Retirement Systems of Alabama
Originally constructed in the 1970s, this sprawling, 3.5 million-square foot office building - one of the country's largest - had fallen into disrepair by the 1990s and was deemed an unreliable property, susceptible to electrical outages due to water damage. Retirement Systems of Alabama, a $16 billion pension fund, saw great potential for repositioning the building with a multiphase capital improvement program, and selected Plaza to serve as Construction Manager on its comprehensive infrastructure renovation.
Reposition a building with numerous infrastructure issues into an impressive modern office space. To address the building's power issues, we installed a redundant power system, which proved itself during the 2004 blackout, when the building ran on generator power for over a week. We also coordinated the installation of new telecommunication risers and an electric drive chiller plant. Every curtain wall panel was replaced, and a 50-foot rooftop antenna was installed, creating the building's signature skyline silhouette. The building's 25,000-square foot lobby was renovated to include terrazzo flooring and a spectacular vaulted metal ceiling. Plaza was also involved in the reconstruction of the site's Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza.
Plaza ensured that the building's infrastructure was successfully upgraded with minimal disruptions to the existing tenancy. The work was completed with no change orders, despite existing field conditions, resulting in a $500k savings.