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Commercial | DARGAN CONSTRUCTION – EMBASSY SUITES RALEIGH-DURHAM AIRPORT Dargan is Digging Deeper DARGAN CONSTRUCTION IS WORKING ON THE EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL IN RALEIGH, N.C. mbassy Suites guests in Raleigh, N.C., soon will witness the hotel’s rebirth with its new one-room-suite concept. Embassy Suites – a member of the Hilton Hotels Corp. – is known to offer spacious two-room suites that include a separate living area. The hotel chain is changing this concept to appeal to business travelers, but with the same upscale amenities. Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Dargan Construction is spearheading this development as the general contractor. Located in the Brier Creek area near the Raleigh-Durham Airport, the $20 million hotel development will house 175 rooms. At 10-stories high, it will also feature amenities that include exercise room, a pool, restaurants and two levels of parking, as well as a total of 7,000 square feet of space for meetings. Construction started earlier this year, and the project is set to be completed in April 2010. Senior Project Manager Bill Cline says he is excited to be a part of this project. “This is totally different from the Embassy Suites that people are used to,” he states. “It’s a new design where you can walk into the hotel and there is a nice, spacious, open-air atrium. The quality of finishes within the hotel and common areas are very upscale. [Hilton Corp.] is very proactive in providing the best quality of finishes in their hotels.” is »Dargan Constructionmillion finishing up the $20 Embassy Suites hotel. Dargan Construction www.darganconstruction.com • Project budget: $20 million • Location: Raleigh, N.C. • Employees: 20 (on-site) • Scope: Hotel construction Initial Challenges Site logistics are a challenge on the 10-acre site, but Cline says excavation was Dargan’s main challenge. “We had to remove approximately 25,000 cubic yards of rock before we could start construction,” Cline notes. “And because we were on rocky areas, we had to engineer the design to the appropriate foundations of the building.” It was difficult to work on an uneven rock layer, Cline continues. “Imagine the bottom of the ocean – it has unstable up and down rock layers,” he “The biggest plus for Dargan Construction is the people who work for us.” –Bill Cline, senior project manager explains. Greenville, S.C.-based architect Godwin Associates and Myrtle Beach-based structural engineer Kyzer Timmerman Associates helped Dargan overcome initial challenges. “Our senior superintendent, Joe Reeves, and I put our heads together with our contractors and [worked on] a plan to develop the site and keep the job moving,” Cline recalls. “We put a plan together where the duration from the whole blasting operation to when we actually did work took six weeks. “That’s a long time, because normally, when we work on jobs at [Myrtle] Beach, we can excavate in sand in less than a week and start foundations immediately after. But once we got the rock blasted and we got on the ground, everything was fairly standard.” In addition, Embassy Suites features a suspended pool on the main level of the hotel. According to Cline, a lot of engineering and coordination went into designing the pool. “A lot of times, pools are built into the ground,” he notes. “When you elevate it, you have to take the size and weight of the pool and you have to deal with the concrete that CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER 2009
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - October 2009
Construction Today - October 2009
Regional Spotlight: Southwest
Ledcor Construction Hawaii LLC
C.H. GUERNSEY & Co.
First Gulf Development Corp.: Meadowvale Corporate Centre
Jacobsen Construction: Workers Compensation Fund Headquarters
Novak Construction Co.
Affordable Concepts Inc.
HBD Construction Inc.: Edwardsville Crossing
Ledcor Construction: Napa, Calif.
Mared Mechanical Contractors Corp.
Myers & Chapman Inc.
Summit Contractors Group Inc.
Wilcox Construction Inc.
Special Focus: Mergers & Acquisitions
Hensel Phelps: Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl. Airport Sky Train
Circle Construction LLC
Electrical Contractors Inc.
Everett, Wash., Department of Public Works
Imco General Construction Inc.: Arlington WWTP
New Prince Concrete Construction
R.N. Rouse & Co. Inc.
Stanek Constructors Inc.
Fort Lewis: New Barracks, Army Growth Complex and Support Battalion
Torcon Inc.: Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II
Bovis Lend Lease: FBI Denver HQ
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
Bird Construction Co.: Shearwater Helicopter Base
Carbon Constructors Inc.
Consultants & Builders Inc.
Emerick Construction Co.: Rock Creek Middle School
Broadmoor/Boh Brothers Construction Co.: U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command
Cahill Contractors Inc.: The Oakland Museum of California Phase 1
Flintco Inc.: Germantown Women & Children’s Pavilion
Gamma Construction Co.
Kreizenbeck Constructors: BSU Student Union
Pizzagalli Construction Co.: FAHC Radiation Oncology
Robins & Morton: Lincoln Hospital
Steele & Freeman Inc.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (TNDC)
W.G. Yates & Sons Construction: Armed Forces Retirement Village
BBL Construction Services LLC: The Glen at Sugar Hill Apartments
Chelsea Investment Corp.
Affirmed Housing Group
Westland Construction Inc.: Bridges at Citifront
Product Showcase: Plumbing Equipment
Hunzinger Construction Co.: Johnson Controls Headquarters
B.L. Harbert International LLC: S.O.F. 5th Special Forces Battalion Operations Complex
Duke Construction: Monarch Beverage Co. Headquarters
Irish Construction Co.
TMU LLC (Triune)
Last Look: Consultants & Builders Inc.
Construction Today - October 2009