Archive for November, 2014

Manhattan Construction team wins Dallas Topping Out “Top 10” Award for George W. Bush Presidential Center project

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

George W. Bush Presidential Center topping out honor

DALLAS – Manhattan Construction Co. has been honored with a “Top 10” award from the Dallas-based Topping Out awards program for construction of the George W. Bush Presidential Center located in University Park, Texas. Manhattan Construction provided construction management services on the 226,500-square-foot project which has drawn a national audience and tourism to the Dallas community and has been nationally recognized for its sustainability and design features. Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates provided design services for the building and 23-acre landscape. Manhattan celebrated the completion of the Center in April, 2013.

Watch time-lapse video of construction of the George W. Bush Presidential Center project.

“We could not be more proud of the impact the project has both locally and nationally, and will have for many years to come,” said Manhattan Construction Senior Vice President Mark Penny.

The Topping Out awards program was created by an alumni group of the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture and The Arc – an organization to support and empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Topping Out has been awarding top and outstanding projects in the North Texas area since 2002. The awards program is judged by industry and architecture and design professionals.

The eleventh annual Topping Out award ceremony was held at Dallas’ Trinity Groves on October 28, 2014.




Manhattan Construction receives ENR MidAtlantic 2014 “Best Project” award for Georgetown University Dahlgren Chapel Renovation

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Dahlgren Chapel

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Georgetown University Dahlgren Chapel of Sacred Heart renovation project, built by Manhattan Construction Co., has won the 2014 Engineering News-Record (ENR) MidAtlantic “Best Project” honor in the renovation/restoration category. The publication’s 2014 Best Projects competition honors the top projects in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia in 16 categories.

Manhattan Construction team members performed careful structural restoration work on the 120-year-old, historic chapel building on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  They also restored 16 original, delicate stained glass windows, the largest of which is 15 feet by 25 feet. Martin Reddy Architects and Geier Brown Renfrow Architects LLC provided design services for the project.

“The renovation of Dahlgren Chapel restored and refreshed the sacred space that is the spiritual heart of our campus, for generations to come,” said Georgetown University Vice President for Mission and Ministry  Kevin O’Brien.

“When you are working with materials from the 1800s it requires flexibility, collaboration and attention to detail,” said Manhattan Construction Vice President Brian Killion. “Our team was honored to collaborate with Georgetown University, Martin Reddy Architects, Geier Brown Renfrow Architects LLC and our subcontractors to enrich and strengthen the building that represents the spiritual center of the nation’s oldest Catholic University.”

All “Best Project” winners will be featured in the December issue of ENR MidAtlantic and honored during the award event on Dec. 12 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor. The Dahlgren Chapel project, and other top category winning projects, will advance to the national competition to be considered for an ENR “Best of the Best” national award. 

About Manhattan Construction:

Founded in 1896, Manhattan Construction is consistently recognized nationally by Engineering News-Record as a top 25 general builder. Manhattan Construction operates from offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Kissimmee, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, Ga. Manhattan Construction’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:


Manhattan Construction’s 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic Raises $90,000 for MDA’s ALS Research

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Manhattan event raises 90k dollars for MDA

HOUSTON – Manhattan Construction Co.’s 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic raised $90,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Houston chapter for ALS research.


“During our 14 years of holding this event, it has raised more than $700,000 for MDA’s ALS research program,” said event organizer and Manhattan Construction Project Manager Keith Knighten. “We are so thankful to Houston’s generous architecture, engineering and construction communities who have made this possible through their support, donations and sponsorship of this tournament throughout the years.”

This year’s event was held Friday, Oct. 10 at Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring, Texas. More than 250 golfers participated.

The tournament was originally conceived by Manhattan team members during the construction of what is now known as NRG Stadium in Houston. A team member of one of the subcontractors on the project was diagnosed with ALS, which ultimately took his life. The Manhattan Construction project team, led by Project Executive Duane Duffy, organized the first golf classic 14 years ago in honor of this industry partner and friend. Today, Manhattan continues to honor his legacy by raising money for ALS research to find a cure for this devastating disease.


About Manhattan Construction.

Manhattan Construction Co. was founded in Oklahoma in 1896 and has been a part of the Houston community since 1942. The firm has constructed some of the region’s most recognized landmarks, including Ben Taub Hospital, METRO Headquarters, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Complex at Texas A&M, St. Luke’s Medical Towers, NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium), the University of Houston Football Stadium and BBVA Compass Stadium – home of the Houston Dynamo.

In the last two years Manhattan has received more than 50 industry honors for quality and safety. Manhattan is a four-time STEP Diamond award winner. This is the Associated Builders and Contractor’s Safety Training and Evaluation Process program’s highest safety honor. The company’s services include Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, design-build and turn-key projects. The company works in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.


About The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is a national voluntary health agency dedicated to fighting 43 neuromuscular diseases through an unparalleled research effort, public health education and a wide array of medical services. MDA provides services to families like support groups, equipment, clinic visits and summer camp for children. MDA has local clinics in Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital.

Through supporting MDA, donors can help make a difference in the lives of families living with a neuromuscular disease and give them hope for the future as researchers diligently search for a cure.


Thank you to the 2014 Manhattan Charity Golf Classic sponsors!

Rice/Walker Joint Venture

Postel International, Inc (MH)

LMI Painting, LLC


Sigma Marble & Granite

Berger Ironworks

Betco Scaffolds

Pinnacle Rentals (MH)

Karsten Interior

American Tile and Marble


CMC Construction

Ideal Finishes

United Rentals

Dynamic Systems, Inc

Kilgore Mechanical

Standard Automatic Fire Enterprises

Preferred Technologies

Baker Triangle

Riot Creative Imaging

McDonough Construction Rentals

Skyline Forming

Door Pro Systems

MCA Communications

Byrne Metals, Corp


Baker Concrete

Baker Triangle

Marek Brothers

Johnson Controls

Camarata Masonry Systems

Business Flooring Specialists

Sunbelt Post Tension (MH)

Walter P. Moore


East Texas Precast

Quality Service Floor Covering

Walter P. Moore (College Station)

Kenmor Electric

Bruce Bruning (Manhattan)

Perry and Perry



Henderson + Rogers

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc

Aggregate Technologies       

Ideal Finishes


East Texas Precast

Merit Professional Coatings (EF)


Mechanical Contractors