Engineering News-Record (ENR) recently announced national winners of the 2014 Best of the Best Projects competition for construction excellence, and Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas was selected as the best K-12 project in the U.S. Satterfield & Pontikes Construction’s (S&P) Dallas Business Unit built the three-story, environmentally sustainable school located only a few city blocks from the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium and the State Fair of Texas.
The prestigious award is the culmination of a seven-month effort put forth by industry judges and ENR to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the U.S. The competition for ENR’s Best of the Best Projects began in May 2014 with more than 700 project teams submitting their best work to the ENR Regional Best Projects competitions.
The Dallas ISD school accommodates 1,000 students in grades six through eight. The standout feature of the 211,000 square foot project is that the entire construction process, from groundbreaking to completion, took only 10 months. The $36 million school was designed by Kell Munoz Architects/KAI Texas and constructed by S&P according to environmental standards developed by the Texas Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), the first green building rating program designed specifically for K-12 schools.
In each of ENR’s 10 U.S. regions, judges selected winners in 20 categories to qualify for entry in the national contest. S&P won top honors in its regional competition against projects submitted in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. In the national competition, a new set of 16 judges from across the country and from all walks of the industry examined each project in an effort to distinguish the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation, quality, and design and construction excellence.
For its selection as one of the most significant construction projects of 2014, Billy Dade Middle School was featured in the March 16, 2015 issue of Engineering News-Record.