Turner Construction, established in 1902, has 46 offices in the U.S., is active in 20 countries around the world and averages 1,500 projects per year. Notable projects include the Texas Commerce Tower, O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Rose Garden Arena in Portland, OR, Yankee Stadium in New York and Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. According to Engineering News-Record’s 2008 Top 400 Contractors Sourcebook, Turner is the largest “Green contractor” in the United States and the third largest contractor overall in the United States. The Horizon Community Church building was one of the largest commercial projects began in the United States in 2009.
“The nominations for our awards come from our job-site staffs and are based upon overall job performance considering, preconstruction, managing, engineering, scheduling, expedition, quality of work, safety, relations with others, pricing, cooperation and expertise in your field.”
Harmony Timberworks was selected in particular for the work on the Horizon Community Church Project.”Terry Smith, Building Team Leader, of Horizon Community Church, says, “.The design of our new building was conceived from the feedback process we implemented almost three years ago, which we called the ideation process. Most everyone who was a part of our church at that time participated. We used this feedback to create a design that gives honor to God, like many of the older church buildings that were built 50 or more years ago. Like us, they valued the local community church. So, our design creates a place that will be reverent to God, but it also incorporates a practical and comfortable environment for families and those who are exploring their faith, a place where people can enjoy the natural park like setting of what once was a golf course. It will be a unique combination of both traditional and practical elements. Our new church building well be an attractive place for inviting our friends and neighbors to explore their faith, and a great training center to inspire and train all of us to impact our world.”
Having previously undertaken numerous timber frame church projects including Saint Johns Church, in Newton Conover, NC, Wesley Methodist in St. Simons Island, GA and Montreat Anderson on the campus of Mars Hill College in Black Mountain, NC, we were well acquainted with the challenges and opportunities the project presented,” says Mark Howell, CEO of Harmony Timberworks. Howell continues, “The Harmony Team was committed to working with Turner Construction to help make the vision of the congregation of Horizon Church a reality.”
Harmony became involved in the project in the Design/Development Stage in 2007 working with the project Architect, CDH Partners Inc. of Marietta, GA. One of the first design decisions the Harmony Team made was what type timber system would provide the structural integrity desired by the architect and engineer while simultaneously incorporating the practical and comfortable feel desired by the congregation. With timber truss spans of 43′ and 60′ and steel connections to 4′ tall, every detail had to be precise. Beginning with a truss profile conceptual drawing provided by the architect, Dan Kiser, Senior Designer for Harmony Timberworks, assisted in the design of a stronger, more workable timber system which satisfied both criteria. The timber trusses were designed and manufactured from select structural, kiln dried douglas Fir timbers and glue laminated beams because of the strength and tendency to check and twist less than other species. They were stained with penetrating oil finish tinted to the architectural specs and incorporated curved glue lam lower chords, timber valley rafters, purlins and end rafters. Twelve custom trusses were designed and manufactured for the main lobby and gathering area, and thirteen for the sanctuary. Representatives for Turner continued, “We at Turner strongly believe that our success is a very large measure attributable to our subcontractors being true “partners” in construction. All too often subcontractors hear from the General Contractors only when things are going badly. It is appropriate to recognize outstanding efforts for our subcontracting partners, and, as such, we pay special tribute to your organization for your performance and contribution to our shared success on projects.”
“This was an amazing project to work on,” said Theresa DeMarco, COO for Harmony Timberworks. “To have the opportunity to work with Turner Construction and CDH Architects on a project of such magnitude was an exciting challenge for our team. We value our relationships with our partners, and our success, in large part, is attributable to our partners.” DeMarco continued,” We go out of our way in getting to know each of our clients, and strive to understand their needs and requirements for each project. We take this knowledge and share it with our team of project managers, designers, estimators, support staff and manufacturing personnel to ensure a successful project. Harmony Timberworks averages over 30 years of experience in meeting this goal. Harmony takes a personal interest in every client relationship we create. We have the attitude that your project is our project and is the only project we have.”.