Ridgemont Project Spotlight - Rubicon MOB, Irving, TX

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!

Ridgemont Project Spotlight - Parc 820,Fort Worth, TX

Parc 820 is a two-phase industrial distribution project of Loop 820 in Fort Worth, TX. The project by Scannell Properties includes one industrial building totaling 220,000 SF (Phase 1) and the other totaling 270,000 SF (Phase 2).

Both buildings are tilt-wall and include a variety of textured walls and canopies for exterior features.

Client: Scannell Properties

Architect: Alliance Architects

Ridgemont interviewed the Project Manager, Hector Rivera who worked on the Parc 820 project, below you can find an inside look into how the project was accomplished.


WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THIS PROJECT?

Developing a massive project around a natural Water of the US territory and the process to obtain the compulsory permits.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS PROJECT?  

Finishing the project with no punch list requests from the Owner, just before the date that the Owner needed the buildings. The project was also completed on budget, even though we went through very challenging milestones and extended timeline.

WHAT ARE SOME LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT?

Identify, protect and control the access to all designated areas (i.e. W.O.U.S.) on a project site prior to breaking ground. Make sure your subcontractors and all personnel understand the importance of it. Keep that control during the whole process…and most important ” don’t let your guard down…remain vigilant”.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO THANK YOUR TEAM MEMBERS THAT WORKED ON THIS PROJECT WITH YOU?

I would like to thank them for all the hard work, commitment, SUPPORT and patience.

WHAT SURPRISED YOU WORKING ON THIS PROJECT?

It really surprised me that not with standing the milestones and the difficulties found in this project, how IMPORTANT it was to maintain the communication and openness with our client. Keeping our client informed on every step of the solution process was the key to keep their trust intact, and the main factor to obtain the satisfaction of ending the project strong.

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS PROJECT WILL IMPACT THE COMMUNITY IT IS IN?

Being and an industrial park, it would help the continuous economic growth and progress that the North Texas Region has shown for the last decade.

Ridgemont Project Spotlight - Eagle Honda of Clear Lake

The new Eagle Honda of Clear Lake dealership, located off I-45 and League City Parkway in Clear Lake, TX, was completed in fall of 2018.

The dealership sits on 26 acres and is 47,000 SF in total. The showroom is two levels, with the first one being 15,871 SF of showroom and the 2nd floor consisting of 5,467 SF of administrative office area, training rooms, and conference rooms. The service center is 40,545 SF and the adjacent express center is 4,203 SF. The dealership will also have a 1,200 SF car wash.

The dealership is a tilt-wall structure with a brick facade, painted concrete and an extensive lighting package.

Ridgemont interviewed the Project Team who worked on the Eagle Honda of Clear Lake project, below you can find an inside look into how the project was accomplished.


WHAT was THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THIS PROJECT?

It rained for two months prior to the start date of the project, including having the project under construction during Hurricane Harvey. There was a total of 80 rain days with the John Eagle project, resulting in a lot of temporary enclosures including a temporary road to transport a transformer to the job site.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS PROJECT?

The client is happy with the project, and would like to repeat business with Ridgemont!  

WHAT ARE SOME LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT?

We had a few issues with opening sizes for the tilt wall panels. The door size was too big, resulting in purchasing new doors that fit. Moving forward, detailed coordination will be top of mind to eliminate potential errors.

How would you like to thank your team members that worked on this project with you?

“Ray – Thank you for putting up with me onsite in Houston for 7+ months and sharing your job trailer.  I learned a lot being out on the project every day and I owe a lot of that to just observing you and your interactions with all of the different levels of this project’s team members.  You answered all of my questions and really helped facilitate my growth within the construction industry.”

“Greg – Thank you for trusting me to handle a lot more on this project compared to previous ones we’ve worked on together.  While I was on site in the beginning, this job was my main focus, so I got to dig deeper than normal and really apply my construction knowledge.  You gave me more responsibility on this project and I’m a much better APM for it.”

- Jade Erck, Assistant Project Manager

WHAT SURPRISED YOU WORKING ON THIS PROJECT?

The weather conditions.

ANY FUN/EXCITING MOMENTS OUT IN THE FIELD DURING THE PROJECT?

“The most fun part of this project was seeing the faces of the clients the day after tilt walls were raised and set. They just couldn’t believe how one day the building wasn’t there and now it’s standing. Not to mention how they were astonished on the constant progress during visits.” - Ray Taylor, Project Superintendent

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS PROJECT WILL IMPACT THE COMMUNITY IT IS IN?

Clear Lake is an up and coming community. There are a lot of new retail developments in the area, John Eagle adds an attractive appeal to the upscale environment.

WHAT UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THIS PROJECT ENABLE IT TO STAND OUT FROM OTHERS LIKE IT?

Size and scope of the property is larger than other dealers in the area. The high end finishes are unlike a traditional Honda dealership which makes it unique.