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Balfour Beatty benefits from prefab panels on Virginia apartment project

Dive Quick:

  • LCOR Inc. has awarded Balfour Beatty a $79 million contract to assemble Sage at Countrywide Landing in Arlington, Virginia. Construction has commenced on the luxurious multifamily community anticipated to spark more progress and vibrancy in the Crystal City district just exterior of Washington, D.C.
  • The Balfour Beatty team is using the most current technologies and lean design methodologies in developing the condominium setting up. These will contain the prefabrication of exterior wall panels and mechanical, electrical and plumbing components, as very well as the use of BIM, to make sure successful shipping and delivery of the undertaking.
  • The utilization of prefabrication need to preserve the Balfour Beatty teams installation time. It will also present a safer installation strategy, reduce jobsite squander and no cost up extra room for other trades on the floors inside the making, in accordance to the enterprise.

Dive Insight:

The final decision to use prefabricated exterior wall panels and MEP parts in constructing the 19-story making was based on quite a few components, said Sean Graham, vice president of functions in the Mid-Atlantic for Balfour Beatty.

“At their core, lean procedures, like prefabrication, are rooted in enhancing people’s functioning environments, experiences, efficiency, basic safety and time personal savings,” Graham told Design Dive. 

The luxury condominium complex is under building in Crystal Town, Virginia.

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For instance, prefabrication of the exterior wall panels minimizes the amount of money of time that crews devote on doing the job from swing stages and/or lifts to put in the exterior sheathing and air barrier components. 

“Alternatively, the exterior sheathing and air barrier materials appear pre-put in on just about every panel from the manufacturing facility,” he claimed. “The prefabrication approach not only saves our venture groups time in the course of installation, but it also removes waste from the jobsite, provides a safer technique to installation and will save room on the floors for bordering trades.”

Including still greater time savings and effectiveness is the truth the panels will not likely have to vacation considerably to be mounted on the construction. They are locally fabricated in Fairfax, Virginia, approximately 15 miles from the jobsite, he stated.

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The building’s exterior façade was made with an aluminum composite steel panel rainscreen, Graham stated. Measurements are essential to prefabricate the building’s exterior stud wall panels, presenting associates of the Balfour Beatty undertaking workforce an option to employ these known measurements from the stud wall panel drawings to fabricate the metal panel rainscreen cladding. That cladding is set up on the prefabricated stud wall panels.

“In addition, the repetitiveness of the project’s home windows and window wall technique, which the prefabricated stud wall panels are designed to assist, can make prefabricating the exterior walls a value-powerful, economical, safe and dependable guidance wall for the project’s window systems,” Graham mentioned.

Located shut to Amazon’s HQ2 venture, Sage at Countrywide Landing will be constructed on the 40,000-sq.-foot website of a former Verizon telecommunications developing. It is Balfour Beatty’s second challenge with LCOR following the firm’s new completion of LEED-Gold, 20-tale multifamily and combined-use progress The Altaire. Intended by Bethesda, Maryland, firm SK+1 Architects, Sage at Countrywide Landing is slated for completion in the to start with quarter of 2023.