The HCD 10: Sam Moses, Building Professional
Superintendent, Balfour Beatty Construction (Dallas)
Who he is: Moses has spent the majority of his 37-year career with Balfour Beatty Construction as a superintendent on projects from the east to west coast, including several hospitals. However, at 2 million square feet, the new Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas became his largest and most complex hospital project to date. For the past four years, Moses has served as general superintendent on the project, leading a team of 21 superintendents from the four companies composing the BARA joint venture charged with building the largest hospital construction project in the country: Balfour Beatty, Austin Commercial, H.J. Russell & Co., and Azteca Enterprises. Moses supervised all field activities and coordinated with subcontractors, working closely with the owner and design team throughout the project that tallied almost 7 million man-hours.
Year in review: Relying on off-site prefabrication where possible (including 800 bathroom pods for the hospital’s inpatient rooms) and Lean scheduling methodology to streamline progress, as well as a team-based approach and positive safety-training culture for all those working on the site, Parkland hit two big construction milestones in 2014. The first was completion of the massive structure, followed by receiving certificate of occupancy from the city and the Texas Department of State Health Services. Moses and his team also went on to complete site work and landscaping by year-end, with a workforce that was once 1,400 workers dropping to under 200 as those finishing touches were made.
What’s next: Moses is among the last team members winding down the Parkland project, which is anticipated to open in August once a bridge between the existing site and the new hospital is completed. Today, the staff has begun transitioning to the new space, as Moses finalizes details and starts to address change orders. And when that’s a wrap, he looks forward to taking on a new project in Dallas.
The HCD 10:
- Architect: Paul Strohm, senior vice president and director of healthcare, HOK (St. Louis)
- Researcher: Upali Nanda, vice president and director of research, HKS (Houston); executive director of the Center for Advanced Design Research and Education (CADRE)
- Interior designer: Christine Hester Devens, associate principal and interior project designer, AECOM (Minneapolis)
- Association/foundation executive: Jennie Evans, 2013-2014 president, Nursing Institute of Healthcare Design (NIHD)
- Facility manager: Sean Gouvin, director of facilities planning and engineering operations, Baystate Health (Springfield, Mass.)
- Educator: George Mann, Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, Endowed Professor of Health Facilities Design, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas)
- Provider: Matthew Gutwein, president and CEO, Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County, and Dr. Lisa E. Harris, CEO, Eskenazi Health (Indianapolis)
- Building professional: Sam Moses, superintendent, Balfour Beatty Construction (Dallas)
- Rising star: David Grandy, associate vice president and managing director of strategic innovation, HDR (Omaha, Neb.)
- Organization of the year: ZGF Architects LLP