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Balfour Beatty benefits from prefab panels on Virginia apartment project

Dive Transient:

  • LCOR Inc. has awarded Balfour Beatty a $79 million deal to construct Sage at National Landing in Arlington, Virginia. Construction has commenced on the luxury multifamily neighborhood expected to spark additional advancement and vibrancy in the Crystal Town district just outside of Washington, D.C.
  • The Balfour Beatty crew is using the most recent systems and lean development methodologies in constructing the apartment constructing. These will consist of the prefabrication of exterior wall panels and mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements, as properly as the use of BIM, to be certain successful supply of the undertaking.
  • The utilization of prefabrication should preserve the Balfour Beatty teams installation time. It will also provide a safer set up strategy, decrease jobsite squander and free of charge up added place for other trades on the floors in just the building, in accordance to the corporation.

Dive Perception:

The selection to use prefabricated exterior wall panels and MEP parts in setting up the 19-tale constructing was primarily based on a lot of factors, explained Sean Graham, vice president of functions in the Mid-Atlantic for Balfour Beatty.

“At their core, lean procedures, like prefabrication, are rooted in maximizing people’s doing work environments, activities, effectiveness, security and time discounts,” Graham instructed Development Dive. 

The luxurious apartment sophisticated is underneath development in Crystal City, Virginia.

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For occasion, prefabrication of the exterior wall panels minimizes the quantity of time that crews invest on performing from swing stages and/or lifts to set up the exterior sheathing and air barrier materials. 

“Alternatively, the exterior sheathing and air barrier materials come pre-mounted on each individual panel from the manufacturing facility,” he said. “The prefabrication approach not only saves our undertaking groups time during installation, but it also gets rid of waste from the jobsite, offers a safer method to set up and will save area on the floors for encompassing trades.”

Including nonetheless bigger time savings and performance is the fact the panels will not likely have to vacation significantly to be installed on the composition. They are regionally fabricated in Fairfax, Virginia, approximately 15 miles from the jobsite, he explained.

Task timeline

The building’s exterior façade was created with an aluminum composite steel panel rainscreen, Graham explained. Measurements are essential to prefabricate the building’s exterior stud wall panels, supplying members of the Balfour Beatty project team an prospect to benefit from these recognised measurements from the stud wall panel drawings to fabricate the metallic panel rainscreen cladding. That cladding is put in on the prefabricated stud wall panels.

“In addition, the repetitiveness of the project’s home windows and window wall system, which the prefabricated stud wall panels are created to guidance, helps make prefabricating the exterior partitions a price-successful, effective, secure and reliable guidance wall for the project’s window devices,” Graham mentioned.

Located shut to Amazon’s HQ2 undertaking, Sage at Countrywide Landing will be built on the 40,000-sq.-foot internet site of a former Verizon telecommunications building. It is Balfour Beatty’s next task with LCOR following the company’s the latest completion of LEED-Gold, 20-story multifamily and blended-use development The Altaire. Created by Bethesda, Maryland, firm SK+1 Architects, Sage at Countrywide Landing is slated for completion in the 1st quarter of 2023.