BYLINE FALL 2021
Rice University Maxfield Hall Renovation and Restoration Lyndon B. Johnson Monument and Apollo I Memorial
Projects in Progress
Houston Endowment Headquarters Building MD Anderson Cancer Center MRI Renovations
Associated General Contractors of America APEX Awards
Project Profile Rice University Maxfield Hall Renovation and Restoration / Houston, Texas
The Mechanical Laboratory, one of the first buildings constructed on the Rice University campus, has been renovated and restored as the new LEED-certified Maxfield Hall. The building is the new home for the Department of Statistics, formerly housed in Duncan Hall, and is the solution to an ever-growing demand for more space for the faculty and students. Since 2017, Rice has hired 35 new faculty members. “By designating a primary building in the engineering quad as home to our Department of Statistics, we are sending a strong message to the community that not only does statistics belong in the School of Engineering but it is central to the mission of our school,” said Luay Nakhleh, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering. Floor space in the renovated building is 21,751 square feet. The interior includes two new classrooms, faculty and staff offices, a conference room and huddle rooms, as well as two elevators with access to the basement and first and second floors.
Bellows Byline | Fall 2021
Project Profile Rice University (cont’d)
The exterior was preserved and two new egress stair enclosures and a new ADA-compliant access ramp were added.
The building’s HVAC and electrical systems have been modernized, and the building is now fully equipped with sprinklers for fire protection.
The basement, formerly unused except for storage, has been fully renovated with three huddle rooms.
All historic windows were refurbished, all offices now have windows, and lighting throughout the building has been updated to LED. The dropped ceiling was removed, revealing the original vaulted ceiling in the large classroom on the second floor.
Project Profile Lyndon B. Johnson Monument and Apollo I Memorial at Little Tranquillity Park / Houston, Texas
The unveiling of the President Lyndon B. Johnson Monument, Apollo I Memorial, and official opening of the newly landscaped Little Tranquillity Park took place on August 6, 2021, the same date President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The statue is surrounded by curved pathways that guide visitors through a series of inscriptions with a particular narrative of Johnson’s administration: his support for civil rights, his plans for the Great Society, and other positive moments. Along with Bellows Construction, the team was comprised of renowned sculptor Chas Fagan, Gensler as the architect, and Lauren Griffith as the landscape architect. The LBJ Monument and Apollo I Memorial join a series of monuments along Bagby Street, including ones dedicated to George Bush and James Baker.
Bellows Byline | Fall 2021
Project in Progress Houston Endowment Headquarters Building
The Houston Endowment Headquarters project is well on its way! So far the project team has excavated the existing parking garage and installed the stormwater detention system. Due to the site’s location, the detention system is under the parking lot as opposed to a pond. The huge yellow tubes shown in the photo to the right collect the stormwater runoff and then slowly release it into the City’s utility system. Using the plastic tubes instead of concrete culverts resulted in a cost savings for the project. Additionally, the building and canopy’s concrete footings have been installed, and the team is currently forming and pouring the concrete foundation walls. Next phase on deck is the building’s structural steel framing which will begin mid-November. Stay tuned!
Company Awards Associated General Contractors of America, Houston Chapter APEX Awards
AGC Houston created the Awards for Project Excellence (APEX) to honor firms in our industry for their excellence in constructing. The biennial event recognizes member companies for their consistent excellence in construction, their valuable contributions to the community, and their demonstrated commitment to skill, integrity and responsibility.
The Bellows team was honored to attend the event and bring home two Gold awards for our Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Center for Conservation and Texas Children’s Hospital Smith Legacy Tower projects.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Center for Conservation Gold Award
While receiving awards isn’t the end game for what we do, it’s humbling and an honor to be recognized, especially by our friends and colleagues. It’s a true testament to our skilled, expert personnel who bring these facilities to life and uphold the Bellows standard.
Texas Children’s Hospital, Smith Legacy Tower Gold Award
Bellows Byline | Fall 2021
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Project in Progress: MD Anderson MRI Renovation Projects Bellows Construction has begun work on two individual renovation projects that require the installation of one MRI Siemens VIDA and one MRI Rad Onc Simulator VIDA F4 at the MD Anderson Mays Clinic. The two projects are being carried out simultaneously within the occupied Diagnostic Imaging suite of the MRI department. The scope of work for each project includes full demolition of the existing MRI Scan Room, adjacent MRI Equipment Room, Patient Prep Room and MRI Control Area and demolition and removal of existing R/F shielding, doors and windows, floor finishes, millwork, ceiling and electrical fixtures, and select mechanical and HVAC. Build back scope includes new R/F shielding, doors and windows, finishes, acoustical panels, MRI removal
lighting fixtures, and millwork.