Press Release

Balfour Beatty Construction Awarded Eastman Corporate Business Center

10 October 2013


(FAIRFAX, Va. – Oct. 9, 2013) Balfour Beatty Construction has been selected to provide preconstruction and construction management at risk services for Eastman Chemical Company’s new Corporate Business Center. Located in Kingsport, Tenn., the facility will be an innovative “workplace of the future” that will bring multiple company organizations together into one building to foster employee creativity and collaboration.

“We are thrilled to be Eastman’s partner on such an important project for their company,” said David Laib, senior vice president at Balfour Beatty. “We look forward to providing Eastman employees a world-class, innovative workplace that they will be proud to call home.”

The multi-story office facility will be designed to accommodate more than 850 employees and feature amenities such as a fitness center, cafeteria, customer meeting spaces, customer innovation space, and conference rooms. The design will incorporate branding and sustainability elements, Eastman’s high-performance and energy efficient building products where possible, flexible space solutions, and maximum natural light.  Jacobs KlingStubbins of Philadelphia is serving as the project’s architect-engineer.

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that serves customers in approximately 100 countries and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. The Corporate Business Center is part of Eastman’s overall “Project Inspire,” a $1.6 billion, seven-year plan that will add 300 new jobs and grow the company’s corporate campus and presence in the local Kingsport area.

Preconstruction services are already underway. Construction is anticipated to begin the first quarter of 2014 with completion aimed for late summer 2015. 

About Balfour Beatty Construction

An industry leader for more than 80 years, Balfour Beatty Construction provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for a wide variety of markets, serving clients in both the public and private sector.  With more than 2,400 employees across the U.S., the company has been cited as a Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering News-Record, and as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For® by FORTUNE magazine, four years in a row. The company is part of London-based Balfour Beatty plc, a global infrastructure services business operating in more than 80 countries, with a worldwide commitment to providing assets that help societies function, develop, and thrive.  To learn more about the company, visit or look for Balfour Beatty US on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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