Archive for February, 2010

AGC Names Manhattan’s John Jamison “Builder of the Year”

Friday, February 26th, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. –Manhattan Construction Co. Oklahoma City area vice president, John Jamison has been named “2010 Builder of the Year” by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Oklahoma. The award is the highest honor given to an individual by the organization and recognizes an industry leader each year who exemplifies the AGC’s attributes of skill, integrity and responsibility. Jamison received this honor for his more than 40 years of dedication and commitment to the construction industry. The official recognition took place during the AGC of Oklahoma’s 2010 Awards Banquet at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino near Tulsa, Oklahoma in January.

“We are pleased to see that John’s professionalism and experience are recognized by his peers and the Associated General Contractors,” said John Snyder, Manhattan’s Oklahoma division president.  “Jamison has devoted his life to the construction of quality structures and to delivering the best project for every one of our customers.  He is very deserving of the recognition.” added Mr. Snyder.

Jamison is one of a handful of certified Design-Build professionals in the State and is also a certified Professional Estimator. He received his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1967, and served as an officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with overseas duty in Korea and continued his service with the Oklahoma Army Guard.

“I am honored by the award and look to pass my experience on the next generation of builders at Manhattan Construction Company”, said Jamison.

NASA Goddard’s New Building Achieves LEED Gold Status

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

GREENBELT, Maryland – What does it take to turn silver into gold? For NASA scientists, the answer is “two protons.” For Manhattan Construction Company, it is creative green building solutions which have resulted in the Exploration Sciences Building project becoming the first at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to receive LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

At 200,000 square feet, the Exploration Sciences Building is the largest green building on Goddard’s campus in Greenbelt, Md. The building includes space for administrative and research purposes and contains nearly 60 laboratories which are used to study a variety of scientific fields including; microwave, infrared, optical, UV, x-ray, gamma-ray and cosmic ray astronomy and astrophysics. 

In addition, the Solar System Exploration Division performs a variety of research pertaining to the composition, chemistry, and dynamics of planetary atmospheres, planetary and cometary magnetism and magnetospheres, planetary geology and geodynamics, planetary electrical processes, geodetic very-long baseline interferometry,  astrobiology, and studies of the Moon, asteroids, and Earth as a planet.

The NASA project manager, David Larsen, believes that, “The LEED Gold certification for the Exploration Sciences Building is a major accomplishment for the Center. This was achieved through the successful partnership between EwingCole, Manhattan Construction Company, and the Center. Through the life of the project, the project team has worked hard towards building the most sustainable facility ever built at the Center. I am very proud of our accomplishment.”

“Initially, the project was designed with a goal to achieve LEED Silver certification,” said Sean Evans, Manhattan Construction Company LEED Representative. “As the project progressed we identified additional green building opportunities that helped NASA exceed that goal and earn the higher LEED Gold certification.”

“Every green project presents unique challenges,” explained Evans, “During construction a hidden site condition revealed concrete that is not normally recyclable.  It threatened to negate two points for waste management. Manhattan responded by bringing a concrete crusher on-site to turn this landfill concrete debris into RC-6 (RC-6 is recycled crushed concrete). The RC-6 was then used for the parking lot aggregate base.”

The project also earned an additional LEED credit for “Exemplary Performance” in recognition for recycling of construction materials, said Evans.

The NASA Exploration Science Building was designed by EwingCole of Philadelphia. Construction began in June, 2007 and was completed 29 months.

USGBC is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

The LEED® Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Members of the U.S. Green Building Council representing all segments of the building industry developed LEED and continue to contribute to its evolution.

NASA Goddard is home to the nation’s largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.

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Manhattan To Build City of Houston Central Permitting Center

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

HOUSTON, Texas – Manhattan Construction Co. has been awarded the City of Houston Central Permitting Center project valued at approximately $25 million.  As Construction Manager at Risk, Manhattan will convert a 100-year old rice warehouse, located on the northwest edge of downtown Houston, into a multi-department office building.  The building is located on a 2.45 acre site and has a total of 190,000 square feet with four stories above grade. The project team is seeking U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certification for this project.

This building will serve as the City of Houston’s One Stop Permitting Center and will be the permanent location of the City of Houston’s Green Building Resource Center. The Green Building Resource Center will provide a chance for citizens to have their plans reviewed for opportunities to add green strategies to save energy, save water and make their projects more sustainable and efficient.

The project architect is Studio Red Architects.

The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.