Dive Short:

  • LCOR Inc. has awarded Balfour Beatty a $seventy nine million contract to build Sage at National Landing in Arlington, Virginia. Construction has commenced on the luxurious multifamily community predicted to spark added development and vibrancy in the Crystal City district just outside of Washington, D.C.
  • The Balfour Beatty group is employing the latest systems and lean development methodologies in constructing the apartment making. These will involve the prefabrication of exterior wall panels and mechanical, electrical and plumbing components, as well as the use of BIM, to guarantee successful shipping and delivery of the job.
  • The utilization of prefabrication really should conserve the Balfour Beatty groups installation time. It will also provide a safer installation strategy, lower jobsite waste and free up added space for other trades on the flooring inside of the making, according to the firm.

Dive Insight:

The choice to use prefabricated exterior wall panels and MEP components in constructing the 19-story making was dependent on many variables, said Sean Graham, vice president of functions in the Mid-Atlantic for Balfour Beatty.

“At their core, lean procedures, like prefabrication, are rooted in boosting people’s functioning environments, ordeals, effectiveness, safety and time financial savings,” Graham told Building Dive. 

The luxurious apartment advanced is under development in Crystal City, Virginia.

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For occasion, prefabrication of the exterior wall panels minimizes the quantity of time that crews devote on functioning from swing levels and/or lifts to put in the exterior sheathing and air barrier products. 

“In its place, the exterior sheathing and air barrier products arrive pre-put in on each panel from the manufacturing unit,” he said. “The prefabrication technique not only saves our job groups time all through installation, but it also removes waste from the jobsite, presents a safer technique to installation and saves space on the flooring for bordering trades.”

Introducing nonetheless higher time financial savings and effectiveness is the fact the panels will not have to journey far to be put in on the structure. They are regionally fabricated in Fairfax, Virginia, approximately 15 miles from the jobsite, he said.

Task timeline

The building’s exterior façade was intended with an aluminum composite metallic panel rainscreen, Graham said. Measurements are essential to prefabricate the building’s exterior stud wall panels, providing associates of the Balfour Beatty job group an chance to employ these regarded measurements from the stud wall panel drawings to fabricate the metallic panel rainscreen cladding. That cladding is put in on the prefabricated stud wall panels.

“In addition, the repetitiveness of the project’s windows and window wall process, which the prefabricated stud wall panels are intended to support, will make prefabricating the exterior walls a charge-helpful, successful, risk-free and dependable support wall for the project’s window techniques,” Graham said.

Located shut to Amazon’s HQ2 job, Sage at National Landing will be developed on the forty,000-sq.-foot web-site of a previous Verizon telecommunications making. It is Balfour Beatty’s 2nd job with LCOR subsequent the company’s new completion of LEED-Gold, 20-story multifamily and mixed-use development The Altaire. Built by Bethesda, Maryland, firm SK+one Architects, Sage at National Landing is slated for completion in the 1st quarter of 2023.