Press Release

Balfour Beatty Construction / Gensler project recognised with top honour

16 August 2013


Northwest Housing VIIIA, a student residence hall built by Balfour Beatty Construction and designed by Gensler for George Mason University, has recently earned a top award from the National Design Build Institute of America (DBIA).

The project received the highest honour in the Educational Facilities category. The award recognises Northwest Housing VIIIA as an exemplary project that not only achieved budget and schedule goals, but also demonstrated advanced and innovative application of total integrated project delivery, including best design-build practices.

“The project was a complete success for George Mason in terms of construction, budget, schedule and move-in of our students,” said Steve Morehouse, Director of Construction for Auxiliary Enterprises for the university. “It is rare that all these facets come together so well on a single project and I am delighted that this team was nationally recognised for their hard work and dedication to our very successful project.”

Completed in 2011, the 216,770-square-foot housing complex consists of two buildings that are six and seven stories tall, with a total of 609 student beds. The project was designed and built to LEED Silver standards and was completed six months early. Located at George Mason’s main campus in Fairfax, Va., Northwest Housing VIIIA has helped the University further its strategy of creating an active 24/7 community to attract the best students, faculty and staff.

“Balfour Beatty is thrilled to receive such a prestigious honour,” said David Laib, Senior Vice President for Balfour Beatty Construction in Washington D.C.  “This award demonstrates not only the significant design-build achievement of Northwest Housing VIIIA, but the continued success of the Balfour Beatty/Gensler team in service to George Mason’s mission.”

Don Ghent, Principal at Gensler, added “Our relationship on design-build projects with Balfour Beatty and George Mason University has been particularly collegial and rewarding. I am proud that the success of the Balfour Beatty/Gensler team has been recognised on a national scale, and by such a respected organisation as DBIA.”

The overall success of the project is accredited in large part to the collaboration and partnership between Balfour Beatty Construction, Gensler and the design-build team partners including, J.E. Richards, JCM Associates, Encon Group, Barr Concrete and Paciulli Simmons, and client George Mason University.

The project will be recognised at the 2013 Design-Build Conference and Expo award ceremony on 5 November 2013 in Las Vegas.

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Balfour Beatty Construction US
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Notes to editors:

1.  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

2.  Balfour Beatty ( is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance.

Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK, the US, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. We continue to develop our business in key growth markets in South Africa, Australia, Canada, Brazil and India.

With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors include transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, mining, water and social infrastructure such as hospitals and schools.

Balfour Beatty employs 50,000 people around the world.

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