Turner Construction Company Raises Structure on Large High-Tech Campus in North Dallas

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Outer Structure of Tilt-Wall Construction Project Completed

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We appreciate the confidence the client has placed in Turner to lead the construction of their new building, as part of a 15-building campus. The new building will house offices and some of the company’s research and development staff

Amidst a number of interested onlookers, a 250-ton crane began hoisting 54 massive three-story concrete tilt-wall panels for a new, state-of-the-art facility for a large high-tech campus located in Farmer’s Branch. Turner Construction Company, the nation's leading general builder and a leader in tilt-wall construction, completed the outer structure of the 140,000 square foot concrete and steel building: http://youtu.be/RFGc5rRopW8.

When the client - a multi-national corporation that designs, manufactures and sells semiconductor products - decided to add a new building to the company’s second largest campus, Turner Construction Company was chosen as the general contractor to spearhead the project. “We appreciate the confidence the client has placed in Turner to lead the construction of their new building, as part of a 15-building campus. The new building will house offices and some of the company’s research and development staff,” said Steve Whitcraft, director of commercial construction for Turner Construction Company’s – Texas region. “Intended as a prototype for future properties, this building design approach will be used for all office facilities for the client.”

A surge in demand for the client’s products necessitated the expansion of the DFW campus. However, the facility also has limited time and budget demands, which meant Turner needed to find cost-effective and efficient solutions. According to Whitcraft, the cost savings, fast construction time, project safety, durability of structural concrete wall-panels and ease of maintenance of tilt-wall construction made this the ideal structural system for the new facility.

Turner was selected to build this new facility due to the company’s experience in building tilt-wall and LEED building projects, Whitcraft noted. The semiconductor firm wanted an experienced builder with both green and tilt-wall expertise that could be trusted to finish the building on time and on budget. The facility will be LEED Silver certified when completed and will feature added insulation, energy efficient windows, solar panels and other green enhancements.

As part of the preconstruction process, Turner had to plan for certain aspects that were unique to the location of the project. For instance, being within a 1/4 mile of the Addison regional airport, Turner was required to obtain an FAA permit confirming that the tilt-wall process, including the 200-foot crane needed to erect the outer panel walls, did not affect the ongoing air traffic.

“Since the new building is within a fully operating North Dallas campus, Turner and our trade contractors are working around air, nitrogen and fiber optic utilities that are critical to ongoing operations,” said Joe Hudler, Turner Construction Company’s general superintendent who is managing the project. “In fact, the new construction is within 35 feet of an existing campus facility and careful, detailed planning was required to install the 50 foot panels while avoiding any possible collisions, disruptive noise and power outages.”

Turner’s attention to detail is even more evident when it comes to the design of the building interior. “Tilt-wall construction is extremely efficient, but the client’s requirement for 11-foot ceilings doesn’t allow much space for mechanical systems,” Hudler noted. “With only 18 inches of space available for HVAC duct work, electrical wiring, data cables and sprinkler systems, Turner uses an advanced building information modeling system (BIM) to efficiently route these essential services. This allows us to make precise construction decisions that keep the project on track and within budget.”

Despite record weather impacts this spring, the facility is on schedule for occupancy in early 2012. “Turner not only has the reputation for delivering innovative solutions that meet our customer’s needs, we also are diligent about meeting deadlines and exceeding expectations,” said Whitcraft. “This has been a tremendous opportunity and we look forward to completing a facility whose innovations will be replicated in other client facilities in the U.S. and around the world.”    

Turner is also recently completed a large tilt-wall project for Caterpillar in Texas several weeks ahead of schedule.

About Turner:
Founded in 1902, Turner is the leading general builder in the U.S., with Texas regional offices in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Turner ranks first or second in the major segments of the building construction field, and specializes in general construction, construction management, design-build, green building and Building Information Modeling (BIM). During 2010, Turner completed $7.4 billion of construction worldwide, with more than $400 million in Texas. For more information, visit Turner's website at http://www.turnerconstruction.com.

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