Archive for April, 2013

The Woody Guthrie Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held

Monday, April 29th, 2013

 

TULSA, Okla. – The Woody Guthrie Center, home to the Woody Guthrie Archives, opened its doors after a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 27th. The Center is located in the former Tulsa Paper Company building in downtown Tulsa’s Brady District. Manhattan Construction Co. renovated the 1922 structure while preserving the historic character of the walls which house treasured American history artifacts.

Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) was one of America’s greatest folksingers and most influential songwriters. Born in Okemah, Oklahoma, Guthrie’s most famous song was, “This Land is Your Land.”

With Manhattan’s deep roots in Oklahoma, it was very special to us to build the place that pays tribute to Guthrie,” said Manhattan Construction Sr. Vice President Bob Jack. “The Center will share his important American story with our children and generations to come.”

Jack said the significance of Guthrie’s work set the stage for an incredibly moving ribbon cutting ceremony. There were so many beautiful community moments including when Guthrie’s daughter, Nora Guthrie led the crowd in singing, ’Oklahoma Hills.’

The project architect was Tulsa-based Kinslow, Keith & Todd, Inc.

Manhattan Construction been involved with constructing several projects related to the development of downtown Tulsa including The Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education, ONEOK Field, BOK Center, The Guthrie Green, Griffin Communications Center, and GreenArch Apartments.

To learn more about the Woody Guthrie Center visit: http://woodyguthriecenter.org/

About Manhattan Construction Company:
Founded in Oklahoma in 1896, Manhattan Construction is consistently recognized nationally by Engineering News-Record as a top 20 green builder. Manhattan operates from offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Naples, Tampa, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Kissimmee, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, Ga. Manhattan’s building portfolio includes corporate headquarters, institutional, healthcare, office, hospitality and leisure, sports and entertainment, aviation, retail, and judicial facilities throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. For more information visit: www.manhattanconstruction.com or connect with us @ManhattanBuild, via Facebook/ManhattanConstruction and on LinkedIn.

 

Manhattan Construction Announces Bruce Fields to Lead Southwest Florida Region

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

NAPLES, FLORIDA – Manhattan Construction Company has promoted 28-year construction industry veteran Bruce Fields to senior vice president and division manager of the firm’s Southwest Florida operations which include offices in Naples and Fort Myers.

Fields has a diverse construction background which includes high-rise, educational, healthcare, aviation, and government facility construction. He joined the Manhattan organization in 2008 and he most recently led the construction team for the $250 million George W. Bush Presidential Center, and previously building the $130 million First Baptist Church project.

Fields has a passion for community service projects such as Habitat for Humanity and Homes for Hero’s. Since relocating to Naples, he has already become involved with Building Homes for Heroes, an organization which provides affordable housing for returning veterans.

Fields earned his bachelor of science in construction engineering technology from Louisiana Tech University in 1985.

ABOUT MANHATTAN CONSTRUCTION
Manhattan Construction provides general contracting, pre-construction, construction management, and design-build services in the Southwest, Southeast and Middle Atlantic Regions of the United States. The company operates in Florida through offices in Naples and Tampa.

For more information visit: www.manhattanconstruction.com or connect with us @ManhattanBuild, via Facebook/ManhattanConstruction and on LinkedIn.

Manhattan Construction Receives Seven Honors at ABC Florida Gulf Coast’s Excellence In Construction Event

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

The Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter honored Manhattan Construction with seven awards. Manhattan Construction representatives were on hand to receive the awards at the 2013 Excellence in Construction Awards Program held on Friday, April 19th 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Tampa.

Pictured left to right: Manhattan Construction team members Terry Donathan – vice president estimating, Bruce Fields – senior vice president, Keith Morgan – chief estimator, Michael Halligan – senior project manager, Stephen McDonald – operations manager, Paul Wharen – senior project manager, Steve Massuci, CPE – estimator, Jack Fletcher – superintendent, John Cowart – senior superintendent.

ABC presented Manhattan Construction as the winner of the 2013 Eagle Award in the “Other Construction” $2 to $100 million category for the Boston Red Sox Spring Training Facility – jetBlue Park. Manhattan Construction built the 120-acre spring training facility which included a 12,000-seat stadium and six full practice fields in Fort Myers, Florida. The stadium portion included an iconic “green monster” left field wall and a manual scoreboard from Fenway Park. The project is LEED® Certified. The project architect was Populous, Inc.


Boston Red Sox Training Facility
Boston Red Sox Spring Training Facility – jetBlue Park, Fort Myers, Florida

Manhattan Construction was also awarded the 2013 Eagle Award in the Residential/Multi-Family up to $100 million category for Moorings Park Buildings O, P, and Q in Naples, Florida. The project consisted of three buildings ranging from three to five stories at the Moorings Park retirement community in Naples, Florida. It added 29 new custom condo style independent living units over ground floor covered parking and a five-star restaurant. The project architect was Burt Hill/Pollock Krieg Architects.

Moorings Park
Moorings Park Buildings O, P, and Q, Naples, Florida

Additionally, Manhattan won another 2013 Eagle Award in the Institutional $5 to $10 million category for the construction of the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Sarasota, Florida. Manhattan Construction demolished the existing facility and constructed a new 45,000-square-foot community center and pool that achieved LEED Silver Certification. The project architect was Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative.

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Sarasota, Florida
Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Sarasota, Florida

Manhattan was recognized with a 2013 Merit Award for the Veterans Administration Ambulatory / Outpatient Surgical Center in Cape Coral, Florida. Manhattan Construction completed the 222,988-square-foot outpatient facility that was designed to accommodate advanced healthcare for United States Veterans. The project architect was HOK, Inc.

Veterans Administration Ambulatory / Outpatient Surgical Center, Cape Coral, Florida
Veterans Administration Ambulatory / Outpatient Surgical Center, Cape Coral, Florida

Manhattan was also recognized with a 2013 Merit Award for the Osceola County Courthouse Square Expansion Phase I Parking Garage in Kissimmee, Florida. Manhattan Construction erected the eight-story, 830-space parking garage adjacent to the existing county buildings in the government center complex. The project architect was Heery International, Inc.

Osceola County Courthouse Square Expansion Phase I Parking Garage, Kissimmee, Florida
Osceola County Courthouse Square Expansion Phase I Parking Garage, Kissimmee, Florida

Manhattan was awarded a 2013 Merit Award for Florida Gulf Coast University Academic Building 8 in Fort Myers, Florida. Included in the project was a four-story, 69,000-square foot building that is occupied by the College of Health Professions and a three-level, 750-car parking garage. The project architect was Harvard Jolly / Kahler Slater- Joint Venture.

Florida Gulf Coast University Academic Building 8, Fort Myers, Florida
Florida Gulf Coast University Academic Building 8, Fort Myers, Florida

Lastly, Manhattan was honored with another 2013 Merit Award for the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples in Naples, Florida. The 32,000-square-foot, two-story building includes 12 interactive exhibit galleries as well as an outdoor amphitheater. The project is LEED Gold certified. The architect was Burke Houge Mills, Inc.


Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, Naples, Florida
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, Naples, Florida

The ABC Gulf Coast Chapter Excellence in Construction Awards program recognizes the best work of general contractor and subcontractor members.

ABC’s Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (located in Tampa, FL) is devoted exclusively to representing the interests of 450 member companies from Gainesville down to Naples. Associated Builders and Contractors is a national association representing more than 24,000 merit shop construction and construction related firms in 78 chapters across the United States.

About Manhattan Construction:
Founded in 1896, Manhattan Construction is consistently recognized nationally by Engineering News-Record as a top 20 green builder. Manhattan operates from offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Naples, Tampa, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Kissimmee, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, Ga. Manhattan’s building portfolio includes corporate headquarters, institutional, healthcare, office, hospitality and leisure, sports and entertainment, aviation, retail, and judicial facilities throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. For more information visit: www.manhattanconstruction.com or connect with us @ManhattanBuild, via Facebook/ManhattanConstruction and on LinkedIn.

 

Watch Time-Lapse Construction Video of The George W. Bush Presidential Center

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Built by Manhattan Construction Co., The George W. Bush Presidential Center is home to the Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Bush Institute. The Bush Center’s 226,000-square-foot building and 15-acre urban park reside on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Manhattan Construction has the unique distinction of being the only contractor to have built two Presidential libraries.

The project architect is Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP. and the landscape architect is Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Time lapse video is by EarthCam.

 

Bush Presidential Center Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

George W. Bush Presidential Center Build by Manhattan Construction

Dallas, TX –The George W. Bush Presidential Center, a Manhattan Construction project, has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest level of the LEED green building certification program. It is the first Presidential library to earn LEED Platinum certification for new construction.

Manhattan Construction is building the George W. Bush Presidential Center on a 23-acre lot on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After completion, Manhattan will have the unique distinction of being the only contractor to have built two Presidential libraries. This is also the second LEED Platinum project by Manhattan Construction in Dallas – the other being the University of North Texas Apogee Stadium, the first LEED Platinum collegiate stadium in the nation.

“It has been an honor to build the George W. Bush Presidential Center,” said Manhattan Construction project executive Mark Penny. “Manhattan has long been committed to developing technologies and techniques to support green construction and we are thrilled for the project to receive the highest level of LEED certification, Platinum.”

“As we approach the Bush Center’s April 25 dedication, we are proud to be recognized for our emphasis on sustainable building design,” said Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Foundation.

George W. Bush Presidential Center Built By Manhattan Construction

Manhattan Construction, a member of the U.S Green Building Council, oversaw daily control of specialized materials and the recycling of construction debris in the team effort to achieve LEED certification. A few of the sustainable features that helped the George W. Bush Presidential Center achieve LEED Platinum certification include:

• Recycling of waste generated during construction
• Regionally-sourced building materials
• 20 percent recycled materials
• Deep building overhangs and sunshades to minimize solar heating loads
• Photovoltaic panels to meet 9.5 percent of the building’s energy demand
• Solar hot water panels to supply 100 percent of the building’s domestic hot water
• Insulated glazing units to reduce heating and cooling loads
• Green roofs, gardens, and highly reflective roofing materials to reduce heat island effect
• Highly efficient HVAC systems to reduce energy demand
• Low-VOC emitting products and finishes to maintain high indoor air quality
• Mechanical air filtration to maintain high indoor air quality
• Native landscape species to reduce irrigation need
• Harvesting and storing rain water to meet 50 percent of the irrigation demand
• Pre-treating of rain water before storage

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is set to open to the public on May 1, 2013. The 226,500-square-foot building will hold the George W. Bush Library, including the archives and museum, and the George W. Bush Institute. The site includes a 15-acre urban park featuring native landscaping such as a wildflower meadow, a tall grass prairie and savannah and woodland clearings. The project architect is Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP. and the landscape architect is Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

Visit The George W. Bush Presidential Center webcam by EarthCam: http://www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com/manhattan-construction/projects/webcams/george-w-bush-presidential-center

About Manhattan Construction Company:
Founded in 1896, Manhattan Construction is consistently recognized nationally by Engineering News-Record as a top 20 green builder. Manhattan operates from offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Naples, Tampa, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Kissimmee, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, Ga. Manhattan’s building portfolio includes corporate headquarters, institutional, healthcare, office, hospitality and leisure, sports and entertainment, aviation, retail, and judicial facilities throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. For more information visit: www.manhattanconstruction.com or connect with us @ManhattanBuild, via Facebook/ManhattanConstruction and on LinkedIn.

About the George W. Bush Presidential Center:
The George W. Bush Presidential Center is home to the Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Bush Institute. The Bush Center’s 226,000-square-foot building and 15-acre urban park reside on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. President and Mrs. Bush founded the Bush Center to continue their work expanding freedom at home and around the globe. The Bush Presidential Library and Museum opens to the public on May 1, 2013. For more information, visit www.bushcenter.org.

About LEED:
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. For more information visit, www.usgbc.org.