Alvin H. Butz, Inc., The Pennsylvania State University - Berks Campus, and RMJM Hillier Receive Construction Management Association of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter Project of the Year Award
Allentown, PA, July 3, 2012 . . . Alvin H. Butz, Inc., The Pennsylvania State University - BerksCampus, and RMJM Hillier received Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter Project of the Year Award in the Higher Education Project Under $20 million category for the construction of the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building.
The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Alexander Building Construction Co., and Shoemaker Construction Co., have won 20 CMAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter and National awards in the last 15 years. Alexander Building Construction Co., also won a 2012 CMAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Project Achievement Award in the K-12 Construction Project over $20 million for the Phase I construction and renovation of two State College Area School District elementary schools.
The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) is North America’s only organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of professional Construction and Program Management. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of CMAA covers all of Pennsylvania east of Pittsburgh, Delaware, and Central and Southern New Jersey. The CMAA annual awards program presents awards in eleven categories with one winner chosen from each category. The selection of winners involves an extensive review process which analyzes how successfully a project was managed by the construction manager and the owner. The CMAA judges the specific ways a project is an example of the successful application of construction management principals and standards. It also judges how the specific needs of the project or owner were addressed by using construction management.
At more than 60,000 square feet, the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building is now the largest building on the Berks campus. The building includes nine classrooms, nine computer labs and fifty faculty offices to go along with an assortment of new, cutting-edge technologies. Substantial completion of the building occurred in October of 2011.
“It has always been our philosophy that the Construction Management method produces the best project results due to the collaboration of the entire team including the owner, architect, construction firm and subcontractors. It is gratifying to the entire team to see the results of this collaboration recognized with an award from CMAA, the organization that champions the CM method,” says Greg Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc.
Designed to complement the natural beauty and existing architecture of the campus, the Gaige Technology and Business Building is a three-story structure that offers both quantity and quality for the college’s three evolving academic initiatives housed in the building – The Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement, the Learning Factory and the Emerging Technologies and Business Intelligence Laboratory. The project received LEED® Gold certification.
Alvin H. Butz, Inc. worked in unison with Penn State and RMJM Hillier – the project architect – to guarantee that the building was built within budget and in a timely fashion.
“Collaboration is always a key ingredient to success,” says Butz. “Working in unison with Penn State and RMJM Hillier made this project much more manageable.”
ABOUT ALVIN H. BUTZ, INC. AND THE BUTZ FAMILY OF COMPANIES: The Butz Family of Companies, Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Shoemaker Construction Co. and Alexander Building Construction Co., provides exceptional, comprehensive construction management and design/build services, led by strong values and complete satisfaction with special attention to safety, quality and value. The firm possesses significant experience in the construction of healthcare facilities, colleges/universities, corporate office buildings, hi-tech manufacturing facilities, sports and entertainment venues, government buildings, K-12 schools and retail buildings serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey and northern Delaware.