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Balfour Beatty’s Residential Community in Texas Earns 2010 Best of Best Award

Balfour Beatty Construction is proud to announce that The Austonian, a recently completed residential high-rise development in Austin, Texas, has been named the only Texas winner of McGraw-Hill Construction’s 2010 “Best of the Best” awards, a national competition that recognizes design and construction excellence based on regional winners of McGraw-Hill Construction’s 10 regional publications’ Best of 2010 Awards.

An independent jury of design and construction professionals selected 21 winners based on safety, innovation, contribution to the industry community, aesthetic and functional quality of design, and construction craftsmanship. The Austonian won in the category of Multi-Family Residential/Hospitality.

The Austonian was developed by Austin-based Benchmark Development, designed by Ziegler Cooper Architects of Houston, Texas, and built by Dallas-based Balfour Beatty Construction. At 683 feet tall, the 56-story skyscraper is the tallest residential building west of the Mississippi River.

“Collaboration among team members was key,” said Bob Albanese, The Austonian’s construction manager. “The team realized a complex design ahead of the original 28-month schedule. The Austonian is an Austin icon.”

“We thank McGraw-Hill for their continued commitment to these annual recognition awards, which continually challenge project teams within the industry to raise the bar in teamwork, technical expertise, innovation, and safety,” said Robert Van Cleave, Balfour Beatty Construction’s chairman and CEO.


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