The 69,640 SF three story medical office building for Rubicon Representation located off State Highway 161 and Gateway Drive is part of the second phase of a medical office development in Irving, TX.
The site has been described as “the new epicenter of healthcare in Las Colinas” and will be anchored by UT Southwestern’s occupation of the second and third floors. The development will have medical offices and an ambulatory surgery center on the first floor. Additional medical offices on the second floor will enable healthcare specialists to partner with primary care physicians in order to create the optimal care environment for patients.
The medical office building is next to, and shares driveways with, the newly developed, 95,000 square foot medical office building that Ridgemont completed in 2018. This adjacent building consists of about 50 primary care physicians.
Client: Rubicon Representation
Architect: BOKA Powell
Ridgemont interviewed Senior Project Manager, Steve Bell who worked on the Rubicon MOB project. Below you can find an inside look into how the project was accomplished.
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THIS PROJECT?
The weather had immense impact as we prepared for the concrete work in September of 2018. The rain and mud impacted fabrication of the casting beds for the concrete panels. The cranes used on site were also restricted due to the heavy mud mats.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS PROJECT?
This project used a smooth finish plaster in-lieu of ACM panels on the outside of the building, a result of Las Colinas requirements for material use. The plaster finish is a wonderful complement to the concrete tilt-wall. This project ended with a very happy owner for the project team, BOKA Powell Architects, Pritchard Associates and Ridgemont Commercial Construction.
WHAT ARE SOME LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT?
After completing this project I learned to never use Herculite glass sliding doors for an exterior opening that does not have a sufficient awning cover. The demolition of concrete panels for the glass system at building corners had a much larger schedule impact than anticipated.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO THANK YOUR TEAM MEMBERS THAT WORKED ON THIS PROJECT WITH YOU?
This project was very challenging due to the weather impacts. The team worked together to find alternate sequencing to minimize the impact and keep the project moving. Additionally, the documentation on the project was flawless thanks to Ridgemont Assistant Project Manager, Brent Simmons who handled all documentation. Brent kept all folders, PlanGrid and the architects NewForma updated so everybody had access to the most updated information at all times!
WHAT SURPRISED YOU WORKING ON THIS PROJECT?
The biggest surprise was how the weather impacted our critical path to the casting bed fabrication and the actual panel fabrication. This project has building corners which had to be demolished out of the concrete tilt-wall panels after the steel was completed in order for the window system to turn around the building uninterrupted.
What unique aspects of this project enable it to stand out from others like it?
The design and color scheme of the building is very impactful, from the finishes of the concrete tilt-wall with the smooth plaster system to the ACM drive canopy and curtain wall system. The smooth plaster is spectacular!