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Contractor, Designer Get Award For Convention Center Sails Pavilion Enhancement

Douglas E. Barnhart Inc. and Joseph Wong Design Associates received the Best Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration Design-Build Excellence Award, for the San Diego Convention Center Sails Pavilion enhancements. The award was presented by the Design Build Institute of America and was one of 17 winners in eight categories. The enhancement project entailed enclosing in glass the 90,000-square-foot, open-air, column-free Sails Pavilion -- the largest of its kind in North America.

The work involved the installation of a 300-foot-long glass curtain wall at the east end of the Sails Pavilion area. The wall gradually arches to 60 feet in height, its lighweight structural cabling resembling the masts and yardarms of a ship. Additional enhancements included the installation of a trade show floor, complete with utility boxes on 30-foot centers, new fire suppression systems, HVAC and an overhead lighting system.

Construction began in February 1999 and coincided with the recently completed expansion of the Convention Center. The pavilion was also booked for activities throughout the construction schedule, requiring nearly 30 mobilizations, demobilizations and cleanups. Barnhart was the general contractor, Joseph Wong Design the architect and Dealy Development the agency design coordinator. Subcontractors and consultants included Advanced Structures, Black Contractors Consortium, Gould Electric, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Martin & Martin, Schultz Contracting, TMAD Engineers and United Glass.

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