30C — March 16 - 29, 2012 — The Best of 2011 — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal
The FaVorIte/MoSt UnUSUal general ContraCtIng ProJeCt of 2011
Mc gowan Builders, Inc. the Dream Downtown, new york — redevelopment —
allied Building Corporation Ben Franklin techVentures2 — Incubator Facility for Start-Up Cos. —
The project scope included the removal of the entire curtain wall, demolition of a building section, creation of a courtyard and separation of the structure into two buildings, demoli- tion of all interiors, expansion of the North Tower by one floor and expansion of the South Tower by four floors. the Mc gowan Builders team installed a new curtain wall with custom, round windows and constructed a suspended pool above the restaurant space with a transparent acrylic bottom. In addition to the complete interior build out with luxury finishes, the construction required all new MEP and building systems.
The new four-story TechVentures2 building is linked to the original Ben Franklin TechVen- tures facility and provides additional wet lab, office and meeting space. The building, which is targeting LEED Gold certification and ENERGYSTAR designation, features a high efficiency curtain wall system, precast façade panels, a central pyramid-shaped solarium allowing sunlight to flow into the fourth floor and down through a portion of glass flooring into the third floor, rooftop photovoltaic panels as well as other sun harvesting technology to supplement electrical requirements, numerous energy-saving devices, two elevators, advanced audio/visual systems and state-of-the-art conference center. There were many difficult and diverse challenges: managing a project for a 501(c)3 client that received significant federal and state funding; severe space limitations with construction occurring at the main entrance of a major college campus; complex flash coordination of underground utilities was required; a two-phase approach was needed with phase one being the construction of a separate parking deck prior to starting the phase two TechVentures 2 building; providing uninterrupted operations at the original TechVentures facility including the subsequent tie-in to the new building; incorporating state-of-the-art green building and energy conservation measures; and managing the LEED Gold certification and ENERGY STAR designation efforts. Lehigh University Mountaintop Campus, 116 Research Dr. in Bethlehem, PA
100 word description of why you chose this project: This project was chosen because of its originality. DreamDowntown’s modernist façade houses loft inspired guestrooms and suites, a landscaped outdoor terrace with heated pool and innovative concept dining. The hotel also features a beach club and an expansive destination rooftop lounge offering dramatic views of the resplendent New York City Skyline. The Dream Downtown has become a hot spot for numerous celebrities.
“BEST OF 2011” WINNER Favorite / Most Unusual Project for: x General Contractor x Green Project
NEW YORK | NEW JERSEY | FLORIDA | ILLINOIS
Is proud to be the recipient of The Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journals “Best of 2011” in the categories “Favorite/Most Unusual Project” for The Dream Downtown and “Best Places to Work”
Ben Franklin TechVentures2
574 Main Street Suite 200 Bethlehem, PA 18018 p. 484-898-1111 f. 484-898-1110 www.alliedbuildingcorp.com
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