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Forsyth County selected Frank L. Blum Construction Company as the design-builder for the new Paddison Memorial Library project. The approximately 20,000-square- foot library will be located on Harmon Lane in Kernersville, NC. Construction is set to begin this summer.

The team of Summit Healthcare, Design Strategies, and Frank L. Blum Construction Company has been selected to build the new Clemmons Ambulatory Surgery Center for Wake Forest Baptist Health and its partner, Surgical Care Affiliates in Clemmons, NC. The 12,500-square-foot facility is WFBH's first freestanding clinic in Clemmons. The single-story building will provide facilities for the fields of gynecology, orthopedics, plastics, urology, pain-related, and general surgeries. The Ground Breaking Ceremony was held on March 9th, and the projects is slated for completion in early 2018. 

 

Frank L. Blum Construction Company has been selected to renovate three residence halls on the Guilford College campus. Designed by Greensboro-based Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, renovations of Binford, Milner, and Bryan Halls, totaling 129,000 square feet, will occur in phases and will include updates to students' rooms, restrooms, hallways, stairways, laundry, and other support facilities. Mechanical systems, roofing, waterproofing, hardscape, and landscape issues will also be addressed. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017.

Blum has been selected by North Carolina State University for the Carmichael Addition and Renovation project. Carmichael Gym was built in 1961. This project will demolish and replace the original 47,000-square-foot east wing with a new 82,000-square-foot structure.  The project includes recreation, fitness, and specialized activity spaces, as well as classroom/ multipurpose spaces, offices, and a functional training area. Designed by a partnership of St. Louis, MO-based HOK and Chapel Hill-based Corley Redfoot Architects, the addition and renovation will create one controlled access point for the complex, make the second floor of the existing gymnasium building accessible, and update the sprinkler and alarm systems throughout the entire complex. Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2018.

 

 

On a crisp, sunny morning, many gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Boys' School project at Old Salem. Members and supporters of the Old Salem community, along with County dignitaries and Frank L. Blum Construction Company, kicked off the event by remembering the history of the structure that was built in 1794 to provide schooling for both boys and girls. The building, one of America's earliest existing structures, will be restored for use as an interpretive museum, providing a platform for the story of education in Old Salem in the 18th century.

The restoration, designed by Pennsylvania-based John Milner Architects, Inc., will include roofing, windows, interior updates, mechanical, electrical, and structural systems. In addition to the building restoration, the yard and a piazza will be reconstructed for outside activities and investigations, replicating facilities originally available to students at the Boys' School. The piazza will include outdoor classroom spaces, and a woodshed will also be reconstructed to include visitor restrooms and a basement mechanical room. The project is scheduled for completion in November.

Croasdaile Village in Durham, NC, is enjoying the Pavilion Dining Renovation and Expansion recently completed by Frank L. Blum Construction Company. Designed by the Charlotte office of SFCS, Inc., the 8,000-square-foot project included interior alterations and additions to the first and second floor kitchen and dining areas within the skilled nursing Pavilion building. Kitchen areas were completely redesigned to make the food preparation visible and engaging from the dining rooms, and resident kitchens were added on each floor to allow areas for residents and their families to prepare snacks and light meals. Overall, the alterations and additions to the dining areas provide larger, more accessible, and more inviting dining experiences for the residents.  

Frank L. Blum Construction Company completed renovations to the 6,900-square-foot Cow Barn at Reynolda Village.  Blum led the design efforts, partnering with Winston-Salem-based architect Steven M. Lloyd and Nick Lutzweiler of Lutzweiler Engineering. The barn has been refurbished to serve as an event space, with a portion of the barn being restored to its original 1916 Charles Barton Keen design. The space has been well received as a venue for weddings, receptions, meetings, and other similar events.

 

 

Frank L. Blum Construction Company recently completed a new residence hall on the campus of Wake Forest University.  Designed by Norfolk, VA-based Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, the new 76,000-square-foot, five-story residence hall will accommodate 224 students on four floors, and also house the offices of Residence Life and Housing on the basement level. In addition to these spaces, the building also offers study spaces, classrooms, kitchens, a media/game room, and a recreation lounge.   
The residence hall currently is occupied by sophomores, juniors, and seniors. However, beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, it is intended to house only first-year students. The building was recently named in honor of Maya Angelou, the late poet, author, civil rights activist, and professor. A long-time resident of Winston-Salem, Angelou taught at Wake Forest and served as the university's Reynolds Professor of American Studies from 1982 until her death in 2014.

 

 

Renovations and additions to Strickland Place at Fitzgerald Health Center in the Arbor Acres Retirement Community have updated the building that Blum constructed more than 30 years ago into a beautiful, enticing environment. The work was highly phased to minimize disruptions to residents and their families. The 94,000-square-foot project, designed by Winston-Salem-based Lambert Architecture + Interiors, included reconfiguring all the common areas to create more open spaces. Significant improvements to the public areas of the building make it more accommodating to residents and their families, and provide increased opportunities for interacting socially in an environment that engages all the senses. In addition to the many cosmetic changes, the renovation included upgrading the building's HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fire suppression systems, as well as revitalization of the exterior.

 

Givens Highland Farms' Meadowmont Phase II is underway in Black Mountain, NC. Designed by Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based RLPS Architects, the project involves construction of 24 residential units in three different layouts. The six duplex units and two six-plex units combine to equal 44,578 square feet in total. The project is slated for completion in early 2018. This project comes on the heels of Blum's recent completion of Meadowmont Phase I which consisted of 18 independent living units. 

Blum Construction has been selected as the Construction Manager for the new BB&T Leadership Institute Conference Center and Hotel located in Greensboro, NC. The 54,000-square-foot project, designed by Winston-Salem-based CJMW Architecture, is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2018. The project consists of a center spine housing the Institute's conference center, and is flanked on both sides with 3-stories of hotel rooms. Also included in the project is an elevated tree house that will hold up to 20 people. 

The Cone Health's Horse Pen Creek MOB was recently awarded to Frank L. Blum Construction Company. Developed by CIP Construction Company, and designed by TFF Architects, the approximately 13,000-square-foot primary care medical office building will house medical offices, waiting rooms, examination rooms, and other staff support areas.  It will also include specialty areas for radiology, sports medicine, ultrasounds, and behavioral health. Construction is anticipated to begin in March 2017 with final completion occurring by November 2017. 

Frank L. Blum Construction Company was selected for the new Parks Chevrolet dealership located in northwest Charlotte. The 42,644-square-foot building, designed by Charlotte-based ai Design Group, includes a showroom, an express lube facility, and a service center. The project also includes a 7,500-square-foot covered vehicle arrival area, and will include exterior finishes of ACM, EIFS, and glass. The expected completion date is set for early summer 2017.
Blum is currently working on the EcoLab Tower Expansion project, and the tower has already gone vertical. The ten-story tower designed by Technical Associates of Atlanta, Georgia, and Winston-Salem-based Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, will produce a pressed solids product for the company. An aspect of the project that we don't often encounter is obtaining approval from the FAA. This requirement was mandated because of the tower's height (+/108'), and its close proximity to the airport. The project is expected to be completed in May 2017. 

The Flammable Storage Facility Project for EcoLab is currently underway and slated for completion in April 2017. Designed by Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates of Greensboro, the 10,000-square-foot facility is required to be explosion-proof to house chemicals with a hazardous classification which are used in Ecolab's production facility.

The Carolyn and Maurice LeBauer City Park, a three-acre park in downtown Greensboro, has been completed. The highly anticipated park boasts a market square, performance space, food truck plaza, games plaza, fountain court, children's garden, arts plaza, a dog park, and the Carolyn LeBauer Gardens. The Price/Bryan Performance Place is highlighted by a one-of-a-kind billowing net sculpture designed by Massachusetts-based artist Janet Echelman. Echelman's sculpture, titled "Where We Met," is the largest outdoor art installation in the Southeast.

Blum Construction has partnered with T. A. Loving Company to construct the Dowdy Ficklen Stadium Press Box Renovation Project at East Carolina University. The project includes demolition of the existing press box, constructed in 1978, and construction of a new press box for the Pirates. The new press box will provide state-of-the-art technology and will accommodate all personnel for game day events, inclusive of suite and lounge areas with a variety of seating options for fans, donors, and alumni. Renovations to the student athlete academic support areas and training/locker spaces, along with 512 tailgating spaces, will be included in the project. Demolition is expected to begin in 2017 with a construction completion date
set for 2018.

 

Frank L. Blum Construction Company recently completed the expansion phase for the Ruff Housing Witt Street facility. The dog daycare and lodging facility more than doubled their original space. Blum renovated the warehouse space adjacent to the original facility to house new indoor and outdoor play areas, overnight accommodations, and many more amenities. Ruff Housing is now in the midst of partnering with Blum and Greensboro-based Smith Architecture, PA on Phase II, which involves renovating the existing facility in the spring of 2017.

Frank L. Blum Construction Company completed Phase II of the Kitchin Hall Renovation project for Wake Forest University in August, putting the final exterior touches on the 277 bed facility. The 66,830-square-foot, four-story building was constructed in 1953 as part of the original campus. Although various modifications have taken place over the years, the building had never undergone a major renovation. The project scope included replacing the existing HVAC systems, plumbing, data cabling, and the majority of the electrical systems. Exterior improvements included window and door replacement, exterior handrails to meet current code, roof repair, downspout repair and replacement, building waterproofing, soffit and fascia repair and replacement, painting of exterior surfaces, and removal of elements not in keeping with the building's original exterior. Interior improvements included some student room reconfiguration, bathroom replacement, ADA improvements including a new elevator, and student common area improvements. The project, designed by Norfolk, Virginia-based Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, was performed in two phases over the summers of 2015 and 2016.

Frank L. Blum Construction Company recently completed Phase 1 of the Poteat and Huffman Halls Maintenance and Repair Project for Wake Forest University. Refurbishment of both buildings was finalized in August, before the fall semester began. The project, designed by Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company of Norfolk, VA, includes renovation of approximately 71,000 square feet, which will be performed in two phases around the academic calendar. Phase II is expected begin in May of 2017 and reach final completion in August 2017. 

 

Frank L. Blum Construction Company has been selected as the Construction Manager at Risk on State Construction Projects for the University of North Carolina at Asheville and East Carolina University. The expected date of design completion for the Student Housing project in Asheville is June of 2017, and the Greene Residence Hall project in Greenville design completion is slated for this November. Once the Preconstruction Services are complete, the next step for these projects will be the Construction Phases.

      

Frank L. Blum Construction Company recently completed the expansion of the Greensboro offices of Kay Chemical Company, a subsidiary of Ecolab. Designed by Greensboro-based Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, the project consists of a new 37,500-square-foot office building addition. The expansion will help the company capitalize on demand from the quick-service restaurant industry and Ecolab's growing retail food services division, which focus on supplying products to grocery stores and supermarkets. The other two phases include renovations to 37,000 square feet of existing office space, expansion of the current parking facilities, and new entrance drives for trucks and employees, all of which are scheduled to be completed in late 2016.




In support of the Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk, Blum is hosting a tour of the Forsyth County Central Library, which will be renamed Central on Fifth, and is currently under construction. The tour promotes "Building Healthy Hearts & Healthy Minds" and will be held on September 20th from 4:00-6:30pm. It's open to everyone, and there will be games and activities as well. We hope to see you and your family at the tour. We will have authentic, red hard hats available for a minimum donation of $20. All proceeds go to the American Heart Association. You may get your hard hat early by contacting Cindi Dillard at cdillard@flblum.com.

 

Our Safety Manager, John Gardner, accepted the 2015 Silver Safety Award from the N.C. Department of Labor. Commissioner Cherie Berry presented the award to Blum in recognition of outstanding safety and health efforts, and promotion of safer working conditions. Our success is a result of our continued commitment to a safe workplace.

The Salem Academy and College Tennis Courts Renovation, designed by Winston-Salem based Stimmel Associates, PA, was recently completed by Blum Construction. The project employed an underdrain system and asphalt overlay to manage sub-surface water in preparation of the final acrylic court surfacing. The facility was recently completed and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 23rd.

 

The new tennis facility was dedicated to Salem College professor Norbert F. "Bert" Lain for his lifelong support of women's education, including physical education that takes place on athletic courts and fields. Salem Academy Director of Athletics Lorie Howard said, "A premier tennis facility will attract premier student athletes." Apparently, she is on point because, for the last two years, every member of the Academy's varsity tennis team has been named to the Triad Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference list, maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Blum was recognized as one of "The Best Places to Work in The Triad" by the Triad Business Journal a few weeks ago. Winners were determined by national research firm Quantum Workplace, and based on employee responses to a survey gauging factors ranging from workplace engagement to executive commitment. The 17 finalists were honored at an Awards Banquet in Greensboro.

On August 21st, the 14,000-square-foot AFAS Center for the Arts' building reached its highest point and was celebrated with a traditional "Topping-Out" ceremony. The ART for ART's Sake staff, along with the construction and design teams, were joined by members of the community to celebrate the placing of the final beam on the new 3-story building. Guests were invited to sign the steel beam and observe its placement as it was hoisted by crane to its new home atop the new building. The completed building, designed by STITCH Design Shop, along with the adjoining ARTivity on the Green art park, also operated by AFAS, will change the face of Liberty and Seventh Streets and be a huge asset to the community. The building is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017. 

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