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Weitz Named an ENR Midwest Region Best Project Winner for Construction of Hilton Des Moines Downtown


Engineering News-Record awarded The Weitz Company with a best project
award in its Midwest region for the construction of the Hilton
Des Moines Downtown
in Iowa's capital city.

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Engineering News-Record selected the Hilton Des Moines Downtown as one of its best project award win ...

Engineering News-Record selected the Hilton Des Moines Downtown as one of its best project award winners in its Midwest region. Built by The Weitz Company, it won the residential/hospitality category. (Photo: Business Wire)

The honor was announced on Wednesday when ENR, one of the construction
industry's top publications, released the firms selected by an industry
panel of judges in each of its 19 award categories. The 330-room Hilton
Des Moines Downtown won in the residential/hospitality category.

"The hotel was a highly collaborative project. I am extremely proud of
our internal team at Weitz, as well as the design team, various
consultants, trade partners and Hilton for their work with us to
construct this award-winning building. This is a tremendous asset for
Des Moines and one we will cherish for decades to come," said Mike
Tousley, executive vice president and general manager of The Weitz

Built under a public-private partnership with Polk County and the City
of Des Moines, the Hilton Des Moines Downtown is a statement
of modern construction innovation and efficiency
. The design-build
team utilized a central, cloud-based model to streamline the
construction process. The 3D model was key to enabling the successful
planning and execution of 12 modular build components
that all
revolved around prefabricating 300 of the 330 hotel bathrooms off-site
in a controlled environment. With 84 percent of the work performed on
the bathroom PODs occurring prior to delivery and installation
(including all mechanical, electrical and plumbing connections), Weitz
reduced labor hours per prefabricated bathroom by 11 percent, eliminated
17 weeks of construction waste from the project schedule and delivered
the hotel 10 days ahead of schedule so it could open early.

Completed this past March, the Hilton Des Moines Downtown effectively
addressed the key criteria in ENR's regional best project awards
competition – overcoming challenges, utilizing innovative construction
techniques and finishing the job safely. The Weitz Company will be
recognized with its fellow award winners from the 11-state Midwest
region at an awards breakfast on November 28 in Chicago.

Weitz served the role of developer and design-builder for the project.
DLR Group was the design architect and RDG Planning & Design was the
architect of record.

About The Weitz Company
Founded in 1855, The Weitz Company
is a national, full-service general contractor, design-builder and
construction manager that serves all 50 U.S. states. Weitz is the sixth
oldest Architecture/Engineering/Construction firm in the United States
and an industry leader in lean construction; senior living; sustainable
building; and virtual design and construction. Headquartered in Des
Moines, Iowa, The Weitz Company annually ranks in the top tier of
Engineering News-Record's Top 400 Contractors and Building
Design+Construction's Giants 300 Contractors lists.

© 2018 The Weitz Company

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