Balfour Beatty picked for US ‘workplace of the future’

Balfour Beatty Construction has won a contract for Eastman Chemical Company’s new corporate business centre in Kingsport in the US state of Tennessee.

The facility is intended to be an innovative ‘workplace of the future’ that will bring multiple company organisations together into one building to foster creativity and collaboration.

Balfour Beatty will be providing preconstruction and construction management at risk services. “We are thrilled to be Eastman’s partner on such an important project for their company,” said David Laib, senior vice president at Balfour Beatty.  “We look forward to providing Eastman employees a world-class, innovative workplace that they will be proud to call home.”

The multi-storey office facility will be designed to accommodate more than 850 employees and feature amenities such as a fitness centre, cafeteria, customer meeting spaces, customer innovation space and conference rooms. The design will incorporate Eastman’s high-performance and energy-efficient building products where possible, flexible space solutions, and maximum natural light.  Jacobs KlingStubbins of Philadelphia is serving as the project’s architect-engineer.

Eastman is a global chemical company that serves customers in approximately 100 countries and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. The business centre is part of Eastman’s overall ‘Project Inspire’, a US$1.6bn (£1bn), seven-year plan that will add 300 new jobs and grow the company’s corporate campus and presence in the local Kingsport area. 

Construction is anticipated to begin the first quarter of 2014 with completion aimed for late summer 2015.

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