Bellows W. S. B e l lows C o n s t ru c t i o n C o r p o r at i o n
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In This Issue Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center Bayou Bend, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Ima Hogg had a dream that the original lot site she purchased would eventually house a separate visitor center.
Medical Center Renovation Team Soon after the Texas Medical Center was officially chartered in 1946, W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation began working on its first project.
Employee Spotlight A 38-year veteran of W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation, Rick Mikeska is the General Superintendent for the Medical Center Renovation Team (MCRT).
in P rogress The Asia Society Texas Center is a multi-use facility that will provide for the exploration and celebration of Asian cultures, politics, communities, traditions, food and arts.
Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend
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Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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Eco-Friendly Building At Bellows, we know that smart resource management is critical to the success of our business. We strive to deliver quality projects while maintaining an affinity with the environment. Bellows promotes and researches eco-friendly options for our jobsites as well as implementing some of these options at our main office. With 38% of our project managers and engineers being LEED®-accredited, we understand green construction standards, technologies and methods and can assist clients in meeting LEED goals in the most cost-effective ways. Properly educated contractors can influence between 30-50% of a project’s LEED points, and can identify ways to offset expenses with savings in order to develop economical, sustainable opportunities. This spring, we completed the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend which is the first LEED-certified (Silver) museum in Houston. Our LEED-accredited project manager was part of the team that discovered multiple economically feasible LEED credits that elevated the project to LEED Silver certification. Bellows has formed a construction waste management program that challenges jobsites to recycle construction waste. We work with waste management vendors who provide monthly documentation of materials and waste being recycled at participating jobsites.
Green building principles make good business sense
Bellows also recently completed interior renovations to One Shell Plaza for Baker Botts to maintain its current LEED O&M certification. Current projects aspiring to LEED certification include those at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and St. Michael’s Catholic School. Laura Bellows, Chairman of the Board
Serving the Medical Center Great cities share common features: powerful economies; world class museums; cultural facilities for the arts, music and entertainment; great universities; and fine medical facilities. Bellows is fortunate to have created many of the facilities that allow this great city to prosper.
The Texas Medical Center is the largest concentration of medical facilities in the world. Forty nine member institutions with exceptional facilities host over 160,000 visitors daily, many coming from across the globe. The Texas Medical Center is over 1,000 acres and 140 buildings in 40 million square feet of built environment supporting nearly 100,000 employees; 21,000 physicians, scientists and researchers; over 70,000 students; and delivers nearly 20,000 babies a year. Home of six hospitals ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 America’s Best Hospitals list, the Texas Medical Center would rank in the top 10 largest business districts in the United States based on built environment square footage. The Mid and South campus planning will allow the Texas Medical Center to continue to grow in order to lead the world in healthcare, research and education for years to come. Soon after the Texas Medical Center was chartered in 1946, Bellows began its first project in the newly formed medical complex. Bellows has performed numerous projects since then for numerous institutions, and Bellows remains focused on the future of the Texas Medical Center with our Medical Center Renovation Team (MCRT) office located in the heart of the Mid campus at 1018 St. Agnes.
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Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ima Hogg had a dream that the original site she purchased would eventually house a separate visitor center. Her dream is now a reality. On September 25, 2010, the new Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend opened to the public. The new 18,000-square-foot sleek and modern visitor center for the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens was designed by renowned Houston architect Leslie Elkins and constructed by W. S. Bellows
Construction Corporation. It rests on two acres that link Memorial Drive to the City Parks and Recreation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ima Hogg Bird Sanctuary providing easier access and serves as a centralized starting point to get to Bayou Bend.
shop and a study center. Another key component of the Kilroy Center is a public research library housing 6,000 volumes dedicated to American art, culture, history and gardening, including auction catalogs and rare books.
The $7.3 million environmentallyfriendly building houses an orientation gallery, an exhibition space dedicated to the Hogg family philanthropies and cultural involvement, two classrooms, two meeting rooms, a book and gift
The new building also houses administrative offices formerly located in the Hogg mansion. As a result, rooms at Bayou Bend that have not been publicly accessible for years can now be used by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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The entire project team worked collaboratively to achieve LEED®Silver certification to display new acquisitions and exhibits.
parties to ensure LEED certification compliance.”
The multi-functional Kilroy Center also includes an education garden. Together with the adjoining Hogg Bird Sanctuary, the garden and grounds create an 18-acre urban park between Buffalo Bayou and Memorial Drive.
Before construction commenced, Bellows proactively met with the client and project team to fully understand and establish desired goals for obtaining LEED status.
According to Project Manager Wes Hildebrand, “Bellows was not assigned to the LEED administrator role but we actively managed all
The opportunity to achieve a higher certification level with minimal effort was revealed when the Bellows team procured all LEED information and submittals early in the project. The entire project team worked collaboratively to achieve LEED Silver certification for the Kilroy Center. It is the only LEED Silver Museum in Houston and the second in Texas.
The Kilroy Center earned LEED Silver Certification. Among its features : • Bellows recycled nearly 4,500 cubic yards of waste. • Gravelpave2
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Medical Center Renovation Team Soon after the Texas Medical Center was officially chartered in 1946, W. S. Bellows Construction began working on its first project. Bellows has maintained a presence at the Texas Medical Center for over 50 years, completing projects as complicated as MRI installations and as straightforward as relocation of walls. We understand the sensitive nature of the healthcare business and make the comfort of the enduser a top priority. Healthcare is a 24-hour business, and in order to serve our clients in a time-sensitive manner, we created the Bellows Medical Center Renovation Team (MCRT) located in the heart of Mid campus. Given our 50 plus-year history of completing healthcare and research renovation projects in the Texas Medical Center, we felt that the community deserved a stand-alone office dedicated to satisfying this very unique and particular need. We wanted to
establish a base of operations located within minutes of all of the major institutions in the area, and we did so at 1018 St. Agnes Street. Having this office in the Texas Medical Center allows us to bring not only our field supervision, but also our management and operations to the projects. Since the MCRT opened its doors in January 2009, we have completed 40 projects including: Rice University’s Sewall Hall Renovation, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System’s 4th Floor Pharmacy Renovation, Texas Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center and the Baylor College of Medicine’s 9th Floor DeBakey Lab Renovation.
We continue to cultivate and grow our experience by bringing in new talent and harnessing the knowledge of our seasoned team members. We have endeavored to bring this expertise to the medical center community by completing challenging projects that demonstrate a highly-focused level of service to the healthcare and research renovation field of construction. We feel an ultimate sense of accomplishment when our clients feel free to focus on satisfying the needs of their end users. We have earned their trust and respect by taking charge of their projects and managing them with the exemplary skills and techniques that have made us a leader in the Houston market and general contracting community for years.Our clients know they can count on our takecharge attitude, and that is why they continue to partner with us throughout the development of their projects — whether it be during predesign, preconstruction, construction or all three.
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We understand the sensitive nature of the healthcare business and make the comfort of the end-user a top priority Bellows remains focused on the future of the Texas Medical Center. Committed to safely delivering exceptional healthcare, education and research renovation projects, the MCRT’s experienced staff performs their work with foresight, innovation and professionalism. Tony Mansoorian, Director of Operations, and Rick Mikeska, General Superintendent, have assembled a staff responsive to the individual needs of each client to plan and execute demanding renovation projects. Constructing complicated environments in crowded, highly public spaces demands distinct expertise from everyone involved – superintendents, project managers, subcontractors
and craft workers. Our dedicated MCRT office allows Bellows to consistently deliver intricate projects on schedule, within budget and with unparalleled quality.
As the Texas Medical Center approaches its 60th anniversary of serving our community, Bellows stands ready to be their premier renovation partner.
Employee Spotlight A 38-year veteran of W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation, Rick Mikeska is the General Superintendent for the Medical Center Renovation Team (MCRT). As General Superintendent, Rick assists with all scheduling and also trains and supervises the MCRT superintendents. Most importantly, it is his job to keep every project moving toward completion and client satisfaction. “Rick is integral to the success of the MCRT office,” said Tony Mansoorian, Bellows’ MCRT Director
of Operations. “His unparalleled experience and unwavering patience are qualities that both our clients and fellow MCRT members really appreciate.” When asked what Rick likes best about working for Bellows, he stated, “I have been with Bellows for almost four decades, and the Bellows family has always treated me well. As a former military reserve, they always gave me the time off that was required to fulfill my duty, and I really appreciated it.” 2010 | B ellows B yline S pring 2009F all | 95 th A nniversary
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Project in Progress Asia Society Texas Center
The Asia Society Texas Center is a multi-use facility that will provide for the exploration and celebration of Asian cultures, politics, communities, traditions, food and arts. The multifaceted design supports Asia Society’s diverse programming, from business and economic affairs to literary and musical performances. The new 38,000-SF building located in the Museum District will encompass meeting facilities, an art gallery, a 280-seat theater, beautiful gardens, wide foyers and public reception areas, an AsiaStore, a garden café and offices for the Texas Center staff. • Designed by world renowned Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, best known in the U.S. for his 2004 expansion to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
• Located at 1370 Southmore Blvd. • $30 million budget • Scheduled to open in 2011