Press Release

Balfour Beatty Construction selected as general contractor for Charlotte School of Law’s new uptown campus

13 February 2013


Balfour Beatty Construction has been selected to perform demolition  and new construction work for Charlotte School of Law’s new uptown campus.

As the general contractor on the project, Balfour Beatty Construction’s work will include 10 floors in the 27-story, Class A Charlotte Plaza building, representing a total of 195,976 square feet. This new campus will not only expand the size of the school’s facilities, which are currently located on Charlotte’s west side, but also allow students easier access to Mecklenburg County and federal courts, law firms and businesses in the centre city area. 

Balfour Beatty Construction is performing demolition and upfit of retail spaces on the first and second floors of the Charlotte Plaza building as well as the complete demolition and build-out of the fourth through eleventh floors. The new facilities will house all of the law school’s students and facilities, including classrooms with tiered seating, office and administrative support spaces, mock courtrooms with jury deliberation rooms and a state-of-the-art law library on the fourth and fifth floors. An impressive monumental stair will connect the law library and serve as both a visual and functional transition between the floors. 

“The new facilities will create an ideal learning environment for students and staff while unifying the campus in a convenient, urban setting,” said Pat Dean, president of Balfour Beatty Construction’s Carolinas division. “Charlotte School of Law is an important resource for our community and the legal profession. We are honoured to serve as a trusted advisor for one of our city’s premier educational institutions.” 

Founded in 2006, Charlotte School of Law is an ABA accredited, private institution that is part of the InfiLaw System of independent, community based law schools. Charlotte School of Law is committed to serving the underserved, creating practice ready lawyers and to student outcomes. 

“The move to uptown has long been our dream since we first began on Tryon Street,” said Denise Spriggs, interim dean of the Charlotte School of Law. “We will have a unified campus that is close to court houses and legal services, thereby offering our students access to experiential learning opportunities. We have surpassed over 200,000 pro-bono and public service hours since we opened and will continue to be an involved community partner.”

Construction is already underway on the new campus, and Charlotte School of Law is expected to assume occupancy of the building by early August, just in time for the start of fall semester. 

In order to ensure minimal disruption to the building’s current tenants and the safety of all involved parties, Balfour Beatty Construction is performing work during non-peak hours. Balfour Beatty Construction will also manage the precise phasing and delivery requirements for this fast-track, multi-phased project. 

This is the ninth project Balfour Beatty Construction has been awarded within the Charlotte Plaza building, successfully delivering creative and sophisticated workspaces that have been a source of pride for many notable Charlotte clients. 

The design team is led by Charlotte-based architecture firm, Jenkins•Peer Architects, with engineering  services provided by Barrett, Woodyard & Associates. Balfour Beatty Construction will also work closely with the Charlotte Plaza building property manager, Hines, as well as program manager, Matrix Program Management Services.

With an extensive portfolio encompassing approximately two million square feet of interior upfit and renovation work in uptown Charlotte, Balfour Beatty Construction has earned a reputation for industry-leading workmanship and world-class customer service.  


Media enquiries: 

Beth Hernandez
Balfour Beatty Construction
Tel. +1 (704) 319 4122


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, or look for BalfourBeattyUS on FacebookTwitterand LinkedIn

2.  Balfour Beatty ( is a world-class infrastructure group with capabilities in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.

We work in partnership with our customers principally in the UK, continental Europe, the US, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East, who value the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise.

Key infrastructure markets include transportation (roads, rail and airports); social infrastructure (education, specialist healthcare, and various types of accommodation); utilities (water, gas and power transmission and generation) and commercial (offices, leisure and retail).

The Group delivers services essential to the development, creation and care of these infrastructure assets including project design, financing and management, engineering and construction, and facilities management services.

Balfour Beatty employs 50,000 people around the world.

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