mission in the region. The hub was previously known as the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster.

The EEB Hub received funding for the project from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. EEB Hub’s mission is to reduce energy use in the US commercial buildings sector by 20% by 2020 through informed people, validated information, and proven technologies. The hub will design, demonstrate and deploy market-proven solutions in the Greater Philadelphia region.

The integrated team also includes designers Bruce E. Brooks & Associates (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), CVM Engineers (structural), Hunt Engineering (civil) and Atelier Ten (sustainability).

Construction is scheduled to start in December 2012 and complete in December 2013.

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