Balfour Beatty benefits from prefab panels on Virginia apartment project

Dive Temporary:

  • LCOR Inc. has awarded Balfour Beatty a $79 million agreement to construct Sage at Nationwide Landing in Arlington, Virginia. Construction has commenced on the luxurious multifamily neighborhood expected to spark more improvement and vibrancy in the Crystal Metropolis district just outside the house of Washington, D.C.
  • The Balfour Beatty workforce is utilizing the most up-to-date systems and lean design methodologies in setting up the condominium making. These will involve the prefabrication of exterior wall panels and mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements, as nicely as the use of BIM, to ensure productive shipping of the undertaking.
  • The utilization of prefabrication ought to conserve the Balfour Beatty teams set up time. It will also give a safer set up technique, reduce jobsite squander and absolutely free up supplemental room for other trades on the floors inside the developing, according to the firm.

Dive Perception:

The selection to use prefabricated exterior wall panels and MEP elements in developing the 19-tale building was dependent on numerous aspects, said Sean Graham, vice president of functions in the Mid-Atlantic for Balfour Beatty.

“At their main, lean procedures, like prefabrication, are rooted in maximizing people’s working environments, encounters, performance, safety and time savings,” Graham instructed Design Dive. 

The luxurious condominium elaborate is less than development in Crystal Metropolis, Virginia.

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For instance, prefabrication of the exterior wall panels minimizes the amount of time that crews spend on doing the job from swing levels and/or lifts to set up the exterior sheathing and air barrier elements. 

“As a substitute, the exterior sheathing and air barrier elements appear pre-put in on each panel from the factory,” he said. “The prefabrication method not only saves our task teams time in the course of installation, but it also removes waste from the jobsite, presents a safer tactic to installation and will save place on the flooring for encompassing trades.”

Including nevertheless greater time discounts and effectiveness is the simple fact the panels will not have to journey much to be put in on the composition. They are regionally fabricated in Fairfax, Virginia, approximately 15 miles from the jobsite, he said.

Challenge timeline

The building’s exterior façade was built with an aluminum composite metallic panel rainscreen, Graham mentioned. Measurements are needed to prefabricate the building’s exterior stud wall panels, providing users of the Balfour Beatty venture group an prospect to employ these known measurements from the stud wall panel drawings to fabricate the metal 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 technique, which the prefabricated stud wall panels are designed to aid, will make prefabricating the exterior walls a cost-helpful, efficient, risk-free and reputable assist wall for the project’s window units,” Graham mentioned.

Located close to Amazon’s HQ2 task, Sage at Countrywide Landing will be built on the 40,000-square-foot web site of a former Verizon telecommunications constructing. It is Balfour Beatty’s 2nd venture with LCOR pursuing the firm’s latest completion of LEED-Gold, 20-story multifamily and blended-use development The Altaire. Built by Bethesda, Maryland, firm SK+1 Architects, Sage at National Landing is slated for completion in the initial quarter of 2023.

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