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Living teamwork on the fast track

image Samsung Electronic America’s Plano, TX office.

DALLAS/FT WORTH - SpawGlass recently completed work on Samsung Electronics America’s new Plano, TX office.







    The Dallas office project was a two-story, 215,983-square-foot tenant finish-out that SpawGlass’ North Texas Division completed in six months, achieving substantial completion on Jan. 15. This fast-paced project required a tremendous amount of coordination and communication between the project team and the design team.
    “We built relationships with everybody early on and then led and directed the project to make this happen within Samsung’s timeframe,” says Zeb Young, project manager. “There was a level of teamwork and communication that went above and beyond as far as being able to work through things with subcontractors, our team, and with Samsung.”
    Young credits this multi-faceted level of coordination with making it possible for him and Superintendent John “JP” Morrow to tackle the unique challenge of having drawings in progress and changes coming constantly on such a tight schedule.
    In addition to the two lobbies, the scope included administrative office, conference rooms, lab space and social hubs. The open office is divided into quadrants with different themes for the different user groups within those quadrants. The four corners of the building harbor unique common areas, referred to as “destination parks,” consisting of coffee machines or an ice machine, sinks and benches. The social hubs on each floor provide dining space with booths or banquet seating and chairs surrounding a central feature stair.
    One area where a lot of coordination was crucial to project success was the facility’s lab space, which included radio frequency chambers, clean rooms, and network labs that doubled the power requirements for the project as well as adding exhaust fans. The heat load from the equipment in the labs necessitated the addition of rooftop air handing units to increase the overall cooling capacity of the building. Furthermore, all areas were required to have 100-percent backup power.  Also, a generator had to be placed on the south side of the property, where a neighboring building stands only 20 feet away. To ensure the generator’s placement met the City of Plano’s requirements for noise control and did not disturb patrons of a restaurant in the adjacent building, the team built a sound enclosure around the generator.
    SpawGlass’ multi-layered coordination efforts required a great deal of remote communication with architecture firm HLW because, like Samsung’s North American headquarters, the architect for the project was based in New Jersey. Engineers for this project included Kimley-Horn and Associates for civil and Purdy-McGuire for MEP. The subcontractors for the project included Brandt for the mechanical and plumbing work, Morley Moss for the electrical, and Integrated Interiors for the drywall. They were crucial in making recommendations to streamline the design to meet schedule and budget constraints. They also utilized prefabrication opportunities to get ahead where possible to meet the challenging schedule.
    Founded in 1953 by Louis Spaw and Frank Glass, SpawGlass provides commercial and civil construction services. With 10 offices and over 700 team members across Texas, the company’s North Texas office in Fort Worth opened in 2013. –cmw

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