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Commercial | DENARK CONSTRUCTION – OWENSBORO-DAVIESS COUNTY CONVENTION AND EVENTS CENTER Centered on Quality DENARK IS MANAGING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW CONVENTION CENTER IN KENTUCKY. BY ALAN DORICH « The new convention center will feature scenic views of the Ohio River and the city of Owensboro, Ky. W ith its record of meeting project budgets and schedules, Denark Construction was selected as the ideal firm to lead the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center project in Kentucky. “Clients in this sector really have an appreciation for successful experience,” Denark Executive Vice President Gordon Knapp says. Denark is the construction manager-at-risk on the project, which is being built in Owensboro, Ky. When finished, the center will stand three stories and span 177,000 square feet. While those features may be typical of a convention center, it does not have the typical design, Knapp asserts. “It is much more of an architectural centerpiece of the downtown redevelopment master plan for the city of Owensboro,” he states. The project features a 2,200-ton structural steel frame, and 17,500 square feet of glass, which includes a spectacular 54-foot-high steel curtainwall at the south main entry. “[That] makes views into and out of the facility transparent,” he says, noting that patrons will be able to enjoy scenic views of the Ohio River and the city. The center also is designed to be versatile. On its third floor, users are able to convert meeting spaces into major ballrooms. “The facility can accommodate a lot of different sizes of events, whether they are sporting 164 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 events, concerts, large meeting events or large-scale sit-down dining events,” he says. “It has full foodservice accommodations,” Knapp says, noting that the ballroom capabilities allow it to serve up to 1,800 people at once if both ballrooms are used. On The Fast Track Denark broke ground on the Owensboro center in March 2012 and aims to finish by the end of this year, Knapp says. This marks the contractor’s fourth convention/conference center project and Denark’s first for this client, the Owensboro-Daviess County Industrial Development Authority. “This has been an extraordinary project,” Knapp says, noting it has a fast-track schedule. “We began the construction process in March before 100 percent of the design was completed.” This required teamwork not only on Denark’s part, but also from the owner, facility operator, design professionals and subcontractors. “At the end of the day, the entire team is delivering a lot of architecture for the money [involved],” he says, noting that the project has a budget of $39.5 million. The company’s hard work has paid off. So far, Knapp says, the proj- http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January/February 2013
Case Studies
Best Practices
Business Management
Green Construction
Construction Materials
Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
Pratt Homebuilders
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
Morton Buildings
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Paric Corp.
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
Tishman Construction
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
P. Agnes
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Taylor Woodstone
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
INDOT: 1-69 Corridor
Palmetto Corp
Monroe Tractor
Wood's CRW Corp.
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