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Handicap Elevator

  • June 1st, 2016

The new Handicap Elevator was one of the most unique projects ever performed by B. E. Beecroft Co., Inc.  As a functioning warship, the USS Lexington had a crew of able bodied seamen with no need for elevators to transit from one level to the next; they simply used ship’s ladders.  As a museum ship, dedicated to preserving the history of the United States Navy and Naval Aviation, an elevator from the hangar deck to the flight deck was essential.  Without it, visitors of limited mobility could not visit the flight deck where most of the collection of naval aircraft is displayed.  In order to preserve the historic appearance of the ship, it was decided to place the elevator in the smokestack.  This created tremendous structural challenges since a traditional elevator shaft could not be built.

 

The USS Lexington CV 16 served with distinction from 1943 until 1991.  Every day, the ship is visited by veterans and their families.  Many of these veterans served aboard The Lex, or The Blue Ghost as she was known during WW II.  We are proud to have played a small part in providing these men and women the opportunity to visit the flight deck of the oldest remaining aircraft carrier in the world.

 

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Flint Hills Resources East Plant Administration Building II

  • June 1st, 2016

The new East Plant Admin II building for Flint Hills Resources is a Pre-Engineered Metal Building structure designed for minimal initial cost, but clad with more durable finish materials than a standard PEMB structure.  Office interiors are conventional, with multiple individual offices and common break, toilet, and storage rooms.

 

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Architect:  JEC Architects

voestalpine Texas Administration Building

  • June 1st, 2016

The new A10 Administration Building for voestalpine Texas, LLC is the headquarters office facility for this Austrian steel company in South Texas, and the first occupied building to be completed on the site of their new $800 million investment in San Patricio County.  As an expression of their corporate culture of quality steel production, this Design-Build project  utilizes steel in humble, yet sophisticated ways.  Exposed interior castellated beams, rib lath ceilings, and unfinished interior metal studs create a vibrant and unusual interior; simple material selections, yet challenging to execute with precision.  Pre-planning, exact layout, superior craftsmanship, and innovative technique enabled B. E. Beecroft Co., Inc. to successfully complete the building within the allotted schedule.

 

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Architect:  Richter Architects

Buckeye Partners Administration and Control Building

  • June 1st, 2016

Designed for the Geneva based Trafigura, the Administration and Control buildings consisted of two structures located at a new industrial mid-stream facility.  While some industrial companies would have been satisfied with a low-cost pre-engineered metal building, with standard interior finishes, EF90 LLC chose a more permanent, investment grade approach.  The result is a highly durable, modern environment, utilizing natural light and taking maximum advantage of views of the nearby lake and wetlands.  Double glazed interior partitions, low horizon modular furniture, and passive lighting give the Owner a powerful recruiting tool in the competition for the best employees.  The project is now owned and operated by Buckeye Partners, LLC.

 

 

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Del Mar St. Clair Science Building

  • March 26th, 2014

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The St. Clair Science Building was completely renovated in 2008 to include the Collegiate High School and the Student Success Center.  Interior finishes were replaced throughout, a new interior atrium was added, new elevators, and new skylights were installed.  Teaching labs and lecture halls were upgraded, and energy efficient features such as exterior sun shades were incorporated.

Architect:  Solka Nava Torno Architects

Del Mar Garcia Science Building

  • March 26th, 2014

The Garcia Science Building included an expansion to almost double the size of the original building, and renovations to the existing interiors.  A complete HVAC system upgrade was performed, including state-of-the-art controls to accommodate multiple fume hoods within the building.  The new building supports Del Mar Colleges’ Natural Sciences facilities.


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Architect:  Richter Architects

Regional Operations Center – BBVA Compass

  • March 13th, 2014

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The conversion of this former industrial warehouse to a state-of-the-art operations center for BBVA Compass Bank required close cooperation with the design team.  The schedule dictated that demolition and renovations commence prior to design completion.  Constructed in less than five months, the project included a data center with redundant mechanical/electrical services, training facility, call center, break rooms, and office space.

Architect:  GENSLER

Del Mar Fine Arts Addition

  • March 13th, 2014

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The expansion to the Fine Arts Building on the Del Mar College East Campus included a new performing arts theater, rehearsal rooms, shop spaces, film lab, classrooms, faculty offices, and storage spaces.  Designed by Richter Architects to be a landmark feature of the East Campus, the addition also blends seamlessly into the existing classroom/gallery building.  Joint Venture with Bartlett Cocke, LP.

Architect:  Richter Architects

Colston Rehabilitation Center

  • March 13th, 2014

The Colston Family Physical Rehabilitation & Wellness Center, located at Christus Spohn Kleberg in Kingsville, TX, includes a state-of-the-art “Technogym” and an aquatic therapy area.  This 18,000 SF building includes spacious clinical areas for Pediatric Rehabilitation, Nutritional Consulting, Work Programming, Speech Therapy, and Fitness.

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Architect:  Solka Nava Torno Architects

Dan A. Hughes Family Hybrid Suite

  • March 13th, 2014

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This 8,000 SF cast-in-place concrete addition to an existing hospital building was a demanding, complex, and delicate project.  The location is directly above the existing Operating Rooms, directly adjacent to the Cardiac Cath Labs, across a hallway from the ICU, and steps away from the heliport.  In addition to the Hybrid Suite construction, the adjacent buildings were re-roofed, and the main AHU serving the OR area was replaced.  The project was fast-tracked and completed in less than 6 months.

Architect:  WHR Architects

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