EEB Hub chooses Balfour Beatty for integrated construction management services

Projects like the Empire State Building retrofit also demonstrate that energy efficient upgrades can lower energy costs and consumption.

A team of Balfour Beatty companies was selected by Pennsylvania State University to provide integrated construction management services for a project at the newly renamed U.S. Department of Innovation effort at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

According to a release from the construction company, the Innovation Hub for Energy-Efficient Buildings (EEB Hub) will require the services of Balfour Beatty for the construction of the $30 million project of retrofitting Building 661 at the Navy Yard.

The team that is undertaking the 661 retrofit project consists of various EEB Hub representatives, including Penn State, Kieran Timberlake, Balfour Beatty and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, which has control over the 1,2000-acre Navy Yard.

The team was formed by leaders for the project who conceptualized the construction of the building, and its members will work to fully renovate the existing structure to serve as a regional demonstration of integrated building design methods. This property will help to showcase how such a transformation can lead to deep, reliable cuts in energy use.

"We are proud to be part of this innovative project that will help define the future of energy efficient buildings," said Bevan Mace, integrated projects executive for Balfour Beatty Construction. "Innovation and integration are critical in our project teams as we collectively work to change our industry for the better."

Building 661 is the 32,000-square-foot headquarters for the EEB Hub, and there will be a variety of functions that the facility will house. Collaborative work areas, meeting and conference spaces, classrooms and laboratory spaces will be housed in the building, which was initially built as a gymnasium during the early 1940s. 

According to the release, the EEB Hub received funding for the project in order to reduce energy use in the commercial buildings sector by 20 percent by 2020. They hope to accomplish this goal through demonstrating the effectiveness of such retrofits like Building 661.

Projects like the Empire State Building retrofit also demonstrate that energy efficient upgrades can lower energy costs and consumption. CNN Money reported that the iconic structure cut its energy use by 20 percent after the initial phase of retrofitting.

"After one year, we have proven that investing in energy efficiency gives building owners a dollars-and-cents advantage," said Dave Myers, a president at Johnson Controls, which conducted the retrofit.