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Two Barton Malow Projects Earn 2020 ESD Construction & Design Awards

Two Barton Malow Projects – the University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building (BSB) and Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak Emergency Center Expansion – have earned 2020 Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Construction & Design Awards.

Evaluated by a panel of industry judges, the Awards honor owners, designers, and builders for outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

The 312,000-SF BSB is the new home of the University of Michigan’s Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. With a façade consisting of 77,000 SF of imported terracotta and its three sections connected via glass atriums (two 100-foot walls and 16×8-foot panels on atrium walls), the building has a distinct presence and helps complete a “Science Neighborhood” on U-M’s campus. The BSB is also home to the Research Museums of Paleontology and Zoology, and the U-M Museum of Natural History.

The Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak Emergency Center Expansion was a multi-phase, 100,000-SF expansion on the west side of the hospital’s campus. It included a roof-top helipad, and another 50,000-SF worth of renovations to double the size of the existing emergency department, which is the busiest in Michigan and one of the busiest in the country.

To learn more about both of these projects and see the other projects tapped for ESD Construction & Design Awards, see the summer 2020 issue of techcentury or visit