Carolina-based Balfour Beatty moving headquarters to Charlotte
Posted on 15 Jul 2010 by Justin Ruckman
From the press release:
“Balfour Beatty Construction, North Carolina’s largest construction manager, announced today it is moving its Carolinas Division headquarters to The Design Center of the Carolinas at 1930 Camden Rd. in Charlotte’s Historic South End.
The move optimizes the integration of Balfour Beatty Construction and its Charlotte-based subsidiary RT Dooley, which was acquired in February 2009. The Design Center will be home to the consolidated operations of Balfour Beatty Construction and RT Dooley that are currently housed in separate locations.
“This is an important milestone that will enable us to even more effectively bring our combined capabilities and talent to bear on behalf of our clients,” said John Woodcock, president of Balfour Beatty Construction’s Carolinas Division. “We are excited by the prospect of being in South End, which has been an important part of Charlotte’s economy in the past and has an even more promising future.”
“We are pleased to welcome Balfour Beatty to Historic South End and believe the decision of this global business to locate in the district is a strong indicator of the vibrant business climate that has matured in South End,” said Michael J. Smith, president and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “This is the beginning of a new chapter for South End as it continues its transformation from the city’s warehouse district to a design and entrepreneurial district and now becoming a major employment center.”
Balfour Beatty will become the largest office user in the historic district, occupying nearly 30,000 square feet in the Design Center, which comprises three buildings featuring historic brick, expansive windows, and vintage architectural detail. Balfour Beatty chose the Historic South End location for several reasons, including the adaptive reuse of a historic site, easy access to Charlotte’s Center City via the Lynx Light Rail Blue Line, the convenience of the location for Balfour Beatty clients and other business partners, and the wide range of nearby amenities.
“Being located in Charlotte’s center city fulfills Balfour Beatty’s priority to provide additional service and convenience for our corporate, professional services and public sector clients and enhances our ongoing community engagement focus,” Woodcock said.
“The Design Center is a unique work environment of forward-thinking businesses in an historic and architecturally compelling community that inspires people to do their best,” said Ivy Greaner, chief operating officer of Ram, owner of the Design Center. “We are delighted that Balfour Beatty has selected it as their Charlotte headquarters. We believe that one of the strengths of the Design Center is in what it adds to the quality of life for those who work here.”
About 90 Balfour Beatty and RT Dooley employees will relocate to the new headquarters after the interior upfit of the space is completed.
Balfour Beatty entered the North Carolina market via acquisition of the commercial construction division of Centex, which began its Charlotte operations in 2001. The acquisition of Charlotte-based RT Dooley in February 2009 created the ability for Balfour Beatty Construction to deliver integrated facilities, interiors and mission critical solutions to its clients.”