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Construction at the BB&T Leadership Institute is progressing rapidly with many completions on the tree house, guest wings, and parking lot. The exterior has been installed on the tree house and tile has been completed in the guest wings. The main parking lot area has also been finished this month. Blum Crews continue to focus on finish work, final inspections, and permanent utilities.
As the project approaches completion, scheduling remains a top priority. The Blum Project Team continues to host site progress meetings every week with the subcontractors to ensure the project remains on schedule. Additionally, the team gathers for a 4:00 p.m. daily huddle to go over outstanding items, facilitate the timely procurement of necessary materials, and tie up any loose ends. “Staying on top of procurement has been the biggest lesson I have learned on this job,” said Gabby Fraizer, Blum project engineer. “This is a very important process considering how fast the job is moving. We have been successful with scheduling and material delivery due to daily meetings.”
In addition to staying on schedule, Blum Construction prides itself on implementing a strong safety culture in the workplace. Blum’s goal is to ensure safety is uncompromised for the project team, subcontractors, neighbors, and any visitors on the site. Construction is taking place on a tight site, so there are several aspects of this project that require attention to detail and careful scheduling to ensure the safety of all involved. The Blum Team has worked on-site seven days a week so blasting the rock to install the retaining wall around the large pond can occur late in the day and on weekends. Minimizing disruptions to the nearby school, BB&T offices, and the surrounding areas has been a major consideration. Additionally, all the surrounding areas, including the parking lot, are secured during this process to maximize safety. The Blum Team is looking forward to finalizing the large pond area, installing the remaining roadway, and getting final inspections in the next 30 days.
Construction is underway at Carolina Village for the Lakeside Apartments and Clear Creek Cottages project. Ninety total units will include 13 cottages, a combination of duplexes and six-plexes, and a 4-story apartment building. These units will be an integral part of Carolina Village’s retirement community and will house independent living residents. With a current waiting list of hundreds, this project will allow Carolina Village to open their doors to more members so they can better serve their community.
Construction will take place on an occupied campus, which means this project will involve constant collaboration between the Blum project team and Carolina Village owners and staff. Blum’s goal is to ensure safety is uncompromised for both on-site workers and surrounding off-site residents, as well as minimize interruptions into the daily lives of residents. This will require the Blum project team to plan, plan, and plan
As mentioned, construction is taking place on an occupied campus, so there are several aspects of this project that will require attention to detail and careful scheduling. Any interruptions to the daily routine of Carolina Village will need to be coordinated well in advance to avoid conflict. The main road into campus must be clear at all times to accommodate emergency vehicles. If the road needed to be closed for any reason, it would be imperative to establish an alternate route ahead of time. Secondly, the layout of the site, with the apartment building and cottage sites on two different sides of campus, requires two separate site logistics plans and project-specific safety programs. Other site logistics such as the apartment building’s proximity to the pond will also require careful coordination.
The Superintendents on the job, Danny Ramsey and Garrett Baldwin, bring a high level of knowledge and experience to this project and partnership with Carolina Village. Danny has worked in similar conditions on the Penick Village Apartment project in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The Blum project team is excited to begin work in Henderson County and grow relationships with the client and community.
These new dwelling units will allow Carolina Village to open their doors to new residents, ultimately enriching the social atmosphere and allowing group activities and clubs to grow throughout campus. Blum is proud to support the belief that “Residents are the heart, the soul, and the reason Carolina Village exists.”
The Village at Brookwood, located in Burlington, NC, North Carolina, selected Frank L. Blum Construction Company for the Independent Living Clubhouse Village Square Interior Renovation project. A 550-square-foot addition will expand the 32,300 square feet to be updated in the designs created by Winston-Salem-based CJMW Architecture. Unique project elements include converting the Private Dining/Tavern area to a new Pub/Bistro and enclosing the roofed patio area. Other areas receiving updates include the Club Room, Village Shoppe, Reception area, lobby, restrooms, and mailroom. The project is slated for completion in the summer of 2018.
Frank L. Blum Construction Company is hard at work on the University of North Carolina at Asheville's first apartment-style housing project where Blum Crews began demolition and grading in the spring. The 5.3-acre site is amid a hilly terrain, which requires a complex network of retaining walls. Designed by Norfolk, VA-based Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, each of the five buildings will be approximately 20,000 square feet and include apartments designed to house four, five or six students. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018, increasing campus housing by approximately 300 beds.
Salemtowne Retirement Community recently cut the ribbon on its new Babcock Health Care Center that's been more than three years in the making. Frank L. Blum Construction Company completed the 127,000-square-foot center, designed by Winston-Salem-based CJMW Architecture. The facility is divided into six 20-room households with 60 long-term, skilled-nursing beds, 40 short-term rehab beds and 20 assisted living memory-care beds. Each 20-bed wing of the new healthcare facility features its own common area for the exclusive use of that wing. Research has shown this model to be more beneficial to and greatly enhances the quality of life of residents. It allows them the freedom to go as they please within the community while receiving the assistance they need, rather than providing a highly regimented retirement community environment.
The facility boasts private rooms, wide hallways, common dining, kitchen and living room settings, large therapy and recreation centers, ample natural lighting, and even cook-to-order hot meals.The library is a common area available to all residents and boasts high ceilings and natural light.
Blum Construction recently completed refurbishments to both Poteat and Huffman Halls on the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University. The project, designed by Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas Architecture + Company of Norfolk, VA, included refurbishment and repair of approximately 71,000 square feet. Work was completed in two phases around the academic calendar to reach final completion in August 2017.
Frank L. Blum Construction Company has been awarded the project for the new Carolina Village Clear Creek Cottages and Lakeside Apartments located on the campus of Carolina Village in Hendersonville, NC. Designed by Lancaster, PA-based RLPS Architects, the 174,871-square-foot enhancements will include both apartment and cottage-style housing. Construction is set to begin at the end of 2018.
Frank L. Blum Construction Company recently completed the 88,000-square-foot, 80-room renovation and expansion of The Presbyterian Homes' Glenaire Healthcare Center in Cary, NC. The project, designed by Winston-Salem-based CJMW Architecture, makes the facility one of the first retirement communities in North Carolina to offer household accommodations similar to those of a private home. Instead of the traditional healthcare layout, with rooms located along long corridors with central baths, Glenaire's households separate the residents' rooms from the main corridors and entryways. Each household includes 20 rooms and an upgraded kitchen and dining area. The updates create spaces that provide more flexible dining options for residents in each household, and a refreshed common area in each household creates a comfortable living room environment. In addition to the household updates, the assisted living wing and main dining area have been updated and the physical therapy area expanded.
Frank L. Blum Construction Company recently completed the Baseball Clubhouse at Wake Forest University. Designed by Winston-Salem-based Walter Robbs Architects, the transformation of the David F. Couch Ballpark has made it one of the best in the nation. Existing bleachers and buildings along the third baseline have been replaced, and the facility now features new dugouts, concessions, and restrooms. Inside the clubhouse itself, the updated locker rooms are the grand slam, but the baseball wall of fame, equipment area, player lounge, and health area are home runs too. These new amenities seem to have laid the groundwork for a run at Omaha, the home of the College World Series. With the team making its deepest playoff run in over a decade, the road to Omaha definitely passed through Winston-Salem this year. The new facility is touted as one of the best in the country.
Frank L. Blum Construction Company recently completed Phase 1 of Givens Highland Farms' Meadowmont project in Black Mountain, NC. Designed by Lancaster, PA-based RLPS Architects, this phase of the project included eighteen independent living homes, arranged in five duplex and two quadplex buildings. Phase 2 includes 22 independent living homes and is now underway. This phase is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2018.
Wake Forest University recently selected Frank L. Blum Construction Company to renovate Davis Residence Hall on their Reynolda Campus. Constructed in 1953, Davis Hall is located on Hearn Plaza, a historic quad at the center of the Wake Forest University campus, and was constructed in 1953. The renovation designed by Virginia-Based Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, the renovation will include approximately 70,729 square feet on four occupied levels with a mechanical basement. Student rooms are located on all four levels, and are accessed by open exterior balcony walkways on three sides of a central courtyard, which connects to four open stairs in each corner. The renovation will house 293 students and RA's in a variety of suite style units ranging from five to nine students in traditional single and double occupancy bedrooms. The project will be completed in two phases over the summers of 2017 and 2018.
The new NoTra Building, designed by Winston-Salem based STITCH Design Shop, was recently completed by Frank L. Blum Construction Company. The 7,600-square-foot building is an addition to the existing building occupied by the Famous Toastery Restaurant. Located on North Trade Street, the three story structure includes leasable spaces on the first and second floors, and residential space with rooftop access on the third floor.
Frank L. Blum Construction Company recently completed the new three-story headquarters of the ART For ART's Sake (AFAS) organization in downtown Winston-Salem. Designed by STITCH Design Shop, the 14,000-square-foot building and adjoining ARTivity on the Green art park have changed the face of Liberty Street. The building is the first in North Carolina to be clad with polycarbonate wall panels, allowing the structure to glow at night. The AFAS boardroom on the second floor affords a lovely view of the downtown, and the building also houses leasable artist studio space, the office of STITCH Design Shop, two art galleries, and the new home of the Unleashed Arts Center. The ART For ART's Sake staff, along with the construction and design teams, were joined by members of the community to celebrate the opening and appreciate the huge asset creative opportunities the space brings to the community.
Forsyth County selected Frank L. Blum Construction Company as the design-builder for the new Paddison Memorial Library project. The approximately 20,000-square- foot library will be located on Harmon Lane in Kernersville, NC. Construction is set to begin this summer.
The team of Summit Healthcare, Design Strategies, and Frank L. Blum Construction Company has been selected to build the new Clemmons Ambulatory Surgery Center for Wake Forest Baptist Health and its partner, Surgical Care Affiliates in Clemmons, NC. The 12,500-square-foot facility is WFBH's first freestanding clinic in Clemmons. The single-story building will provide facilities for the fields of gynecology, orthopedics, plastics, urology, pain-related, and general surgeries. The Ground Breaking Ceremony was held on March 9th, and the projects is slated for completion in early 2018.
Frank L. Blum Construction Company has been selected to renovate three residence halls on the Guilford College campus. Designed by Greensboro-based Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, renovations of Binford, Milner, and Bryan Halls, totaling 129,000 square feet, will occur in phases and will include updates to students' rooms, restrooms, hallways, stairways, laundry, and other support facilities. Mechanical systems, roofing, waterproofing, hardscape, and landscape issues will also be addressed. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017.
Blum has been selected by North Carolina State University for the Carmichael Addition and Renovation project. Carmichael Gym was built in 1961. This project will demolish and replace the original 47,000-square-foot east wing with a new 82,000-square-foot structure. The project includes recreation, fitness, and specialized activity spaces, as well as classroom/ multipurpose spaces, offices, and a functional training area. Designed by a partnership of St. Louis, MO-based HOK and Chapel Hill-based Corley Redfoot Architects, the addition and renovation will create one controlled access point for the complex, make the second floor of the existing gymnasium building accessible, and update the sprinkler and alarm systems throughout the entire complex. Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2018.
On a crisp, sunny morning, many gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Boys' School project at Old Salem. Members and supporters of the Old Salem community, along with County dignitaries and Frank L. Blum Construction Company, kicked off the event by remembering the history of the structure that was built in 1794 to provide schooling for both boys and girls. The building, one of America's earliest existing structures, will be restored for use as an interpretive museum, providing a platform for the story of education in Old Salem in the 18th century.
The restoration, designed by Pennsylvania-based John Milner Architects, Inc., will include roofing, windows, interior updates, mechanical, electrical, and structural systems. In addition to the building restoration, the yard and a piazza will be reconstructed for outside activities and investigations, replicating facilities originally available to students at the Boys' School. The piazza will include outdoor classroom spaces, and a woodshed will also be reconstructed to include visitor restrooms and a basement mechanical room. The project is scheduled for completion in November.
Croasdaile Village in Durham, NC, is enjoying the Pavilion Dining Renovation and Expansion recently completed by Frank L. Blum Construction Company. Designed by the Charlotte office of SFCS, Inc., the 8,000-square-foot project included interior alterations and additions to the first and second floor kitchen and dining areas within the skilled nursing Pavilion building. Kitchen areas were completely redesigned to make the food preparation visible and engaging from the dining rooms, and resident kitchens were added on each floor to allow areas for residents and their families to prepare snacks and light meals. Overall, the alterations and additions to the dining areas provide larger, more accessible, and more inviting dining experiences for the residents.
Frank L. Blum Construction Company completed renovations to the 6,900-square-foot Cow Barn at Reynolda Village. Blum led the design efforts, partnering with Winston-Salem-based architect Steven M. Lloyd and Nick Lutzweiler of Lutzweiler Engineering. The barn has been refurbished to serve as an event space, with a portion of the barn being restored to its original 1916 Charles Barton Keen design. The space has been well received as a venue for weddings, receptions, meetings, and other similar events.
Frank L. Blum Construction Company recently completed a new residence hall on the campus of Wake Forest University. Designed by Norfolk, VA-based Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, the new 76,000-square-foot, five-story residence hall will accommodate 224 students on four floors, and also house the offices of Residence Life and Housing on the basement level. In addition to these spaces, the building also offers study spaces, classrooms, kitchens, a media/game room, and a recreation lounge.
The residence hall currently is occupied by sophomores, juniors, and seniors. However, beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, it is intended to house only first-year students. The building was recently named in honor of Maya Angelou, the late poet, author, civil rights activist, and professor. A long-time resident of Winston-Salem, Angelou taught at Wake Forest and served as the university's Reynolds Professor of American Studies from 1982 until her death in 2014.
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