September 05, 2018

Barton Malow Dominates the Midwest

Engineering-News Record, a weekly magazine that provides news and analysis for the construction world, recently recognized four projects that Barton Malow worked on. From an athletic facility on a lakeshore to a state-of-the-art research center on the hunt for rare isotopes, the company proves why it’s one of the best in the region.

Ryan Field House and Walter Athletics Center – Evanston, IL – Best Project in Sports/Entertainment

At the end of 2015, Barton Malow, together with JV partner Walsh, took on the construction of a new lakefront athletics facility that will serve as a training and recreation center for years to come. The result was the Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center, a 427,000-square-foot complex designed with the success of student-athletes in mind. Submitted by engineering consulting company WSP, the project was named the Best Sports/Entertainment Project by Engineering-News Record.

The facility gives Northwestern student-athletes state-of-the-art facilities, resources and more. It features an indoor practice field, competition and recreation venues, an auditorium, sports medicine, and nutrition centers, in addition to designated training spaces for Division 1 and intramural sports.

"It's transformative for the football program and those incredible student-athletes. It's also transformative for many of our other 506 varsity athletes, 1,500 club sports athletes, 4,000 intramural athletes, and the entire community," said University President Morton Schapiro at the Ryan Fieldhouse opening ceremony earlier this year.

Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI – Award of Merit in Sports/Entertainment

Barton Malow, in partnership with Hunt and White Construction (BMHW team), served as the construction manager for Little Caesars Arena, which is at the heart of the burgeoning District and is the home of the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons.

The 20,000-seat arena is a symbol of innovation for Detroit and serves as a crucial business generator in the area. However, the arena provides more than housing for sports; it is a place for residents and tourists to come together for community, sport and entertainment events. The arena is the epicenter of activity in the neighborhood, containing a glass-covered concourse for restaurants and shops. The project also included a parking garage, a subterranean practice rink, and office space.

Holland Energy Park – Holland, MI – Best Project in Energy/Industrial

Submitted by HDR Architecture, the Holland Energy Park presents reliable, world-class infrastructure that provides a sustainable, long-term power source in natural gas. As winner of ENR’s Best Energy/Industrial Project, the forward-thinking facilities provide a green landscape for public use, and serves as a way for people of the community to connect with one another.

As for resource harvesting, the Combined Cycle Natural Gas facility is a 2x1 set up utilizing Siemens SGT-800 natural gas turbines operating in tandem with two Vogt Heat Recovery Steam Generators and a Siemens SST-400 steam turbine generator. Barton Malow used its in-house trade labor workforce to self-perform much of the construction activities, including civil sitework, concrete, structural steel, interiors, centerline erection and all boilermaker work done.

Michigan State University Facility for Rare Isotope Beams - East Lansing, MI – Award of Merit in Higher Education/Research

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) presented Barton Malow with a unique challenge: building a state-of-the-art center that allows researchers to study rare materials. The 250,000 square-foot facility includes a linear accelerator underground tunnel, target gallery area and several designated support spaces.

Over 1,000,000 man-hours were put into the building the facility, which included massive excavation efforts and a 3,200-cubic yard concrete pour. In addition, the project team utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM) as the technology was first being introduced to the field. Submitted by SmithGroupJJR, the project was given the Award of Merit in Higher Education/Research.

About Barton Malow Company: Founded in 1924, Barton Malow Company is a 100% American-owned contractor serving North America in market specialties that include commercial, industrial, education, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, sports, and entertainment facilities. With more than 2,000 employees and 16 offices, the company's core purpose is to Build with the American Spirit: People, Projects and Communities.

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Dana Galvin Lancour