Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium selected as ENR Southeast’s best project

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LeChase Construction Services has announced that Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium was selected as Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast’s 2014 Best Project for Renovation/Restoration.

ENR Southeast’s annual project excellence program is dedicated to honoring the best construction projects and the companies that designed and built them in all 50 states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Projects deemed best in category will automatically compete in the Best of the Best Projects 2014, a national juried competition appearing nationally in ENR.

ENR Southeast received nearly 100 entries, with the submittals for two categories—Health Care and Higher Education/Research—each numbering 15 or more. Entries were divided for review by two separate independent judging panels consisting of local, prominent design and construction industry professionals. Overall, 44 projects were recognized representing 19 specialized categories.

LeChase Construction oversaw the two-year, $12.5 million preservation and acoustical transformation of the 86-year-old Georgian-style auditorium, which included a balcony extension, MEP relocation, elevator addition and wall, floor and ceiling refinishing.

“We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award for it is fitting recognition for the men and women who have given their talents and expertise in restoring this incredible venue back to Duke,” stated Mike Konieczka, LeChase regional operations manager, SE region.

In 2014, winning projects will be recognized at ENR Southeast’s annual Best Projects Awards Luncheon on November 11, 2014, in Orlando, Florida.