Honors recognize contributions to construction industry, commitment to diversity
Parkland Health & Hospital System was named the 2015 Public Entity of the Year, and the construction of new Parkland hospital was selected as Project of the Year by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association for its 8th Annual Pillars Awards.
Parkland was recognized as the public entity for its significant impact in the construction profession in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2014, as well as displaying leadership, innovation and diversity in administration and management of its construction related projects.
BARA, a joint venture formed to provide construction management services for the new Parkland hospital, received the Project of the Year Award for construction work on the new Parkland hospital campus. The joint venture firms include Balfour Beatty Construction, Austin Commercial, H.J. Russell & Company (MWBE) and Azteca Enterprises (MWBE).
“We’d like to thank our BARA partners for being committed to exceeding Parkland’s diversity goals and for not only building an amazing hospital for the citizens of Dallas County, but for also building true capacity in the MWBE community,” said Indria Hollingsworth, Director of Supplier Diversity and Ethical Sourcing for Parkland.
The award is given to a firm that completed a significant project in 2014 and exemplified team effort, including project owner, designer, management, administration and the out-in-the-field construction worker. The selected project also must have local impact with significant use of minority- and women-owned businesses enterprises (MWBE) general contractors and subcontractors. The MWBE participation goal for the new Parkland project had been 35 percent, but 38 percent was achieved.
“The new hospital project represents Parkland’s commitment to serving the residents of Dallas Couty for generations to come, training tomorrow’s health care providers and redefining public health care,” said Patricia Rodriguez Gorman, who chairs the Parkland Board of Managers Facilities Committee. “From the first shovel in the ground in 2010 to completion in the fall of 2014, the new Parkland has provided jobs for an estimated 3,000 construction workers. The largest hospital construction project in the nation was built by the residents of Dallas county for the residents of Dallas.”
Gorman added that the state-of-the-art medical facility will not only serve Dallas County for decades to come, but will serve as a model for 21st century hospital design.