Building for the Next Generation
Announced last week, McGough was named a 2022 Distinguished Building Award Recipient by the TEXO Construction Association for its excellence in building the Gene and Jerry Jones Family American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge. The 55,000 SF building is located at 210 N Hall Street in the heart of Dallas’ Deep Ellum Community. Construction began in late 2019 and was completed on time, opening in April 2021. The facility includes 50 guest suites, a communal style kitchen, dining room, gym, library, meditation room, and game room. In winning the award, McGough is recognized for its excellence in the General Contractor – Health Care 2 ($10 - $30M) category.
The annual awards from TEXO, evaluate various project sizes and sectors, reviewing each project uniquely, based on four criteria including: 1) Difficulty in design, location and materials, 2) Unusual construction techniques used, 3) Final appearance and quality of finished product and 4) Timeliness of completion.
The McGough team overcame unique challenges on the project, including completing additional prep work and site clean up to ensure building integrity in the project site. The largest of those challenges included extensive excavation of previous buildings below the foundation as well as the removal of metal deposited from a foundry that previously occupied the site.
Our team is second-to-none in preconstruction and site preparation, especially when we approach unique buildings such as this. Knowing the structural needs of this build plan inside and out were instrumental in us navigating challenges during the preconstruction phase on this project. Our team did a fantastic job, ensuring the structural viability of the Hope Lodge every step of the way,” said Roman Buckner, General Manager for McGough Dallas.
“I’m particularly proud of the way the team handled this project. Because of the structural systems and unique exterior envelope finishes being incorporated into this building, detailed waterproofing was important to create a safe, water and air tight building envelope. To do that, we leveraged a 3rd party consultant, as well as McGough’s Quality Control team, to ensure that all details of the building systems were properly designed and implemented. This required extensive documentation, reporting and coordination meetings with the entire team to ensure a safe environment for those guests with compromised immune systems who would utilize the facility.”
In addition to extensive site preparation on Hope Lodge, McGough was also tasked with maintaining exceptional build quality to attain both WELL and Dallas Green Building certifications, which required additional lead time to acquire proper building materials, evidentiary documentation and product data necessary to achieve the exemplary certifications in wellness and sustainability.
With the building completed, its beauty in architecture and design is second-to-none, but it also stands to serve one of life’s highest purposes – providing cancer patients and their families a “home away from home” during what certainly is one of life’s most difficult challenges.
“We’re honored to provide a permanent fixture in the local healthcare community, especially one that carries one of life’s most difficult duties – providing families hope and comfort during one of their more difficult challenges,” added Buckner. “We hope this building makes an impact on this community now and long into the future, offering generations a bit of respite during treatment.”
TEXO is the largest commercial contractor’s association in Texas and one of the largest affiliated with the national Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Representing construction member companies who do more than $15B of work annually, TEXO and its members are critical to the economic growth and improvement of our area.
McGough stands ready to help you build any project, anywhere. Our locations are staffed with remarkable people who are ready to partner with you on your next project, whatever its size, scope, scale or style. With decades of combined experience and a focus on your needs and priorities, we have the capabilities, expertise, interest and enthusiasm to achieve your vision for any facility in any location.