Hoar Construction and Highlands Medical Center Hold Groundbreaking for Highlands Health & Rehab

Hoar Construction and Highlands Medical Center Hold Groundbreaking for Highlands Health & Rehab

Hoar Construction participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Highlands Health & Rehab, a replacement facility in Scottsboro, AL.  Highlands Health & Rehab is being developed by Jackson County Health Care Authority (JCHCA). Hoar Construction will serve as the project’s general contractor.

The North wing of the 50-bed Facility containing 11 private units is dedicated to short-term rehab, i.e., physical, occupational, and speech therapy.  The two other wings are dedicated to traditional long-term care, and contain rooms sized for future semi-private occupancy.  Currently, a total of 45 private and 5 semi-private units are indicated on the plans.  The facility is designed with a central dining area, large multi-purpose room, administrative offices, and a central nurse’s station with requisite support spaces, including clean and soiled utility rooms, janitor room, nourishment room, pharmacy/med preparation, and a wheelchair/stretcher storage room.

“Hoar Construction is proud to be part of the Highlands Health & Rehab project and excited to participate in the groundbreaking activities for this new development,” said Nick Cotumaccio, Director of Operations.  “ We have put a great deal of effort into the preconstruction process working with Highlands Health and Rehab and the consultants to ensure this project, when complete, will offer patients the best possible facilities to provide quality care.”


Hoar Construction Wins Constructech Magazine Vision Award

Hoar Construction Wins Constructech Magazine Vision Award

Hoar Construction has been named one of the 2014 Vision Award winners by Constructech magazine. The Constructech Vision Awards acknowledge companies that have stayed up-to-date on the latest trends and products in order to make decisions that help their businesses succeed and thrive. “In looking at the 2014 Vision Award winners, you will find an impressive group of construction companies that represent multiple verticals,” said Laura Black, editor, Constructech magazine. “Each of them was able to not only recognize the benefits technology can provide, but implement the necessary solutions. Tonight they come away as winners, and carry on a 15-year tradition of accomplishment.”


This was Hoar’s first year to enter the competition, and the company tied for Bronze in the highest award category by volume (+$500 Million). “For a first-time submission and attendee, we are honored to win this award in one of the largest categories.  This award is attributed to all of our hard-working individuals who are progressive thinkers and principled experts in their field.  Particularly interesting is how, through technology, we have emerged as leaders in construction,” said Aaron Wright, Integrated Construction Director for Hoar Construction.


Companies eligible to submit for this competition included residential construction, commercial, and heavy construction businesses, professionals in all trades, architectural and engineering firms, corporate owners, facility management companies, government agencies, and land developers.


Hoar Construction Begins Work on Lake Nona Innovation Center

Hoar Construction Begins Work on Lake Nona Innovation Center

Hoar Construction Participated with Tavistock Development Co. LLC in a groundbreaking ceremony for the GuideWell Innovation Center at Lake Nona.  This new facility is the first multi-tenant building constructed to house life sciences, health innovation and technology companies.  When completed in late 2015 the new facility will be a strategic component in the biotech center's growth plan.  For more information see http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2014/10/lake-nona-innovation-center-set-to-break-ground.htm.


FORT CAMPBELL PHYSICAL FITNESS FACILITY RECEIVES LEED SILVER CERTIFICATION

FORT CAMPBELL PHYSICAL FITNESS FACILITY RECEIVES LEED SILVER CERTIFICATION

Hoar Construction announces the certification of Fort Campbell Physical Fitness Facility to LEED Silver status. This 64,000 square foot facility in Clarksville, Tennessee is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers and serves the 28,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell, their families, base personnel, and the Army Wounded Warrior Program.


The design of the Fort Campbell facility is unique in being an open concept physical fitness center with moveable dividers on wheels, allowing walls to be easily repositioned and more units to use the facility and keep our active military fit and ready for combat. The dynamic open-concept facility can accommodate up to 17 activities at one time, and added an additional 2,685 square feet to the footprint and more than 300 linear feet of wall space for the Army’s Functional Fitness program. The modular design elements also added to the facility’s sustainable features by providing natural day lighting to interior spaces as well as exterior-wall areas.

Other notable aspects of the facility’s sustainability features include:
• Sustainable site design, inclusive of water quality bio-swales and drought resistant vegetation plantings
• Solar thermal heat exchangers
• Roof-mounted, solar water heaters
• High-efficiency mechanical systems
• Locally manufactured and recycled materials

LEED certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program to reward best practices in a building’s energy, water, and natural resource performance. The LEED rating system measures sustainable or “green” design according to established, nationally accepted criteria for building performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.


HOAR CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF MAXWELL AFB COMMISSARY OPENS

HOAR CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF MAXWELL AFB COMMISSARY OPENS

Hoar Construction announces the grand opening of the New Commissary at Maxwell Air Force Base – Gunter Annex. This 45,000 square foot commissary in Montgomery, Alabama replaces the former commissary built in 1975, and serves active military, their families, veterans, and retired military in the community.

“This was Hoar’s first time to work with the Defense Commissary Agency, and we were honored to be trusted with the construction for the New Commissary at Maxwell Air Force Base – Gunter Annex,” said Nick Miele, Senior project manager for Hoar Construction.  “We feel this will be a great facility for those serving in the armed forces and are proud to have been part of the process.”


The design of the New Commissary is unique, as it is a design/build project with inclusions that would certify the facility as a LEED Silver Certified building. It was built on the site of a World War II airfield.  The project consisted of four phases: site preparations for the New Commissary, Construction of the New Commissary, Demolition of the existing Commissary, and site improvements to the surrounding area.   Hoar Construction was able to maintain these multiple phases of the project without inhibiting everyday activities of all adjacent buildings including the existing Commissary. The interiors include high end finishes, new equipment, new millwork, and new mechanical/electrical plumbing systems, along with top of the line refrigeration systems.


Hoar Construction Austin Office Grows Staff Tenfold

Hoar Construction Austin Office Grows Staff Tenfold

By Wendy Burke

The Hoar Construction Austin office opened in 2011 thanks to pre-existing client relationships in central Texas. Three years later, the office reports record growth both in project revenues and employee head count. Opened under the leadership of Jeff Light, Director of Construction, the office started with eight employees in 2011 and is now reporting a total of 40 employees. Revenues have doubled each year; 2014 is expected to show continued growth, with major projects already secured for Abilene Christian University and Walnut Hill Medical Center in Dallas.
Key new hires for the Austin office in 2014 include:

• Matt Allen, Account Executive – 20+ years project leadership experience in Austin construction industry. Matt is currently overseeing North Park in Kingwood, Texas and West Residential in Houston, Texas.
• Jonathan Mouton, Project Manager – 15 years project management experience, recently oversaw construction of a new $235 million medical facility for Duke University. Jonathan is currently working on the Faith Community Hospital replacement facility in Jacksboro, Texas.
• Grant Pallan, Project Manager – 11 years project management experience, industry expertise in laboratory, cleanroom, high-tech, healthcare, high/low-rise office buildings, parking structures, retail, remodel, and LEED projects. Grant is currently managing Abilene Christian University projects, including new science facilities, a new football stadium, and a new soccer/track & field stadium.
• Tala Matchett, Director of Business Development – 7 years in sales/marketing for Austin construction industry. Tala will be responsible for identifying and securing new project opportunities in central and west Texas, with a focus in rural healthcare.

Upon opening the office, Hoar committed to a dedicated local presence. “Living where we work is a win- win for clients and for us,” according to Brian Cook, Vice President, Texas Division. ”This group of new professionals has been working in Austin construction a long time; it increases our ability to intimately know local construction issues. They also have proven skills to run projects successfully. This kind of intelligence, community involvement, and experience is a reason we’re able to grow and why we’ve been so successful in Texas.”
The Austin office is responsible for some of Hoar Construction’s flagship Texas projects including Lakeway Regional Medical Center just west of Austin; Hendrick Medical Center expansion in Abilene, Texas; and the Abilene Christian University Money Student Wellness Center.

About Hoar Construction:
Hoar Construction, established in 1940, provides construction management, general contracting, preconstruction and design/build services. With annually construction volume of approximately $500 million, Hoar provides services to retail, healthcare, educational, commercial, hospitality and industrial clients. Hoar employs over 500 people in seven offices across the southeast and Texas. Representative projects include the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, Birmingham, AL; Community Maritime Park, Pensacola, FL; 200 Renaissance Tower, Ridgeland, MS; Lakeway Regional Medical Center, Lakeway, TX; and City Centre Three and Four, Houston, TX. Visit http://hoar.com/for more information.


Hoar Construction Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Elysium Fourteen Project

Hoar Construction Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Elysium Fourteen Project

By Hoar Construction

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 13, 2014) —  Hoar Construction in conjunction with Madison Investments held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the Elysium Fourteen project, a high-end nine-story, 56-unit apartment building in the heart of 14th Street, NW, one of Washington, D.C.'s most sought after addresses.

Developer Madison Investments has chosen Hoar Construction, PGN Architects, and the John Reid Companies for its Elysium Fourteen project team. “Hoar takes pride in our passion for and commitment to helping better the communities in which we build,” said Hoar Construction vice president Mike Sloan. “The Elysium Fourteen project is an exceptional opportunity to be a part of the revitalization of the 14th Street Corridor—an ideal neighborhood for Millennials, Gen X and baby boomers alike.”

The Elysium Fourteen project boasts sustainability in design and construction, as well as a premiere location marked by proximity to walkable amenities including parks, dining, entertainment, shopping and public transit. The project also involves the careful renovation and restoration of two existing historical buildings that will be adjoined to a newly constructed LEED-certified apartment building with retail on the ground floor. “We are very excited to get this project underway,” said Sia Madani, president of Madison Investments.  “Elysium Fourteen will bring the newest in luxury design features to this neighborhood, and we are confident in Hoar’s ability to bring the absolute best in design and construction to this project.”

Elysium Fourteen, located at the corner of 14th Street NW and Wallach Place NW, is one block from the U Street Metro station, and will feature 12,500 square feet of retail space. Its unique urban amenities will boast real-time public-transit monitors in the lobby to encourage residents to take advantage of the location’s close proximity to public transportation.  A fall 2015 move-in date is anticipated.

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HOAR CONSTRUCTION OPENS OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. MARKET

HOAR CONSTRUCTION OPENS OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. MARKET

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 3, 2014)—Hoar Construction, a leading national construction company with more than three-quarters of a century of building experience, announced today the opening of its Washington, D.C. office. The local Hoar team, comprised of seasoned industry veterans, has years of experience working together in the Washington metropolitan area. The Hoar team will focus on high-rise residential, office, hospitality, healthcare, retail and mixed-use projects. Hoar’s first groundbreaking is scheduled for this summer and will be a multi-family residential project in the District of Columbia.

“We were drawn to Washington in large part because of this exceptional team and the opportunities for strong growth in the Washington metro area,” said Rob Burton, President and CEO of Hoar. “We are committed to building something monumental here in the Washington market.”

“The team is made up of principled experts with many decades of experience in the Washington market. We were impressed by the team’s creativity, partnering spirit and their commitment to Hoar’s mission of bettering every community we build in.”

Mike Sloan, Vice President in Hoar’s D.C. office, credits Hoar’s values-based culture and its reputation as a leader within the industry as the main reasons he and his team joined Hoar.

“Hoar’s values-oriented culture and dedication to the communities where they work is unlike anything we’ve seen in Washington,” said Sloan. “We came to Hoar because we share many of those same values — a commitment to transparency with partners, a top-down culture of safety and responsibility, and a passion for innovation to better the community and the industry.”

Hoar’s D.C. office is headquartered in Tysons Corner and currently employs ten full-time staff members with the opportunity for rapid growth.


Hoar Construction Among Modern Healthcare Magazine's Top 10 General Contractors

Hoar Construction Among Modern Healthcare Magazine's Top 10 General Contractors

Hoar Construction has been ranked #9 General Contractor by Modern Healthcare based on 2013 revenues. The magazine recognizes the top national companies providing construction services to healthcare facilities annually in their Construction and Design survey. Hoar is proud to have been among the magazine’s Top 10 Healthcare General Contractors for more than 10 years. “We are proud to be included once again in the top 10 general contracting companies ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine,” said Coker Barton, Senior Vice President and National Healthcare Director. “We take very seriously the trust our healthcare client-partners place in us when they call on us to work with them during these times of change within the industry.”

While the company’s healthcare division was formally established in 1991, Hoar has been involved in healthcare construction since the mid-1950s. In fiscal 2013, Hoar completed 21 healthcare projects, totaling 2,486,850 square feet, and encompassing acute-care hospitals, specialty hospitals, medical office buildings, freestanding clinics and emergency departments, rehabilitation facilities, and skilled nursing facilities

Recently, Hoar completed construction on the new NEA Baptist healthcare campus in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The project, a 770,000-square-foot integrated health care facility, represents the largest investment in healthcare construction in Arkansas in the last decade. The campus includes a 550,000-square-foot, 181-bed replacement hospital; 220,000-square-foot physician clinic; and 33,000-square-foot stand-alone cancer center. The project also includes administrative offices and a central energy plant.


Construction starts on Parkside Apartments

Construction starts on Parkside Apartments

February, Birmingham mayor William Bell broke ground on Hoar Constructions latest hometown project, Parkside Apartments. THe apartments will be downtown, near Railroad Park and Regions Field, home of the Birmingham Barons. Downtown is pretty uptown in Birmingham!

For more about the Parkside ground breaking, click here.


Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at UAB Opens

Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at UAB Opens

Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts wasn’t a typical project for Hoar Construction. The project, like the building itself, is a standout. Our artistry is hidden within the walls of the AEIVA facility; it’s in the bones of the building.

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HOAR CONSTRUCTION EARNS THREE NATIONAL AWARDS

HOAR CONSTRUCTION EARNS THREE NATIONAL AWARDS

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) presented Pyramid awards to Hoar Construction for the firm’s work on the Robert Smith Vance Federal Building and Courthouse (Historical Restoration/Renovation category), Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center (Institutional category) and CityCentre Three and Four (Commercial category). The three awards were presented at the 24th annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration in Hawaii on February 11, 2014.

ABC’s National Excellence in Construction program is the premier competition within the construction industry that recognizes outstanding construction projects across the nation. Winning projects, selected from entries submitted from firms across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost. “We are proud to produce nationally award-winning work. At Hoar, we love to deliver the combination of progressive thinking and attention to detail that can make our clients’ projects truly exceptional,” said Rob Burton, President and CEO of Hoar.

Robert Smith Vance Federal Building and Courthouse
During the Robert Smith Vance Federal Building and Courthouse project, the exterior slate, copper and membrane roofs, as well as the entire storm drainage systems, had to be replaced while the second floor of the 90-year-old building was occupied by United States Probation. Hoar’s installation of 20,000 square feet of slate roof and 30,000 square feet of flat roof took place without impacting the operations of the building’s tenants. As is commonly found in renovations of historic structures, building codes had changed, and settling and interim renovations had occurred in the courthouse. Hoar used laser scanning as a form of quality control that allowed us to verify as-built elements in reality against original drawings and design. This gave us the opportunity to solve problems before they passed the point of becoming a serious cost impact or schedule delay. Through our collaboration with the design team we were able to offer value engineering of approximately $1.35 million.

Texas Tech School of Health Sciences
Hoar faced some distinct scheduling challenges with the Texas Tech School of Health Sciences. This project had a tight 14-month schedule due to the School of Nursing’s need to be open by the start of the 2013 Spring semester. On top of that, Hoar was adding 12,000 square feet and tying an entirely new building into the School of Pharmacy. Our team recognized that project completion was scheduled to occur just one month before classes began and that our client’s move in would be more complicated than usual due to the specialized equipment required in the school. Hoar’s team put their heads together to accelerate the schedule in places and finished four months ahead of schedule.

CityCentre Three and Four
CityCentre Three and Four were constructed on a one-acre parcel of land in the heart of the 1.8 million square foot CityCentre mixed-use development in the demographic center of Houston. Many of the construction challenges centered on the conditions of this very tight site: a graveyard of buried unforseen conditions, around-the-clock operations of CityCentre, proximity to Hotel Sorella and The Lofts apartments, and adjacency to Beltway 8 and CityCentre Way. The only way to successfully complete the project would require the latest in construction technology. Hoar modeled the MEPS for both CityCentre Three and Four in Navisworks, using the combined structural and architectural models from the design team as a starting point. Each of the MEPS subcontractors created models for their scope of work, which we consolidated in our model. We acted as the gatekeeper of this model; when subcontractors submitted a change to us, we updated the model and sent all team members the latest version. The project team used iPads with BIM software to make field changes and communicate them with the whole team in real-time. We also produced 3-D models of some of the more complex details, such as flashing and waterproofing, and shared with all trades involved.

Hoar Construction has been recognized for excellence with more than 50 awards from ABC since 2009.


Work Has Begun on New Facilitiy for Brock School of Business at Samford University

Work Has Begun on New Facilitiy for Brock School of Business at Samford University

Construction on the new 73,000 square foot building for the Brock School of Business at Samford University is underway. Hoar Construction, general contractor for the project, has begun site work for the project and the facility is expected to be completed in time for the fall 2015 semester.

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Hoar Program Management Reaches Milestone on Airbus Project

Hoar Program Management Reaches Milestone on Airbus Project

Work on the Airbus Alabama assembly line has reached a significant construction milestone. The entire structural framework for the Final Assembly Line Hangar on the Airbus site at Mobile Aeroplex is complete.

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Renovations at the Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham, Alabama Enhance Shoppers' Experiences

Renovations at the Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham, Alabama Enhance Shoppers' Experiences

With a $60 million renovation complete, visitors to the Riverchase Galleria can enjoy updated amenities, remodeled restrooms in the Food Court area, better lighting, parking and entrances. Hoar Construction worked primarily at night and behind barricades to ensure mall operations were not disrupted.

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Construction Complete on 763,000 Square Foot Hospital and Clinic in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Construction Complete on 763,000 Square Foot Hospital and Clinic in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Work on the NEA Baptist Hospital campus in Jonesboro, Arkansas reached another milestone when the hospital celebrated with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. The $400 million project includes a 550,000 square foot hospital, 212,000 square feet of clinic space, and a 34,000 square foot cancer center. Hoar Construction was General Contractor for the project.

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Hoar Construction Begins Phase III of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Hoar Construction Begins Phase III of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Work is beginning on Phase III of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas. Hoar Construction served as the general contractor for the original development 8 years ago and is now beginning construction on on the current phase. This new work will add 37,000 square feet of retail space, 36,000 square feet of office space and a parking garage. LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch currently contains more than 300,000 square feet in a mainstreet style development.

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Another Historic Renovation Project

Another Historic Renovation Project

Following the successful renovation of the Robert S. Vance Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Hoar Construction is again working to restore the more than 100 year old St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Birmingham. Crews are scaffolding the entire structure preparing for work on the masonry and roof.

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Birmingham's Childrens Hospital makes the news again

Birmingham's Childrens Hospital makes the news again

The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham, Alabama is, in area, the third-biggest children’s hospital in America. Its shiny glass and white concrete façade is the work of global architectural firm HKS, Inc., which strove to make the facility a less frightening place for children than a traditional hospital would be. The interiors of the different levels are uniquely colored and easy to navigate, while windows provide both great views and natural lighting. The hospital, which opened in August 2012, is the first in Alabama to have won the LEED Gold certificate.

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Six Never-displayed Andy Warhol Prints Given to UAB

Six Never-displayed Andy Warhol Prints Given to UAB

The University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences has been gifted six never-before-displayed prints created by the late artist Andy Warhol.

This significant gift comes to UAB after the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts voted to make new gifts to all institutions that were recipients of photographic works from The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. In 2008, UAB received 150 works by Warhol as part of a gift from the foundation, which distributed works to nearly 200 university museums nationwide. The gift to UAB included both Polaroids, for which Warhol was famous, and 8-by-10 black-and-white prints

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What's the status of Samford's new biz school building?

What's the status of Samford's new biz school building?

Hoar Construction has filed a building permit to start work on the new home for Samford University’s Brock School of Business, according to public records.

Mark Hendricks, vice president of Hoar Construction’s Alabama division, told me Tuesday that he hopes his Birmingham-based firm starts work on the private school’s new building by mid- to late December.

“We’re hoping to get released to start by mid-December,” he said. “There’s a good bit of site work and excavation that has to take place.”

Samford has not disclosed a total cost for the building, but Hoar filed a $614,929 building permit for this portion of the project. Hendricks said the business school’s new home will be about 115,000 to 120,000 square feet. The building, he said, will also have five stories, an attic and parking underneath.

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Construction on Juban Crossing set to begin

Construction on Juban Crossing set to begin

Juban Crossing officials announced Thursday that a Belk department store will be part of the long-awaited mixed-use development and construction on the project should begin in the coming days.

Officials are moving forward with the development after completing financing earlier this week, Creekstone said in a news release.

Livingston Parish clerk of court records show Juban Crossing officials signed a more than $32 million mortgage with Regions Bank on Oct. 17 for the project, in addition to a mortgage loan of about $46 million from International Bank of Commerce in Houston signed Oct. 18.

Crews with Block Construction in Baton Rouge will move heavy equipment onto the site by next week to prepare for horizontal construction, which includes underground utilities, clearing and grading, and subsurface drainage, along with some electrical work, Creekstone said.

Creekstone spokeswoman Rebecca Rainer said most of the heavy equipment will be moved Monday.

Hoar Construction will begin construction on a number of the retail spaces shortly thereafter.

Creekstone also announced that Belk, a national clothing and apparel store, has signed up to open a store in Juban Crossing. This will be the first Belk store in the capital region.

Other planned retailers include Rouses supermarket, T.J. Maxx, Michaels, Bed Bath & Beyond, PetSmart, Ulta Beauty, Shoe Carnival and Old Navy.

The Juban Crossing project, which will cover about 1.2 million square feet total, will be built in three phases, with stores in the first phase expected to open in October 2014, Creekstone said.

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Hoar Construction Completes New Class-a Office Tower in Houston's Westchase District

Hoar Construction Completes New Class-a Office Tower in Houston's Westchase District

The Westchase district on Houston’s west side is getting ready to welcome a new addition. Granite Briarpark Green, the 12-story, 300,000 s.f. Class A office tower developed by Granite Properties (www.graniteprop.com) and built by Hoar Construction (hoar.com) reached substantial completion September 23. PGAL provided architecture services.

The building features a lavish 2-story entry lobby referred to as the “corporate living area”. Amenities include a fitness center, food service facilities, a shared conference area, and on-site recycling. The building exterior has a recessed façade with a graduated, vertical linear design, creating a highly visible and dramatic entry. A 6-story, 361,000 SF parking facility for over 1,000 cars will exclusively serve Granite Briarpark Green tenants; the garage maintains the high-end feel of the complex with upgraded exterior finishes and details.

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Hoar Program Management Announces Selection of Another Consultant for Airbus Project

Hoar Program Management Announces Selection of Another Consultant for Airbus Project

Hoar Program Management (HPM) has announced that Terracon will provide Construction Material Testing and Special Inspections to support the prime contractor on Package A. This will be in support of construction for the A320 Final Assembly Line Hangar, the Logistics Building, and the Service Building.

Terracon’s Mobile office opened in 2006 as a branch of Aquaterra Engineering, LLC. Aquaterra was acquired by Terracon in the fall of 2009 and the Mobile office became a part of Terracon’s Gulf Coast Division. The Mobile office offers geotechnical, Special Inspections, and construction materials engineering and testing services to clients in southwest Alabama and southeast Mississippi.

“We are pleased to announce the selection of Terracon as Construction Material Testing and Special Inspections consultants for Package A of the Airbus Project,” said Mike Lanier, president of Hoar Program Management. “We have selected a nationally recognized firm with local experience and look forward to working with this highly qualified team.”


Hoar Construction Earns #1 Ranking from American Contractors Insurance Group

Hoar Construction Earns #1 Ranking from American Contractors Insurance Group

American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG) has ranked Hoar Construction #1 as having the lowest loss rates in Workers Compensation and General Liability claims for the 2013 policy year. Hoar Construction was selected from among 38 member companies.

“Contractors in ACIG are some of the best companies in our industry. Being number one in both categories is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to the hard work of every Hoar employee who has worked safely and built quality projects”, said Bart Wilder, corporate safety director.

ACIG is a world class captive insurance group made up of General Builders, Industrial Contractors, and Street and Road Contractors. To become a member of the exclusive insurance group, a company must be sponsored by a current member and go through a rigorous review of their company’s safety, quality, and environmental practices, along with an analysis of their financial stability.


Stephen Green Recognized by Subcontractors Association of Alabama

Stephen Green Recognized by Subcontractors Association of Alabama

Hoar Construction has announced that Stephen Green has been recognized as the Project Manager of the Year by the Subcontractors Association of Alabama (SubAla). The announcement was made during the annual Industry Awards Banquet at The Club on October 1, 2013.

“This award shows Stephen’s commitment to relationships, especially with our subcontractor partners. Stephen personifies Hoar’s vision of being the most respected and admired in our community,” said Mark Hendricks, Vice President Alabama Division.

SubAla was created in 1955 by Alabama subcontractors to ensure quality service in the construction industry. SubAla works for the advancement of its members by providing the representation and tools necessary to succeed.

Stephen has spent the past 3 years working with Children’s of Alabama on the new 760,000 square foot Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, upgrades to the Dearth Tower, and other projects at the hospital.


Westchase's New Tower

Westchase's New Tower

Granite Briarpark Green has been delivered. The 300,000 square foot Class-A office tower developed by Granite Properties reaches 12 stories in Westchase. It features a two-story entry lobby called the “corporate living room.” Granite development manager Aaron Bidne says the goal was for Briarpark Green to be the new benchmark for Class-A office space in Westchase. It will receive LEED Gold; sustainable features include energy performance 21% above construction standards. Granite declined to comment on leasing activity at the project, but did tell us they should have something to announce soon.

Hoar was GC and PGAL handled design. Hoar’s Nathan Kolbaba says a unique feature of the project is the fitness center—it’s in the garage, making use of what was a dead space. He says it has a water feature and is a really neat facility. Some challenges in the process: A really tight site, meshing three materials on the skin (Hoar had 13 swing stages going at once to get it done), and an incident of copper piping being stolen (the subcontractor painted all copper black and none was stolen again).


Hoar Celebrates Groundbreaking for Brookdale Place University Park

Hoar Celebrates Groundbreaking for Brookdale Place University Park

Representatives of Hoar Construction recently joined executives of Brentwood, Tenn., based Brookdale and local officials in Alabama for the groundbreaking of a new skilled nursing and rehab center on the campus of Brookdale Place University Park, a senior living community in Birmingham, Ala. Brookdale, the nation’s largest senior living provider, will operate the soon-to-be-constructed 66-bed, 54,000 square-feet center, which will feature private rooms with suite-style bathrooms, and a fully equipped therapy gym. Hoar Construction is serving as the project’s general contractor, while TRO Jung|Brannen is the principal architect.

“Hoar Construction is proud to be part of the University Park project and was excited to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for this new addition,” said Gerald King, Vice President. “This is going to be a top-notch skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that will provide a tremendous amount of benefit for Birmingham’s Homewood area, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Brookdale to deliver this project.”

Serving residents and families in the Birmingham area since 1999, Brookdale Place University Park, located at 400 University Park Drive off Lakeshore Drive, currently includes 234 independent living, 90 assisted living, and 28 memory care units. The new 66-bed skilled nursing unit will add to the continuum of care offered to the residents of Brookdale Place University Park as well as offer state-of-the art- rehabilitation services to the community in general.


University of Houston's Science Teaching Laboratory Wins Award

University of Houston's Science Teaching Laboratory Wins Award

Learning By Design recently awarded the University of Houston’s Science and Teaching Laboratory Building an Outstanding Project Award.

Learn more about this award winning project here.


Be a Superhero

Be a Superhero

Dressed as their favorite superheroes, the men of Squeegee Cleaning Services (or Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and Captain America) made an appearance at Children’s of Alabama to wash the windows at the Benjamin Russell Building and bring smiles to the young patients. They scaled down the 14 story hospital building stopping at every floor to see the kids

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Construction start set for Greenhouse Office Park

Construction start set for Greenhouse Office Park

Groundbreaking is set for June 18 on the newest office building in Houston’s burgeoning Energy Corridor. And it couldn’t be soon enough. According to a recent report from the Energy Corridor business district, area vacancy for Class-A properties is at 0.9 percent with an estimated increase of 22,000 new employees. Stream Realty selected Hoar Construction as the general contractor and to provide pre-construction services for the Greenhouse Office Park; the project is being jointly developed by Wile Interests. The project is Hoar’s first for Stream Realty.

The Class A office building will be located on the southeast corner of Interstate 10 and Greenhouse Road in west Houston. The building is currently planned for five stories totaling 203,000 s.f., with an adjacent 4-story garage totaling 248,000 s.f. It will be tilt-wall construction with a glass curtainwall façade, and designed to achieve LEED Silver or Gold certification. Powers Brown Architecture is the project architect. Construction is estimated to be complete in July 2014.

“Quality office space is clearly at a premium in the Energy Corridor right now, and this new venture with Wile Interests is the perfect opportunity for us to work together,” Scott Thetford, Stream Realty Senior Project Manager, Development and Construction, said. “Given the timeframe to bring something to market and the demand for a premium building, we also felt that this was the right project to do with Hoar. We’ve been depending on them as a strategic partner during pre-construction to ensure we’re planning the building to be as economical as possible without sacrificing the finished product.”

Hoar’s 70-year history of constructing all facility types provides a holistic approach to building quickly and to exacting standards.

“Today’s office market is substantially different than even just 15 years ago,” according to Scott Evans, Hoar’s Director of Business Development for the commercial sector. “We are working with owners now to assess the type of construction that makes the most sense for their long-term business goals. For Stream, tilt-wall will provide both expeditious construction plus the budget for quality interiors. We know their tenants will count on the space to make a good first impression for customers and employees alike. This building will do that.”

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Money and job growth for Texas construction industry

Money and job growth for Texas construction industry

In the last 90 days, Hoar Construction’s Texas division has responded to 20 requests for proposals and bids for new projects, totaling $390 million in construction. Public and private sector entities in Texas have money to spend.
In just the past three weeks, Hoar has been the successful contender for five new projects across the state, totaling almost $115 million in construction. The firm was ready; in anticipation of this growth and the $140 million worth of construction Hoar already had underway, the firm has hired 10 new employees and made nine key promotions in their Texas division over the past nine months.

“Texas is definitely a land of opportunity for companies willing to work hard and prove their worth,” Rob Burton, President & CEO said. “We had immediate success in the retail and corporate sectors in Houston when we opened that office 16 years ago. We always followed the institutional sector, specifically healthcare. We started pursuing that market aggressively five years ago and it’s paid off in a big way. We’ve now completed over $180 million in healthcare work and have another $130 million or so in construction on the boards. All this is in addition to the seven commercial projects we’re doing across Texas.”

Hoar opened an office in Austin in 2011 to support the increasing work in central and west Texas. The office now employs six full time staff. Jeff Light, who leads the Austin office, has been promoted to Director of Construction. Current significant projects directed by Hoar’s Austin office include the Texas Tech University School of Nursing in Abilene, TX, a long-term acute care (LTAC) hospital in Victoria, TX and the M2 Apartments in Denver, CO.

Light is a perfect example of Hoar’s long-term strategy in Texas.

“As for most construction firms, the recession was hugely challenging for us. But we believe in our company and our vision, so we continued to invest in our people,” Brian Cook, Vice President of Hoar’s Texas division, said. “We’ve been quietly growing our business in Texas throughout the downturn, hiring well over a dozen key associates and recently promoting many of them into more significant leadership roles. No doubt the last five years have been painful, but like any good exercise program, you need to experience some pain if you want to get into shape – we are leaner, bigger, stronger, and honestly a whole lot smarter than we were before the recession. We know our training and preparation is benefiting our clients and partners. Ultimately, it’s a shot in the arm for our strong Texas economy.”

In Houston, key promotions and appointments include Brady Johnson to Director of Operations, Ray Finlayson to Senior Estimator and Scott Evans to Director of Business Development for the commercial sector.

Johnson came to work for Hoar 16 years ago upon graduating from the Texas A&M University Construction Science program and has served in many field operations positions, most recently as a regional superintendent. In his new role he will oversee operations for the entire Texas division.

Finlayson, an 18-year veteran with Hoar, recently returned to the Houston office from another assignment to support the firm’s continued growth in Texas. As Senior Estimator he is responsible for managing project cost data and all phases of the estimating and preconstruction process for the Texas division.

Evans was a practicing architect at Morris and Kirksey and worked for a developer in Tennessee before leading BIM and sustainability initiatives in Hoar’s Birmingham office. He returns to Houston to support the firm’s aggressive business development plan for the commercial sector.

Other promotions across Texas include:

    Warren Socha to Senior Project Manager, working on Granite Briarpark Green and Westside Surgical Center.
    David Stallman to Senior Project Manager, working on St. Peter’s United Methodist Church addition in Katy and CityCentre Four.
    Walton Rader to Project Manager, working on M2 Apartments.
    Hollis Anderson to Project Manager, working on CityCentre Four.
    Sean Cagle to Assistant Project Manager, working on the Texas Tech University School of Nursing.

Hoar has also hired 10 new staffers at all experience levels. New hires include:

    Superintendent: Leighton Kellett, working full time on-site at M2 Apartments.
    Assist superintendents: Will Weeks, assigned to Granite Briarpark Green; Patrick Alvarez, assigned to the Victoria LTAC hospital, and Adam Lloyd and Jon Pratt, both working on M2 Apartments.
    Project engineers: Nathan Kolbaba, assigned to Granite Briarpark Green; Will Azar, working on M2 Apartments; Houston Bolt, assigned to Westside Surgical Center; Chris Hoelscher, working on St. Peter’s United Methodist Church; and Chuck McPherson assigned to CityCentre Four.

Hoar continuously monitors industry trends and expects construction in Texas to remain robust.

“I meet with a dozen or so hospital executives and civic leaders every month. They’re confident the positive economic momentum is sustainable in the long term and they’re ready to make capital investments again,” Wendy Burke, Hoar’s Director of Business Development for the institutional sector in Texas, said. “With the new projects we’ve landed, 2013 is going to be a record year for Hoar. The only question is how high we will go.”

Hoar has set the precedent in the healthcare sector for construction excellence. In 2012, Hoar became the first and only contractor to achieve Endorsed Company status by the Texas Hospital Association. The endorsement is the seal of approval that a company has met THA requirements for product quality, service track record, customer satisfaction and financial stability.


Beauty is skin deep for Stream Realty: Hoar Construction providing facelift at Thirty One Twenty Beauty is skin deep for Stream Realty: Hoar Construction providing facelift at Thirty One Twenty

Beauty is skin deep for Stream Realty: Hoar Construction providing facelift at Thirty One Twenty Beauty is skin deep for Stream Realty: Hoar Construction providing facelift at Thirty One Twenty

Stream Realty hired Hoar Construction to be their quick-change artist on an existing office property in Houston’s Greenway Plaza office complex. The major change at the property, called Thirty One Twenty, will be reglazing of all windows on floors two through six – a total of 270 windows. The project may sound straightforward enough, but the building will remain at its current 82% occupancy during construction, without one hour of lost productivity for the tenants, and be completed in seven weeks.

The reglazing will be done from the inside in overnight shifts. Hoar developed a tenant phasing plan for Stream to ensure uninterrupted operations during normal business hours. The work began on July 1 and is scheduled for a late August completion, barring any weather delays.

Hoar will also be completing other renovations at Thirty One Twenty including new Class-A finishes in the lobby and a new exterior entry-way between the building and garage. Construction will be complete in early December.

Stream purchased Thirty One Twenty in August 2012 with immediate plans to invigorate the dated facility. Optimism is high the updates will bring the facility to 100% occupancy. Ziegler Cooper is providing architecture services. Stream engaged Curtainwall Design Consulting to provide building envelope expertise.

“To say ‘the devil is in the details’ is an understatement on a project like this,” Clif Kennedy, Stream’s Senior Project Manager for Construction Management and Development, said. “It’s been imperative to us from day one on this project that every member of the project team understand how the actual construction would occur, almost down to the minute, each day. Our tenants must come first. Hoar knows this and has done an excellent job of coordinating all details with the project team. Ideally, our tenants will walk in one day and only notice the dramatic improvement of their office from the day before.”
Hoar’s collaborative approach to every project will extend beyond the design team.

“We work with the best sub-contractors in the industry, and they’ll be called to task on this project,” according to Scott Evans, Hoar’s Director of Business Development for the commercial sector. “We are obsessive about project communications, but we’ll kick it up a notch at Thirty One Twenty. When you’re asking people to perform a 7pm-5am schedule five days a week for seven weeks, it’s critical to have a clear plan every single day. This also ensures there are no surprises for Stream or their tenants.”


New life for old lifestyle Center

New life for old lifestyle Center

After months of fanfare, including a party to unveil commissioned graffiti murals and build excitement, Hoar Construction mobilized on August 5 to begin the transformation of Houston Pavilions into GreenStreet. Midway Companies and Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds purchased the three-story lifestyle center that spans three city blocks in downtown Houston last year. It is home to the House of Blues, Lucky Strike, Forever 21, McCormick & Schmick’s, and several other restaurant, retail, and office tenants. These businesses will remain open throughout construction and leasing efforts will be accelerated in the coming months.

Midway’s plan is to inject energy into this partially vacant mixed-use center through rebranding, events and entertainment. After construction, GreenStreet will be more pedestrian-friendly, feature more green space, and function as a hub for activity. The project will raise San Jacinto and Fannin, the streets that separate GreenStreet’s three buildings from one another, to be level with the curb where the pedestrian walkway meets the street. The existing concrete walkways will be removed and replaced with a continuous stretch of pavers that will connect each building, even across the streets. The mall will be re-landscaped with event space, fountains and an elaborate lighting plan. Architect Munoz + Albin has also added Ipe wood cladding to existing canopies and escalators to enhance the look.

“Hoar Construction is a key partner in the success of Midway’s project team for the GreenStreet repositioning efforts,” Jamie Bryant, Midway’s Vice President of Development, said. “Having successfully executed several Class-A office/retail buildings at CITYCENTRE, Hoar demonstrates its ability to operate within dense, urban settings with demanding quality and schedule requirements. Midway is pleased to partner with Hoar to transform GreenStreet into an urban linear park in Downtown Houston.”

To contain construction and keep tenants and guests safe, Hoar will section off portions of the walkway with 8-foot, rated, mesh barricades. Initial work will include demolition of the existing concrete and installation of electrical conduit for the lighting and fountains within the barricades, while maintaining access to the businesses with walkways to their entrances. Since concrete cannot be poured and pavers cannot be laid in small sections, this work will be done during off-peak times to minimize impact to tenants and guests.

Hoar recently completed CITYCENTRE THREE and CITYCENTRE FOUR, two adjacent office and retail buildings on a tiny site within Midway’s busy CITYCENTRE mixed-use development. Project superintendent Lance Smith has moved from the CITYCENTRE projects, which were completed last month, to GreenStreet.
“Hoar won Midway’s trust to build the CITYCENTRE THREE project with our experience working on tight sites. We had just completed work on the Harris County Jury Assembly building in downtown Houston when we were selected for CITYCENTRE THREE, which had several similarities in size of construction and limited laydown space. Midway needed a contractor that could deal with not only tight site logistics, but also with the safety aspects of work being performed in an area that was open to the public. GreenStreet was our next opportunity to work together on another tight site,” Smith said.

The project will be complete in spring 2014. The owners are planning ongoing event programming for the new outdoor spaces.


Federal bankruptcy court moving back into Robert S. Vance Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse after $43.4 million rehab project

Federal bankruptcy court moving back into Robert S. Vance Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse after $43.4 million rehab project

By Kent Faulk kfaulk@al.com

Bankruptcy court judges and clerks are moving back into their courtrooms and offices inside the 92-year-old Robert S. Vance Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse after a more than two-year $43.4 million rehabilitation project to the building.

In recent weeks bankruptcy court officials have been moving back into the historic building on Fifth Avenue North in downtown Birmingham from the Financial Center where they have been housed. The first day of bankruptcy hearings in the newly renovated building will be Sept. 30, said Scott Ford, clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Alabama.

The bankruptcy court judges and clerks are excited to be moving back into the Vance building and “are thankful for the renovations that repair and preserve this building for the public we serve,” Ford said.

Saudia Muwwakkil, regional public affairs officer with the General Services Administration, stated in an email response to questions that the GSA had substantially completed the rehabilitation project on schedule by Aug. 1. During its two years, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded project generated about 150 jobs and over $21 million in small business contract awards, she said.

The project did have a big hiccup in March when a fire broke out on the roof, but firefighters were able to quickly contain it.

All agencies that had been housed in the building, including the bankruptcy court and offices for Sen. Jeff Sessions and Sen. Richard Shelby, are to complete their moves back into the building by September 30.

The move back into the building is just in time for what could be the final two months of important hearings in Jefferson County’s bankruptcy case. County officials hope to get approval for its plan to exit bankruptcy in November.

The project was aimed at modernizing the building “into a high performing, energy-efficient facility expected to yield substantial cost savings, while reducing the building’s environmental impact,” Muwwakkil stated.

According to Muwwakkil, the project repairs and replacements of major building systems included: the heating and air conditioning system, electrical, lighting, roof, plumbing; exterior wall, structural and foundation repairs; handicap accessibility and security requirements; storm water management; window restoration; increasing the tenant capacity of the building; and other repairs.

The project included recycling and salvaging at least half of the waste materials generated during construction and installing a rainwater cistern to irrigate the landscape and offset water supply to the plumbing system, Muwwakkil stated. These are only a couple of the features that will help the facility meet rigorous federal building standards and achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver certification.

The final project cost of $43.4M accounted for unforeseen challenges encountered during rehabilitation of the 1920s era building, including the need for asbestos abatement, significant structural repairs, fireproofing and lead paint removal, among other items, Muwwakkil stated.

Hoar Construction LLC is the general contractor on the project. More than half the project has been awarded to small businesses and in all about 150 jobs created as a result of the project, Muwwakkil stated.

The 173,993-square-foot four-story – plus basement – marble and brick neo-classical structure was built in 1921 to house the post office and federal agencies. The building is listed on the National Register for Historical Places.

Courts later moved into the building, and it was the backdrop for some of the court battles during the civil rights era.

U.S. District Court and appeals court offices moved into the Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse in 1987.


Children’s of Alabama Facility Earns State’s First LEED Gold

Children’s of Alabama Facility Earns State’s First LEED Gold

The hospital’s $400 million, 670,000-square-foot expansion opened in August 2012 to accommodate the growing number of patients in the area, as well as to enhance the facility’s medical technology offerings, consolidate services and create a family-centered design to enhance the patient experience. The addition of pediatric cardiovascular surgery and solid organ transplant services, moved from nearby University of Alabama at Birmingham, were also incorporated in the project.

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Gov. Bentley visits new copper tubing plant in rural Wilcox Co.

Gov. Bentley visits new copper tubing plant in rural Wilcox Co.

For the first time, Governor Robert Bentley toured the Golden Dragon Copper Tubing Plant in rural Wilcox County.

The plant is located in a small section of Pine Hill, known as the Sunny South Community.

“It’s a great day to be in Wilcox County,” Gov. Bentley said upon arriving.

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Hoar Program Management Announces Consultant Selection for Airbus Package C

Hoar Program Management Announces Consultant Selection for Airbus Package C

Hoar Program Management (HPM) has announced that Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects (WAV) has been selected as the lead architectural firm for Package C of the Airbus Final Assembly Line project at Brookley Aeroplex. Walcott Adams Verneuille is based in Fairhope, Alabama. WAV will team with Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, a Mobile based firm, and with Frankfort Short Bruza (FSB), a nationally recognized architecture, engineering and planning firm, to complete the design.

Package C consists of design of the Transshipment Hangar, Main Entry Gate building, and a renovation to an existing warehouse and receiving facility on the Brookley campus.

“We are pleased to have selected the remainder of the design partners for the Airbus Final Assembly Line project and that Walcott Adams Verneuille, a local firm, will lead this team,” said Mike Lanier, president of Hoar Program Management. “Having Hargrove Engineers + Constructors of Mobile and Frankfort Short Bruza, both firms that are working on other portions of the project, will enhance the combined team and advance the design process.”

To date, HPM and Airbus have awarded 11 construction and design consultant packages that have all included either local Mobile- or Alabama-based firms. “HPM has met with and interviewed many highly qualified firms as we worked with our Airbus partners to select the design teams. It has been very gratifying to see local firms compete with the best in the industry and win these various contracts as a result of this process,” said Lanier.


State awards contract for new Columbia State Williamson campus in Cool Springs

State awards contract for new Columbia State Williamson campus in Cool Springs

The Tennessee State Building Commission recently awarded Hoar Construction, LLC, the contract for the construction manager/general contractor for the Columbia State Community College Williamson County campus relocation project.

Hoar Construction is a leading provider of construction management, general contracting, program management and design/build services to retail, healthcare, commercial, educational, industrial, and government clients throughout the country.

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Children's of Alabama hospital gets award for 'green' building

Children's of Alabama hospital gets award for 'green' building

Children’s of Alabama’s Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children received the LEED Gold status for its use of sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials.

Children’s becomes the only health-care facility in the state with the LEED Gold status, according to Children’s.

The push to be a “green” building started long before Children’s of Alabama began construction on its new, expanded facility.

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The List: General-contractors

The List: General-contractors

Hoar Construction ranked #3 in the Nashville Business Journals “The List: General-contractors”

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Avalon Project in Metro Atlanta Receives $126.5M in Construction Financing

Avalon Project in Metro Atlanta Receives $126.5M in Construction Financing

North American Properties Ltd. (NAP), through a joint venture with Sarofim Realty Advisors, has secured $126.5 million in construction financing for Phase I of Avalon, a 2.4 million-square-foot mixed-use project in the affluent Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta. Phase I of the $600 million development will include more than 350,000 square feet of retail, 100,000 square feet of office space, 101 single-family homes and 250 multifamily units.

The construction financing includes an $86.5 million syndicated senior loan from Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America, in addition to a $40 million mezzanine loan provided by JP Morgan Asset Management. Eastdil Secured arranged the financing.

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Kids Play On Big Cats At Avalon Site

Kids Play On Big Cats At Avalon Site

Hoar Construction, the general contractor, and Plateau Excavation arranged for the rides on the large trucks.

All of the site work has commenced, said Michael Davis, senior development manager for North American Properties. Over the next 60 days all of the other contractors will be on board. More than 30 pieces of equipment are on the site already.

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Hoar names Mobile engineer for Airbus work

Hoar names Mobile engineer for Airbus work

Hoar Program Management today announced that Thompson Engineering has been hired to work on part of the new Airbus final assembly line in Mobile.

Thompson beat out nine other firms, including six other firms from Mobile, to provide engineering services for the part of the $600 million campus Airbus is putting together at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile.

Those services include utilities, parking lots, airfield pavements, security, electrical, communications, infrastructure and landscaping, Birmingham-based Hoar said in a press release.

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Airbus has Alabama economic development hopes at high altitude

Airbus has Alabama economic development hopes at high altitude

Alabama’s economic developers remain sky-high on the prospects of Airbus a year after the global aerospace giant chose Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex for its first U.S. airplane assembly plant.

One prevailing belief at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s summer conference earlier week was that Airbus’ $600 million investment and 1,000 jobs are likely just the beginning of what the company and the industry will bring to the Heart of Dixie.

Officials with both Airbus and the Alabama Department of Commerce were doing little to quell those expectations.

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Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of the Iceberg

By Wally B. Ford, P.E., and Brandon Coffey

On the surface, there’s not much to the Harris County Jury Plaza in downtown Houston.

At street level, it appears as a modest glass pavilion, elegant in its simple form and topped with a gentle steel barrel vaulted roof. It’s surrounded by a verdant manicured landscape and is dwarfed by the surrounding high-rises. Descend 20 ft underground to the main space, however, and the project takes on new proportions and forms.

Jury Plaza is the gathering point for jurors and prospective jurors serving the five judicial facilities surrounding the plaza. The facility totals 33,500 sq. ft, with much of it located underground. The main program areas include a security checkpoint at street level, four juror rooms for up to 250 people each, workstations for clerks and bailiffs, open plan gathering areas with laptop/phone charging stations and a coffee shop—all located below grade. Jurors and employees have secure access to the surrounding judicial facilities and parking via underground pedestrian tunnels linked directly to the Plaza.


Hoar Program Management Announces Consultant Selection for Airbus Package D

Hoar Program Management Announces Consultant Selection for Airbus Package D

Hoar Program Management (HPM) has announced that Thompson Engineering has been selected to provide engineering services for Package D of the Airbus Final Assembly Line project at Brookley Aeroplex. This work will involve design for the utilities, parking lots, airfield pavements, security, electrical, communications, infrastructure, and landscaping. The infrastructure includes taxiways, aprons, traffic and logistics areas, and green areas.

“We are pleased to announce the selection of Thompson Engineering and their role in the design and engineering of the Airbus Final Assembly Line project,” said Mike Lanier, president of Hoar Program Management. “The competition for this portion of the work was significant. Nine firms pre-qualified and were to propose on this package including six local firms. We’re pleased to award the contract to Thompson, a local firm with a long history in Mobile. Thompson presented a highly qualified and experienced team, and we’re confident their expertise will benefit the Airbus project.

“Thompson Engineering is extremely pleased to have been selected to provide engineering design and construction administration services on the Airbus project. As a firm headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, we understand the significance of this project for the Gulf Coast community and the positive, generational effect it will have throughout the region,” said John Baker, president of Thompson Engineering.

Thompson Engineering (TE) was established in Mobile, Alabama in 1953. Together with sister companies, Watermark Design Group and Thompson Consulting Services, the firm provides a broad range of architectural and engineering services. The company is now employee-owned and has offices in seven Southeastern states. www.thompsonengineering.com


Hard work is leading to BIM recognition

Hard work is leading to BIM recognition

Let’s build something better (with BIM). Our mission statement for BIM at Hoar is to share and apply the information available in digital building models to enhance Hoar’s people, process and partners. We want to enable progressive thinking in order to continually improve our principled expertise and to build collaborative partnerships. Part of our focus along this path is to empower Hoar’s people to become nationally recognized experts in applying BIM within their discipline.

More and more, the work of BIM-enabled project and preconstruction teams at Hoar is being reflected by recognition from outside sources. In the last couple years, Hoar teams have been recognized in case studies by software industry names such as Autodesk, Bluebeam, Vico, and PlanGrid. In the same period, BIM-trained professionals from Hoar have been invited to give multiple presentations of their work at universities including Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A&M, and have also given presentations to large teams from forward-thinking design firms such as Perkins + Will, and industry associations such as the Alabama Society of Professional Engineers and the Construction Specifiers Institute. In April, Hoar BIM leaders presented to the AGC-AIA BIMForum in Miami, with very positive reception.

The word about Hoar’s industry-leading efforts to use BIM to fix a broken industry is spreading. Just this week, we were visited by two Auburn University Building Science professors who opened their visit by saying “we have heard that Hoar is leading the region in applying BIM to the preconstruction process.” That was music to our ears! Two days later, we awoke to receive an e-newsletter from industry giant Trimble, featuring an image of our Virtual Preconstruction team at work on a model-based estimate!

It’s happening: Hoar is becoming the most admired and respected user of BIM technology in our industry and our community! Thank you to all of the individuals who have opened your own arms to learning to apply BIM processes to your projects! We look forward to continuing to empower more people throughout the company!


Renovating The Healthcare Renovation

Renovating The Healthcare Renovation

While no healthcare construction project can really be classified as “easy,” renovations of existing, operational facilities tend to come with the most challenges, from patient safety to infection control to maintaining desired census. Over recent years, firms have reported significant growth in renovations, as hospitals and health systems across the country bypass costlier new construction projects in favor of remodels.

And this challenging project type is primed for even more growth. Bracing for the effects of healthcare reform, facilities are rethinking space plans to support both an expanded patient population and a push toward patient-centered care.

Superintendents at Hoar Construction (Birmingham, Ala.) decided to delve into the complexities of these projects and figure out what steps can alleviate some of their inherent challenges. The resulting white paper, “A Four-Point Plan to Streamline and Simplify Healthcare Renovation Projects,” explores some of the best practices that emerged from the company’s millions of square feet of renovation work.

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Hoar plans smooth lift-off for Airbus construction project in Alabama

Hoar plans smooth lift-off for Airbus construction project in Alabama

MOBILE, Alabama – Mike Lanier is sitting in the pilot’s seat for the most critical Alabama construction project since Mercedes-Benz built its assembly plant in Tuscaloosa County two decades ago – the Airbus Alabama passenger jet production center at Brookley Aeroplex.

For Lanier, whose team is overseeing the project, it’s a massive and complex undertaking, with an ambitious timeline and exacting construction demands. Airbus is investing $600 million in the Alabama final assembly line, where in a little over two years employees will begin production work on the company’s A320 family of jets.

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Hoar takes on $600M mixed-use project in Georgia

Hoar takes on $600M mixed-use project in Georgia

Hoar Construction LLC today announced that it has begun work on the $600 million mixed-use retail, office and residential project Avalon in Alpharetta, Ga.

The Birmingham-based general contracting company said in a release that it it will build 370,000 square feet of retail space and 83,000 square feet of office space by the end of August 2014 on an 86-acre site north of Atlanta. Another contractor will build 250 townhouses and 101 single-family houses for the project.

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Airbus contract

Airbus contract

Birmingham-based Hoar Program Management has won the contract to manage design and construction of the $600 million aircraft assembly plant Airbus Americas Inc. plans to build in Mobile, Airbus announced today.

The plant, which will employ about 1,000 people, will produce Airbus’ A319, A320 and A321 single-aisle jetliners in Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. Construction is expected to begin this summer, and assembly of aircraft is expected to begin in 2015. The first deliveries are expected to be made in 2016. The plant will make 40 to 50 aircraft a year, Airbus said.

Hoar, which Airbus said came out on top after a “vigorous competitive process,” will manage all aspects of design and construction, including contracting with design and construction service providers.

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Airbus Appoints Program Manager for its Mobile Assembly Line

Airbus Appoints Program Manager for its Mobile Assembly Line

Airbus today announced the selection of Hoar Program Management (HPM), an Alabama-based company, as program manager for its A320 Family assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. In this role, HPM will be responsible for managing all aspects of the design and construction of the facility, including supporting procurement of design and construction service providers and suppliers. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

HPM’s staff has been responsible for total projects valued in excess of $3.5 billion in recent years. HPM currently has offices in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, Alabama; Houston, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Tampa, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina. The company is well known as a distinct leader and provider of program management services, serving clients such as Regions Bank, Auburn University, the University of Alabama, Mobile Infirmary, the City of Mobile, Disney, Apple, Coca-Cola and Alabama Power.

“After a vigorous competitive process, we’ve reached another major milestone with the appointment of a program manager,” said Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor. “Working together with Hoar, we are ready to begin construction on Airbus’ first industrial facility in the U.S. Once finished, the new A320 assembly facility will be the most modern and technologically advanced in Airbus’ global assembly network.”

“This is truly an honor and a privilege,” said Mike Lanier, President of HPM. “Our folks have been working for months learning about Airbus, getting to understand their needs, their North American strategy, and how this complex in Mobile fits into their global strategy. Each of us is humbled at this selection and the opportunity and responsibility we have been given to lead this project. I believe our selection for this assignment is a testament to the outstanding people we have in our firm and the passion they bring to their roles in serving each of our clients every day. Airbus is the latest to recognize the value we add to their projects and the leadership our teams provide.”

On July 2, 2012 Airbus announced it will establish a manufacturing facility in the United States to assemble and deliver A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. Located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, it will be the company’s first U.S.-based production facility. The assembly line, which will create jobs and strengthen the aerospace industry, is part of its strategy to enhance Airbus’ global competitiveness by meeting the growing needs of its customers in the United States and elsewhere.

Aircraft assembly is planned to start in 2015, with first deliveries from the Mobile facility beginning in 2016. Airbus anticipates the facility will produce between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by 2018.


Groundbreaking for Avalon

Groundbreaking for Avalon

Birmingham, Ala. (Jan. 31. 2013) – Hoar Construction participated in a groundbreaking ceremony this week for Avalon, a resort inspired mixed-use development in Alpharetta, Ga. Avalon is being developed by North American Properties (NAP), a Cincinnati-based retail and mixed-use developer. Hoar Construction will serve as the project’s general contractor. The $600 million project will be built in two phases on an 86-acre site in this affluent northern suburb of Atlanta.

Phase I will include 370,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 250 multifamily townhomes, 101 single family homes and 83,000 square feet of office space. Phase I is expected to be complete in August 2014. Phase II will contain a full-service hotel, a boutique hotel as well as additional retail and office space.

“Hoar Construction is proud to be part of the Avalon project and excited to participate in the groundbreaking activities for this new development,” said Stacey Berthon, Senior Vice President. We have put a great deal of effort into the preconstruction process working with NAP and the consultants to ensure that this project, when complete, will offer the customer the best possible experience.”

NAP has committed tenants for more than 50 percent of Avalon’s retail space including a 14-screen Regal Cinemas, Whole Foods, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Gap, White House Black Market, luluemon and others. Another 30 percent of the space for lease is in negotiations. Wakefield Beasley & Associates will serve as the principal architect, with Site Solutions serving as the landscape architect. Monte Hewett Homes will build the single family homes and townhomes with designs by Lew Oliver, Inc.


Gunter selects Hoar for new commissary

Gunter selects Hoar for new commissary

Residents at Gunter Annex should be expecting the construction of a new commissary to begin in April, replacing the current store of over 40 years, which, according to Mickey McCartney, project manager of the Defense Commissary Agency, “is in poor condition, not laid out for efficient operations and is not energy efficient.”

The new commissary is designed to fix those problems by using the latest in conveniences. The floor plan, consisting of approximately 46,000 square feet, will allow for easier shopping with a larger sales area and a wider selection of products available, said McCartney.

“The new commissary will be a state-of-the art facility with the latest refrigerated display cases, convenient self-checkouts, and DeCA’s newest interior décor,” he explained. “The project will be designed and constructed to incorporate the latest technologies. It will be environmentally friendly and energy efficient.”

The decision to begin the project was made after extensive evaluation among the Department of Defense, base, state and DeCA officials in 2011. It was eventually approved by Congress, and a contract was awarded September 2012 to Hoar Construction for $12,960,271 for design and construction. DeCA’s Logistics and Engineering Group, located at Lackland AFB, Texas, will be responsible for oversight of the project. Parsons, Inc. will provide on-site inspection services through a contract with DeCA.

Read More at Maxwell Gunter Dispatch


Construction begins on Lane Parke apartments

Construction begins on Lane Parke apartments

Developers have begun construction of the 276-unit The Residences at Lane Parke luxury apartments in Mountain Brook, according to a release.

Daniel/Evson, a joint venture formed by Daniel Corp. and Evson Inc., said Birmingham-based contractor Hoar Construction should finish construction of the apartments near Mountain Brook Village in spring 2014.

The Residences at Lane Parke, which will have one- to three-bedroom floor plans, will replace the current complex at the site, the release said.

Read More at Birmingham Business Journal


Regional fifth-graders awarded for excellence in reading and writing

Regional fifth-graders awarded for excellence in reading and writing

MOBILE, Alabama—You can help honor local students recognized for excellence in reading and writing at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 10, at the Mobile Civic Center Theater, located at 401 Civic Center Drive.

Ten fifth-graders are receiving awards at the 12th annual HOAR Program Management/GoDaddy.com Bowl Reading and Writing Program, which is meant to stimulate students’ reading and writing skills.

The award-winners are Kevin Chapman Jr., Joella Fraser, Libby Morgan, Reed Swope, Ondre Turner, Valentina Hermida-Flores, Kylie McClain, Taylor Dodge, Sarah Bryan and Tamela Stallworth.

They participated in a contest open to all fifth-graders in Alabama and the Gulf Coast regions of Florida and Mississippi.

Read More at AL.COM


Mobile City Council endorses the last of GulfQuest Maritime Museum contracts

Mobile City Council endorses the last of GulfQuest Maritime Museum contracts

MOBILE, Alabama –- The final two public contracts for the GulfQuest Maritime Museum on the city’s waterfront were approved by the City Council today.

With unanimous votes, the council moved forward with a $392,000 contract with ValleyCrest Landscape Development of Calabasas, Calif., to build the sidewalks, parking lot, curbs and other “hardscape” related to the project’s completion.

Additionally, the council voted unanimously on a $95,000 contract with Jubilee Landscape Inc. of Fairhope, to handle the landscaping and plantings around the museum.

“We’re very pleased the council moved forward with the last two construction-related contracts with the project and are eager to complete the building so we can install the exhibits,” Tony Zodrow, executive director with the GulfQuest Maritime Museum, said.

Council members, before voting, debated whether the larger of the two contracts should be awarded to a local company, such as Ben M. Radcliff Contractor, Inc., of Mobile. That company was awarded the first of the infrastructure-related contracts –- a $628,770 deal –- in August.

“We have a huge investment over there,” Councilman William Carroll said. “I’d like to see as much as possible going to these local guys.”

James Adams, a senior project manager for the museum’s construction management firm Hoar Program Management, said other bidders were solicited -– including local firms — but that ValleyCrest came in with the lowest contract.

“On all things like landscaping and hardscaping, there is a real opportunity for local contractors,” Mayor Sam Jones said. “(But) we go with the state bids on this, the lowest responsible bidders.”

Adams said the bids came in lower than initial estimates, which were $396,000 for the hardscape package and $95,000 for landscaping.

The contracts are the last part of a $28 million city investment into the museum, which is being paid for through a long-term bond that was endorsed by the council in 2009. The entire project is expected to cost more than $38 million and construction began in 2010.

Read More at AL.COM


University of West Alabama Housing Receives LEED for Homes Silver Certification

University of West Alabama Housing Receives LEED for Homes Silver Certification

Hoar Program Management Guides Design and Construction Team to First LEED for Homes Certification in Alabama

Birmingham, AL – The US Green Building Council officially recognized the Hoover Apartment Addition at the University of West Alabama with a LEED for Homes Certification. Hoar Program Management worked with University officials, the design team and the construction team to complete the project with enough credits to achieve the Silver Certification.

Hoar Program Management worked with the University, Herrington Architects, and Amason and Associates, to design and build the project using sustainable materials and construction methods that would benefit the University. Key to achieving the LEED for Homes Certification included exterior and interior elements. The compact development offers close access to many community resources. In a typical rain event, all rainfall will infiltrate the ground without leaving the site. The landscaping material is nearly 100% drought-tolerant and is supplemented with a very efficient irrigation system. The buildings were constructed using efficient framing techniques, recycled flooring and drywall materials, low-VOC flooring and paint, and have energy systems rated as 18% more efficient than standard building codes require. Indoor air quality is improved with proper fresh air and spot ventilation.

Ecosouth Green Building Services provided consulting services for the LEED documentation and application process.

Hoar Program Management is recognized as a top Program and Construction Manager by Engineering News Record magazine, the leading construction industry publication. Hoar works with clients in the healthcare, institutional, commercial, and industrial markets and provides services for both public and private entities.


Friday Forum lectures focus on sustainability

Friday Forum lectures focus on sustainability

Gulf States Manufacturing, Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) sponsored an event that focused on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and sustainability. The event, which took place on Oct. 19 in the Michael Fazio Jury Room in Giles Hall, was also part of the School of Architecture’s Friday Forum.

Preston Hite, AIA, from Hoar Construction presented the first lecture to several professionals in the industry and students and faculty from the School of Architecture and the Building Construction Science Program.

Hite discussed life cycle costs and first costs relating to the LEED rating system and the difficulties builders and architects face when trying to sell a client on the system. He gave three strategies to use to help sell LEED.

The first: “If you can convince a client that sustainability is primary to their organizational mission, then you will be successful,” he said.

Hite gave an example of when he was working on a children’s hospital in Birmingham, Ala. He said it didn’t take any convincing that a roof that could be seen from patients’ windows should be green, “a little piece of greenery in a concrete jungle,” he said.

The second strategy Hite discussed was to include LEED principals that don’t cost anything or even cost less.

He gave a few examples of this strategy to include orienting a building to correlate with the sun and including fitness facilities that contain showers near building entrances to encourage bike travel.

The final strategy Hite discussed was to creatively offset costs of LEED principals.

An example he gave was drift irrigation, which captures storm water and lets it drip by gravity. Hite said this principal can sell because it cuts out the cost of an irrigation system.

“There is an overriding notion that sustainability costs more, but you make up for it with lifecycle costs,” Hite said. “But the truth is it doesn’t cost more, and these are the three reasons why.”


Midway Companies taps Hoar Construction for another mixed-use tower in West Houston

Midway Companies taps Hoar Construction for another mixed-use tower in West Houston

HOUSTON, TX, September 27, 2012 – In commercial development, location is everything. That same benefit can present major challenges to construction firms. Located on one of the last remaining undeveloped parcels of CityCentre in west Houston, the CityCentre Four site measures just 176 feet by 221 feet. Beltway 8, the major north/south arterial highway, lies only 60 feet to the west of the building – the access road is just five feet away from the site. The boutique Hotel Sorrella, with a 70% occupancy rate, is 80 feet immediately east of the building. The building aligns with and actually cantilevers over a main vehicular entrance/exit to CityCentre on its south side. And an active construction site is 25 feet north of the building. Midway Companies selected Hoar Construction to tackle the challenge of wedging the sleek new 123,000 sf CityCentre Four mixed-use facility into the tiny pocket of land.

Hoar broke ground on the 6-story CityCentre Four in June. The building is core and shell office on floors two through six, with retail and dining planned for the first floor. It is almost a twin to CityCentre Three, which is immediately to the north and approximately 95% complete, and also being built by Hoar. The design, by Munoz + Albin with Kirksey as production architect, is in keeping with other CityCentre buildings. Munoz + Albin and Kirksey were also the team for CityCentre Three. The façade is glass curtainwall with brick and stone masonry, plus one distinctive feature – the building cantilevers out on floor two and again on floor three on three sides of the building.

The site surroundings, compounded by overhead construction and 24/7/365 activity demands more stringent safety measures. Building materials are often delivered to the site overnight; visitors are separated from the site by 8-foot walls; Hoar will restrict traffic to one lane and alter traffic flow on CityCentre Way.

Despite the challenges, construction should not interrupt operations at CityCentre, one of Midway’s major requirements of Hoar.

“We are confident in Hoar’s attention to detail and safety procedures,” said Shon Link, Vice President of Development for Midway Companies. “CityCentre is such an active location – 500,000 cars pass the site daily – we cannot afford any impact to the tenants. Hoar understands our operating philosophy and has planned the construction accordingly.”

Construction on CityCentre Four is planned to be complete in mid-2013. Hoar is aggressively using Building Information Modeling (BIM) on the construction documents, which shaved over two weeks on CityCentre Three construction to date. Hoar coordinated BIM documents for the full project team and also included cost and work flow schedule into the master model.

“There are so many considerations for CityCentre Four – from site issues to the structural implications of the cantilevered floorplates – that a more robust [BIM] model has been hugely beneficial for the whole project team,” Brian Benefiel, Preconstruction Director for Hoar Construction, said. “The work flow schedule is also imperative, so Midway knows exactly what to expect in terms of delivery vehicles on site and how visitor traffic will be impacted. Keeping the work flow in check is also important for site safety, both for workers and CityCentre visitors.”

Hoar has completed several class A office buildings and tenant build-outs in Houston, including Granite Westchase II (LEED Silver) and the Petrobras America Headquarters. Hoar is building Granite’s newest Westchase office tower, BriarPark Green.


Birmingham's Hoar Construction reveals new details of Riverchase Galleria makeover

Birmingham's Hoar Construction reveals new details of Riverchase Galleria makeover

HOOVER, Alabama — The $60 million redevelopment of Hoover’s Riverchase Galleria is in full swing, but shoppers should not expect too many disruptions in their normal routines. Officials with Birmingham’s Hoar Construction, general contractor for the project, have outlined new details of the major renovations at Alabama’s busiest shopping mall.

Work will be seen across the property, from the addition of a Von Maur department store to updates of the parking decks, pedestrian bridges, mall entrances and restrooms. Under way are the renovations to the restrooms in the food court, said Mark Hendricks, vice president of Hoar’s Alabama Division, and his brother, Tim Hendricks, senior project manager for the company.

“That will be complete before the Christmas shopping season,” Mark Hendricks said. “They are currently closed, and there is signage and directions to other restrooms in the area.”

In September, the parking deck phase of the project will begin. Most of that work will be done at night, so there will be few public access issues. A couple of stair towers will be closed, but the parking deck itself will remain accessible to shoppers.

Read More at AL.COM


UWA enrollment growth spurs new construction

UWA enrollment growth spurs new construction

The University of West Alabama in Livingston has been in existence for 177 years.

It survived the Civil War and the Great Depression, and made it through the Cold War and 9/11. The campus has seen its share of changing fashions, from petticoats and hoop skirts to mini-skirts and skinny jeans, and it has experienced the fast-paced life of technology development.

Through it all, the university has continued to work toward its mission of offering quality education to students and preparing them for lifelong learning and experiences.

“A lot of credit goes to our board of trustees. Our board members are constantly looking at what it takes to become a first-rate institution that will lead us into the next century,” said UWA President Richard Holland. “We’ve made it 177 years, now we want to make it another 177.”

During the past several years, the university has seen a jump in enrollment, from 4,011 in 2007 to 5,258 last year. UWA officials attribute that growth to a number of things, from larger entering freshman classes — from 360 last year to a projected 375 this year — to the growing enrollment of the school’s international student population. University Provost David Taylor said the increase shown in freshman enrollment has been spurred by the development of new academic degrees and the enhancement of campus facilities and amenities.

Read More at Tuscaloosa News


Children’s of Alabama Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children Opens

Children’s of Alabama Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children Opens

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children (BRHFC) opened for patient move-in on August 4. The opening marked the highly anticipated completion of construction on the 12-story, 760,000-square-foot, $400 million expansion at Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital.

HKS, Inc., in partnership with Giattina Aycock Studio, served as architect. KLMK Group was project manager; Hoar Construction, in partnership with KBR, served as construction manager.

Located one block north of the existing facility, BRHFC will accommodate projected growth in patient volume, anticipated medical technology needs and the planned consolidation of pediatric services including cardiovascular surgery and comprehensive solid organ transplant care. The hospital is licensed for 332 beds plus 48 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) bassinets.

Mike Warren, president and CEO of Children’s of Alabama, said, “We are delighted to open the doors of this magnificent facility to serve the children and families of Alabama. The beauty of the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, its advanced technology, its environmental aspects and its family-focused design all serve as a wonderful backdrop for the skill, knowledge and commitment of the healthcare professionals who work here to provide care every day. Our team is focused on one mighty mission: to provide the very best healthcare available to every child who walks through our doors. That is the true importance of this expansion.”

It is the largest single medical facility expansion project in the history of Alabama, and will make Children’s the third-largest pediatric hospital in the United States, as measured by square footage. The opening of the facility also allows Children’s to increase its licensed beds from 275 to 332, with an additional 48 neonatal bassinets. The total of 380 beds and bassinets ranks Children’s in the top 10 pediatric medical centers, based on bed count. The building is also the largest building project in state history to gain certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and will be the first LEED-certified hospital in Alabama.

The building is named in honor of legendary Alabama entrepreneur Benjamin Russell (1876-1941) and to recognize the $25 million gift from his grandson, Ben Russell and Ben’s wife Luanne, both longtime hospital supporters.

An Iconic Campus Building
According to Doug Compton, AIA, principal/senior designer with HKS, the BRHFC building stands as an iconic presence representing a new standard of pediatric healthcare offered in Alabama. “The hospital’s curvilinear design combines vision, gradate and opaque glass types that are punctuated with colors interspersed throughout the building – inside and out – for visual interest.”

The hospital is sited to best connect with the surrounding University of Alabama at Birmingham campus as well as the city and region. “The bed tower’s orientation promotes views to the central business district and Red Mountain, an important Birmingham landmark,” continued Compton. “The lobby and plaza form a visual tie to the 17th Street corridor, an urban link to the Railroad Park and, ultimately, downtown Birmingham.”

Family-Centered Care
To support its mission to provide family-centered care, BRHFC offers private, acute care rooms that are 30 percent larger than the largest rooms in the present building and, for the first time in the 100-year history of Children’s, all-private rooms in critical care units. Each features a sleeper sofa, large wardrobe and small safe for valuables, along with a special patient education/entertainment system.

For more family convenience, each patient floor offers a laundry room and a kitchen equipped with a full-size refrigerator, microwave and ice machine. Waiting areas at the end of the hallways are awash with natural light and provide sweeping views of the city, while 120 original works by Alabama artists decorate the public areas, adding to the family-friendly environment.

“Patients, families and visitors will find their way through the building using any of several visual cues that have been incorporated into the hospital’s interior design,” said Iris Dates, IIDA, EDAC, LEED AP, vice president/director of design for healthcare interiors for HKS. “A blue patient journey curving pattern within the terrazzo floors winds through the public areas, directing foot traffic to and from entrances, elevators and patient care areas. All patient floors and rooms are identified not only by number, but also by color and a special theme unique to each floor.”

Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget, Working with the Community
The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. On a project of this size, coordination and collaboration were critical to the successful delivery of the BRHFC. “From the onset, and through the many hurdles associated with a large complicated construction project, the project team had a laser focus on achieving our primary objective, which was to fulfill our commitment to the owner – finish on schedule and within their required budget. After three challenging years, we were able to actually over-deliver. The project completed on schedule and under budget. We absolutely credit this achievement to the collaboration of the entire project team,” stated Bill McMahon, president & COO of KLMK Group.

Doug Eckert, executive vice president of Hoar Construction said, “The Joint Venture construction team was committed to making the project an example for local participation and development of minority-owned and disadvantaged businesses. Through a unique, comprehensive mentoring approach and partnership with the Birmingham Construction Industry Authority, we were able to do just that. More than 100 local minority-owned and disadvantaged businesses helped construct this wonderful facility, and thousands of local workers were employed, making a huge impact on families in this community.”

Environmentally Friendly
BRHFC is poised to become the first healthcare facility in Alabama to gain the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, due to its design and use of sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials. BRHFC is more energy-efficient, requires less maintenance and will last longer so that cost savings can be directed toward resources that enable Children’s to provide excellent healthcare to the children of Alabama.

A highlight of the effort to gain LEED certification is the rooftop gardens that are planted with native sedum to provide insulation and oxygenation. Up to 30,000 gallons of condensate is collected from the air conditioning system and used for irrigation and also to cool equipment. Designated green spaces on campus, 140 bicycle racks, and the orientation of the building all contribute to the hospital’s Earth-friendly profile.

“It has been a pleasure to work with such a talented and devoted team on this project,” said Mike McDevitt, executive vice president, facilities and technology, Children’s of Alabama. “All of the principal players and all those involved at every level with the construction of this facility have given 100 percent. To each of them, it was more than just another job. It was personal and meaningful, and that showed in their work and in the finished facility. I can’t wait to see it used to provide care and healing for children today and well into the future.”

About Children’s of Alabama: Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Children’s was ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient – and nearly 14,000 inpatient – visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

About HKS: HKS, ranked among the top healthcare-specialized architectural firms by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture, understands and embraces holistic healthcare. Operating from 29 offices throughout the United States, Latin America, United Kingdom, Middle East, India and China, the firm focuses on innovative design, process and delivery. Through a focused visioning approach, HKS collaborates with each client to evaluate transformational concepts that support and improve the patient and family experience, operational efficiency, the latest in technology and future flexibility. For more information, visit www.hksinc.com.

About KLMK Group: KLMK Group, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative solutions focused on the continuous improvement of the healthcare facility development process. The firm provides independent, objective and professional advice to owners involved in the planning, launch, management and activation of new facilities and capital projects. With offices in Richmond, Va.; Atlanta, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; St. Louis, Mo.; Houston and Dallas, Texas, KLMK challenges clients and industry partners to embrace new models of care delivery that provide efficient and flexible alternatives for future growth. For more information on KLMK Group, visit www.klmkgroup.com.

About Hoar Construction: Hoar Construction, recognized annually by Engineering News Record as a top U.S. general contractor and construction manager, works with owners, designers, and other construction professionals to maximize value and quality on every project. Combining leading-edge technology with progressive, creative thinking and attention to detail, the firm is changing the industry in its delivery of construction management, general construction, preconstruction, and program management services. Hoar Construction operates from offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Houston, Austin, Orlando, and Nashville serving healthcare, retail, commercial, institutional and industrial clients throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.hoarllc.com.


Hoar Construction Completes O.B. Addition at Medical Center Enterprise

Hoar Construction Completes O.B. Addition at Medical Center Enterprise

Nashville, TN – Hoar Construction recently completed work on the 21,566 square foot O.B. Addition in Enterprise, Alabama.

The addition for Medical Center Enterprise consists of a new 18 bed facility with five labor delivery rooms and thirteen post partum rooms. The new two story facility is equipped with an emergency generator, a mechanical packaged rooftop unit, and an individual water supply. The new facility connects to an existing adjacent building and has been designed for the addition of a third story. Approximately 6,700 square feet of the lower level remains unfinished for future expansion.


University of Houston Opens Science Teaching Lab, Begins Expansion

University of Houston Opens Science Teaching Lab, Begins Expansion

The dust is not quite settled on the recent completion of the University of Houston Science Teaching Lab Building and university officials are already prepping for the building’s expansion. Professors and staff occupied the first three floors of the new 78,000 square foot science building in January. Simultaneously, UH facility planners gave Hoar Construction approval to complete construction of half the unfinished shell space on the fourth floor. Hoar expects to finish the build out in November, effectively adding 12,000 square foot of research space to the facility.

The $31.2 million lab is a key component of UH’s increased research capabilities. The first three floors house new undergraduate biology and chemistry labs. Each teaching lab has instructional space for 24 students in six workstations. The flexible configuration allows the students to work individually or in groups of two or four. Every lab station has clear sight lines to the instructor’s demo bench and white board. Chemistry labs have fume hoods, instrumentation benches, and locked drawers for personal lab supplies. The lab service areas are efficiently positioned to provide logistical support for technicians to quickly prep each lab for the next section and maintain high utilization rates. To enhance the learning experience, the building also features multi-media capabilities in each laboratory as well as lounges on each floor, creating places for students and faculty to gather between classes.

Completion of the Science Teaching Lab is the first step in the renovation of the entire Science Complex on the UH campus. In August 2009 alone, the Board of Regents approved $240 million of construction of projects to support pursuit of Tier One status. The Carnegie Foundation elevated University of Houston to a Tier One research university in January 2011, making it one of three public Texas universities with the designation, and the only university in Houston with the designation.

“The Hoar Construction/PGAL team has been great to work with, and has provided a good value. The design thoughtfully uses the campus material palette in inventive ways to create an exciting building that fits well into the campus fabric. This building was an important part of our quest to provide a premier teaching and research setting,” said Kelly Buehler, the university’s project manager for the building.

Hoar Construction does considerable work in the higher education sector nationally and is using that expertise to actively grow their university work throughout Texas.

“UH is known for their strict adherence to safety, quality, and budget issues,” Scott Thetford, Hoar’s senior project manager notes. “Despite the fact the new Science Teaching Lab Building is on one of the busiest corners of campus at Cullen Boulevard and just two inches away from the existing Fleming building, the construction had nominal impact on pedestrian or vehicular safety. By working closely with the PGAL during design, we also stretched the budget to include more interior research space, which is the real heart of the project.”


Hoar Construction Completes Siloam Springs Replacement Facility

Hoar Construction Completes Siloam Springs Replacement Facility

Birmingham, AL – Hoar Construction recently completed work on the 95,000 square foot replacement hospital in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

The new Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital replacement facility provides a wide range of services for both inpatients and outpatients. The facility contains 42 private inpatient beds to serve medical, surgical and ICU patients. The building will accommodate key units and all associated support spaces including Medical Surgical Nursing Units, Intensive Care Units, Women’s Services, Emergency Department, Surgery, PACU/ Same Day Surgery, Endoscopy and Imaging Departments.

The hospital is owned by Franklin, Tennessee based Community Health Systems, and the project was designed by Thomas Miller and Partners of Brentwood, Tennessee.


Texas Hospital Association Names Hoar Construction to HealthSHARE

Texas Hospital Association Names Hoar Construction to HealthSHARE

HOUSTON, TX (April 18, 2012) – The Texas Hospital Association (THA) has endorsed Hoar Construction, making it the first construction company to be part of the THA HealthSHARE program. THA helps hospitals across Texas provide safe, quality and affordable healthcare. HealthSHARE supports the THA mission through an extensive due-diligence process to screen and endorse companies serving Texas hospitals. Only one company in each product or service category receives a THA endorsement.

HealthSHARE president and CEO Jim Dixon believes an endorsed construction company will provide a quantifiable benefit to hospitals across Texas.

“Facility construction, operation and maintenance are among the largest expenses a hospital incurs, yet patient care can’t be compromised due to construction,” Dixon said. “The highly specialized and intense nature of a hospital puts extra pressure on the builder to have exacting standards of safety, quality and planning. This is true whether you’re a small, rural hospital or major urban medical center. HealthSHARE has done the legwork to research and verify that Hoar Construction can serve the needs of THA members and help them provide excellent healthcare in their respective communities.”

A THA endorsement is the seal of approval that a company has met THA and HealthSHARE requirements for product quality, service track record, customer satisfaction, and financial stability. THA first identifies the need of the product or service, then solicits suggestions from THA members, and finally conducts extensive reference checks of the candidate before recommending a company to the THA Board of Directors. By choosing a THA preferred vendor, Texas healthcare providers may improve their efficiency, avoid unnecessary costs, reduce operating and capital expenses and learn new business strategies.

Wendy Burke, Director of Business Development – Texas division of Hoar Construction, recognizes the value and responsibility of the endorsement.

“Hoar is thrilled to receive the HealthSHARE endorsement,” Burke commented. “Facilities are among the largest expenses for healthcare organizations, and their design and construction are vital to efficient operations and quality patient care. Between changes in national healthcare regulations and tighter lending standards, hospitals face more challenges than ever before to provide appropriate facilities and infrastructure. At Hoar, we know quality and value are non-negotiable in a healthcare setting, and we’ve helped hospital clients implement effective solutions across the state of Texas and the nation. The HealthSHARE endorsement will allow us to help more Texas healthcare organizations manage their costs while providing the services and technologies patients need.”


Hoar Construction five months from completion of CityCentre Three

Hoar Construction five months from completion of CityCentre Three

HOUSTON, TX (March 8, 2012) Midway Companies and Hoar Construction completed a major construction milestone in late January at CityCentre Three. Hoar erected the last piece of the facility structural system, commonly called “topping out” the facility. Topping out represents on average one-third of the total project has been completed. CityCentre Three is scheduled for an August 2012 opening, though construction is currently 10 weeks ahead of schedule.

CityCentre is a 1.8 million square foot mixed-use development by Midway Companies in the demographic center of Houston. CityCentre Three occupies the majority of the small parcel of land between Hotel Sorella and the Beltway 8 frontage road; the site totals just under one acre. CityCentre Three is six stories and 120,000 RSF. Major tenants will include the Texas A&M University Mays Business School, LLOG Exploration Co. and Montco Offshore. The project is designed per LEED Silver sustainability guidelines and includes infrastructure improvements of an additional roadway with surface parking and a courtyard with fountains and landscaped seating areas.

The project poses several challenges for construction. The around-the-clock operations of CityCentre and proximity to Hotel Sorella limit when Hoar can perform certain construction. The extremely tight site means it is difficult to maneuver large machinery and allows limited construction material to be on site at any given time. Adjacency to Beltway 8 and CityCentre Way, a main entrance into CityCentre, restricts access to the site. Yet the project has progressed with no delays or interruptions at CityCentre.

“At CityCentre we needed a General Contractor who could provide a high level of management with the intent of providing minimal disruption to patrons and tenants. To this point, Hoar Construction has done an exceptional job addressing this critical aspect of the project,” said Shon M. Link, Vice President, Midway Companies.

Hoar is increasingly using technology at CityCentre to improve efficiency on the small site and expedite the construction schedule. Building information modeling (BIM) saved the project time and money through early detection of mechanical clashes with the structural system. The project team has been using iPads with BIM software to make field changes and communicate them with the whole team in real-time. Such mobile technology allowed the team to make the necessary structural system modifications early in construction, before the structural concrete was scheduled to start.

Hoar has been working with Midway Companies since 2006. Discussions are ongoing regarding construction of CityCentre Four, which is planned to occupy the tiny remaining area of the site immediately south of CityCentre Three.


Hoar Construction Opens Austin, Texas Office

Hoar Construction Opens Austin, Texas Office

Even as the construction industry still struggles, HOAR Construction expanded their presence in Texas with the opening of an Austin office in December 2011. Several recent and current large projects in central and northwest Texas prompted the decision. Jeff Light, recently promoted to Contract Manager, is responsible for office management and operations. The office will employ four full time staff with additional on-site project staff across central and north Texas.

Hoar continues work in Abilene, Texas on Hendrick Medical Center’s largest construction project to date, the Project Twenty Ten campus expansion. Hoar completed the Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center for Abilene Christian University. Construction at Lakeway Regional Medical Center just west of Austin will be complete this month. Hoar also continues to work on the Texas Tech University School of Nursing in Abilene. For 2011, Hoar experienced an impressive 38% growth in revenues on projects across Texas.

“We’ve been considering an Austin office for some time, but wanted to be strategic about it,” Brian Cook, Vice President – Texas Division for Hoar Construction, said. “We run our projects tightly anyway, but living where we work isn’t just better for us, it’s a client benefit too. It’s an extension of our goal to ‘buy local’ when possible, which increases our ability to intimately know local construction issues. I think having this kind of intelligence and community involvement is a reason we’re able to grow and why we’ve been so successful in Texas.”


New Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Nursing School breaks ground in Abilene

New Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Nursing School breaks ground in Abilene

HOUSTON, TX (November 29, 2011) Texas Tech University broke ground November 7, 2011 for a new Nursing School on their Health Sciences Center campus in Abilene, Texas. Hoar Construction’s Austin office is the general contractor for the $15 million facility; Hendrick Health System of Abilene and the Texas Tech University System will jointly oversee the project. Funding is coming entirely from corporate and community donations.

Texas Tech and Hendrick partnered to establish a web-based nursing program in Abilene in 2008 and a traditional Bachelor of Science program in May 2009. The new Texas Tech School of Nursing facility in Abilene will accommodate 160-200 full-time students, tripling the current enrollment by 2015. University officials are hopeful the new facility will help offset the shortage of nurses within the state; the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies estimates the shortage will be 71,000 nurses by 2020.

Hoar Construction will again work with Abilene architecture firm Tittle Luther Partnership on the new school. The team is currently working on the $86 million expansion of the Hendrick Medical Center, opening in January 2012. The new School of Nursing will total almost 43,000 s.f. covering two floors; it will include general classrooms and simulation labs. The school will sit adjacent to the School of Pharmacy and be connected via a loggia and tower. The project also includes a new surface parking lot as well as site infrastructure for future building on the campus.

“Our community recognizes that quality healthcare is contingent upon quality education and training for our future nurses,” said Tim Lancaster, president and CEO of Hendrick Medical Center. “Our partnership with Texas Tech University has been instrumental in attracting some of the best nursing candidates in the field, and hopefully keeping them in Abilene.”

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Hendrick Health System,” said Brian Cook, Vice President – Texas Division for Hoar Construction. “The really exciting thing about the new School of Nursing project is the way several public and private entities are coming together to solve a critical community issue. This project is the true definition of partnering, where each participant brings their respective expertise, united under a common goal.”


Rob Burton of Hoar Construction Receives Cornerstone Award from Associated Builders and Contractors

Rob Burton of Hoar Construction Receives Cornerstone Award from Associated Builders and Contractors

Birmingham, AL – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama presented Rob Burton of Hoar Construction the 2011 Cornerstone Award at the Excellence in Construction Banquet on Thursday night, November 10, 2011. According to ABC, this award is “presented to an individual who has made an exemplary lifelong commitment to Alabama Construction and has brought favorable recognition to the industry as a result of his personal integrity, business ethics and community involvement.”

ABC president Jay Reed says, “The essence of this award is that it goes to someone that has a commitment to the construction industry and has changed it for the better as well as working for a better community overall.”

Mr. Burton began spending his summers working at Hoar Construction when he was 13 years old. As the son of one of the company’s owners, Rob took advantage of the opportunity for hands-on training, literally growing up in the construction industry. He learned not only the skills, but he also learned to love building things.

After joining Hoar Construction full time upon graduating from Auburn, Mr. Burton quickly gained experience and progressed to leadership roles within the company. His hard work and dedication to the company continued and in 1996 he was elected President and CEO where he now supervises all aspects of Hoar Construction. Under Mr. Burton’s leadership the company has grown to over $500 million in annual construction volume and an additional $300 million+ in managed work, making it one of the leaders in the industry. It has also been recognized for five consecutive years as one of the best medium sized companies to work for in America, one fo only two contractors in the country to receive that designation.

Hoar Construction is a recognized leader in the use of technology in construction, and is utilizing those tools at landmark projects such as the new Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama and the expansion of Fantasyland in Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

In addition to the Cornerstone Award presented to Mr. Burton, Hoar Construction was named Contractor of the Year for 2011. The firm also received 6 Excellence Awards and 3 Merit Awards for recently completed projects. The Excellence Awards were presented for the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children Foundations and Concrete Frame, Birmingham, AL; the Shops of Grand River, Leeds, AL; Harris County Transportation Plaza, Houston, TX; Hangar Building Renovation, Ft. Rucker, AL; North Okaloosa Medical Center Addition, Crestview, FL; and Plant McDonough Additions for Southern Company, Smyrna, GA. The Bay Medical Center Patient Tower in Panama City, FL; Bringle Lake Village Residence Hall in Texarkana, TX; and Mary Black Memorial Hospital ICU Renovation and Addition in Spartanburg, SC projects received Merit Awards.


Hoar Construction Makes Key Promotion in Texas Division

Hoar Construction Makes Key Promotion in Texas Division

Jeff Light, who began his construction career as a college intern for Hoar Construction over a decade ago, has been promoted to Contract Manager for the Texas division of the firm. Light is currently the Senior Project Manager for both the $60 million Hendrick Medical Center expansion and the $10 million Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Nursing addition in Abilene, Texas. Light was also the Senior Project Manager responsible for construction of the recently completed Pam & Royce Money Student Recreation & Wellness Center at Abilene Christian University.

Light graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a Construction Science degree. His first project for Hoar was the high profile Inn at The Ballpark Hotel across from the home of the Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park.

“Jeff impressed me immediately,” Brian Cook, Vice President – Texas Division for Hoar Construction, said. “The very first project Jeff and I worked on together he proved he was passionate about building. Combine that with his intellect, leadership, ability to solve problems, and passion for mentoring, and you have someone who makes a very positive impact on our company, industry and community. ”

Light is based in Austin, Texas where he is currently planning the startup of Hoar’s Austin office, opening later this year. He previously served as a Board Member for the Austin Young Men’s Business League. He spends his free time outside the office with his wife Laura and young son Nolan, and working at the family’s small ranch in Pflugerville.


Hoar Construction Named on 2011 Great Place to Work Best Workplaces List for 5th Consecutive Year

Hoar Construction Named on 2011 Great Place to Work Best Workplaces List for 5th Consecutive Year

(Birmingham, AL) – The Great Place to Work® Rankings: 2011 Best Small & Medium Workplaces Presented by Entrepreneur® list has been announced and Hoar Construction is on the list for the 5th consecutive year. This annual list recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.

Hoar Construction was selected from among hundreds of applicant companies. Applicant companies participate in an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about their programs and company practices. Great Place to Work® then evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

Creators of the list, Great Place to Work®, has found that employees believe they work for great organizations when they consistently trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the people they work with.

“Our culture at Hoar Construction is built around mutual trust — treating every person the way you would like to be treated,” said Doug Eckert, executive vice president. “Our commitment to each other is building one of the best workplaces in the country — where we enjoy coming to work every day, enjoy the people we work with, create fantastic projects for our clients and become an integral part of the communities we serve. We have seen the competition for this list grow each year and being selected for the fifth time is an honor we will celebrate.”

“While the employee surveys are completely anonymous, Great Place to Work® provides a report that summarizes the employees’ responses and shows us areas where we excel and where we might improve. Each year we take this feedback to heart and work hard to continue to improve. We want nothing less than to be the most respected and admired in our industry and in our communities. That is a lofty goal and it requires extraordinary people as well as laser-like focus on the relentless pursuit of improvement”, said Eckert.

“The companies featured on this year’s list are truly extraordinary in their practices and achievements,” said Susan Lucas-Conwell, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Their leaders recognize the value of creating great workplaces and the competitive edge it provides them.”

Organizations named on the list see many benefits that include better financial performance, less employee turnover, higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, more innovative and creative thinking, higher productivity and enhanced public perception.

To see the medium-size company list visit http://www.entrepreneur.com/gptw/medium, to learn more about how to build a high-trust workplace culture, visit www.greatplacetowork.com or to learn more about Hoar Construction visit www.hoarllc.com.


Hoar breaks ground on CityCentre Three

Hoar breaks ground on CityCentre Three

HOUSTON, TX (September 27, 2011) Since opening just a couple of years ago, CityCentre has become quite the destination, packed with apartments and condos, a hotel, a gym, a movie theatre, and office space with shops, bars and restaurants in the spaces in between. New tenants are quickly filling up the last of the vacant space. The development certainly looks complete, but Midway Companies isn’t done with CityCentre yet.

Hoar Construction broke ground on another element, a 120,000 RSF, six-story building that will house retail and Class A office space in August. The LEED Silver project will also involve construction of an additional roadway with surface parking and a courtyard that will feature fountains and landscaped seating areas.

The project site is the northern half of the grassy area between the Hotel Sorella and Beltway 8, and is just under one acre in size. It’s a very small urban site in a high-traffic area – challenging, but nothing new for Hoar. Hoar is known for their ability to work on congested and challenging sites. In fact, most of their current projects fit this profile.

The Science Teaching Lab at University of Houston sits just inches away from an existing, occupied building at one of the University’s busiest intersections. With very little staging or lay-down area, Hoar has maintained a safe jobsite and minimized disruptions to students and the University. Hoar has also completed the new Jury Assembly Facility in the heart of downtown Houston. The site takes up one city block, is 85 percent below-grade, and ties into Houston’s tunnel system. In Abilene, Texas, Hoar is expanding Hendrick Medical Center while the facility remains fully operational. At Abilene Christian University, Hoar has added onto the Student Recreation Center while it remained occupied and school was in session.

Similarly, CityCentre will remain open during the 12 months of construction and Hoar expects that those visiting CityCentre will not be inconvenienced by construction.

“We treat the site like a downtown site to minimize impact to the development,” project superintendent Lance Smith of Hoar Construction said. “An 8-foot wall separates the jobsite from the hotel and City Centre visitors.”

Anyone who’s peeked inside the construction fence has seen that Hoar has been busy with site prep, the building pad, spread footings and underground utility work, carefully avoiding the Hotel Sorella’s utilities which run underneath the northeast corner of the jobsite.

“We chose Hoar Construction because attention to detail and a thorough management process will allow CityCentre to be impacted the least during construction,” said Shon Link, Director of Development for Midway Companies.

Midway Companies’ vision for CityCentre is one of integrating work and living – a place where people live, shop, eat, work and play in the same area. CityCentre’s existing office space is now 100 percent leased, so the new office building will help fulfill that vision.

“Restaurants, fitness, retail, lofts, theatre, and residences all within walking distance of where you work create a compelling lifestyle. Businesses at CityCentre see the opportunity to enhance the culture of their company and the day-to-day lifestyle of their employees in an environment like CityCentre,” Link said. “The addition of CityCentre Three will provide additional opportunities for businesses that understand the value of establishing an exceptional quality of life for their employees.”

The building, designed by Munoz and Albin with Kirksey Architects, uses the same material palette as other CityCentre buildings, but the massing is multi-faceted. A large curtainwall mass with a terrace, recessed lower floors and offset windows are some of its unique design characteristics.

Hoar has completed several class A office buildings and tenant build-outs in Houston, including Granite Westchase II (LEED Silver) and the Petrobras America Headquarters.