Joint Venture Awarded $90M Contract with HISD; Rigid Breaks Ground on New Manufacturing Facility

B3Ci, a joint venture comprised of Balfour Beatty Construction and 3Ci, have been awarded by the Houston Independent School District (HISD) a construction services contract valued at $90 million, as part of the 2012 HISD Bond Program.

By Amalia Otet, Associate Editor

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) has awarded B3Ci, a joint venture comprising Balfour Beatty Construction and 3Ci, a construction services contract valued at $90 million as part of its 2012 bond program.

The joint venture will assume construction responsibilities for three local campuses, including a new two-story classroom wing at Worthing High School in south Houston; construction of a new Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice High School on a new site; and a new North Forest High School in north Houston.

B3Ci is collaborating with Molina Walker Architects to remodel Worthing High School and transform it into a 21st century campus. Construction is currently underway on a new classroom wing for the campus that will be able to accommodate as many as 1,300 students, with completion slated for 2014. The two-story outfit will house a clinic and community center, career and technical classrooms, and art labs.

Planning on the new Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice High School has already begun, with construction expected to start in the summer of 2014. Designed by international architecture and engineering firm PageSoutherlandPage, the building will accommodate 1,100 students in roughly 150,000 square feet of technical classrooms. Funding for the project was secured through the sale of the school’s previous location on Shepherd Drive.

PageSoutherlandPage will also provide design services for the North Forest High School, which will hold as many as 1,500 students in approximately 200,000 square feet of space. The project is expected to break ground in the spring of 2014.

In addition to delivering superior education construction projects, the B3Ci partnership strives to offer broader opportunities for Minority/Women Business Enterprises (MWBE). As construction manager for these three local developments, B3Ci guarantees to exceed HISD’s MWBE goal of 40 percent participation at each campus. Team members from each organization will be participating at high levels of project management and other roles throughout construction, Balfour Beatty said in a statement.

In other news, Rigid Global Buildings, an industry-leading manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings and metal building components, broke ground on a new structural steel manufacturing facility in North Houston.

With this move, Rigid expects to expand and launch its business into the heavy construction market, providing structural steel for larger projects such as multi-story office buildings, hospitals, stadiums and other commercial ventures.

The new building will feature 126,000 square feet of space and is expected to generate more than 200 jobs over the next five years.

Rendering of Worthing High School via Balfour Beatty