TurnerSmoot Team Selected To Manage Construction of $92 Million Columbus Convention Center Hotel

NEW YORK, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The construction management team of Turner Construction Company, the nation's leading general builder, and Smoot Construction have been selected by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority to provide pre-construction and construction management services for the $92 million Columbus Convention Center Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Completion is scheduled for 2012.

The 532-room hotel features a 10-story atrium, ballroom, meeting and banquet rooms with 4-star finishes, a full-service restaurant and lounge and a fitness center. The scope of work also includes the construction of a bridge connector to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, a vehicle ramp to the parking facility and a pedestrian entrance to the garage.

The project is being constructed to achieve a LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council. Green features of the facility include a 33% reduction in energy/carbon usage, dual-flush toilets and low-flow fixtures, enhanced commissioning, construction waste recycling, use of regional materials with recycled content and low-emitting materials, bicycle storage and changing rooms, individual occupant lighting and thermal control and a Green Seal certification for Lodging Properties.

"The TurnerSmoot team is proud to continue our long-term relationship with the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and to participate in enhancing the convention experience in Columbus," said Kyle Rooney, Vice President and General Manager of Turner's Columbus operations.

Turner and Smoot have worked together to manage large and complex projects in Columbus for more than 15 years and share a culture of commitment to client service and building excellence.

About Turner

Turner is the leading general builder in the U.S., ranking first or second in the major segments of the building construction field. During 2009, Turner completed $8.2 billion of construction. Turner is the only builder offering clients a nationwide network of offices across the U.S. Founded in 1902, the firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, a publicly traded company and one of the world's leading international construction service providers. For more information, visit Turner's website at www.turnerconstruction.com.

HOCHTIEF is one of the leading international providers of construction-related services. With more than 66,000 employees and a sales volume of EUR 18.17 billion in FY 2009, the company is represented in all the world's major markets. The Group's service offering in the fields of development, construction, services, concessions and operation covers the entire life cycle of infrastructure projects, real estate and facilities. In the USA, the biggest construction market in the world, HOCHTIEF is the No. 1 general builder via its subsidiary Turner and, with Group company Flatiron, ranks among the most important players in the field of transportation infrastructure construction. With its subsidiary Leighton (HOCHTIEF share around 55 percent), the Group is market leader in Australia. Because of its engagement for sustainability, HOCHTIEF has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2006. Further information is available at www.hochtief.com/press.

About Smoot

Performing with excellence since 1946, The Smoot Corporation provides comprehensive construction management, general contracting and design/build services. With a wide range of projects for both public and private clients, Smoot has expertise in building and managing construction of Aviation, Cultural, Civic/Government, Correctional, Healthcare, Higher Education, Hospitality, Industrial, K-12, Parking, Research, Residential, Retail and Sporting facilities. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Smoot has operations in Indiana and Washington DC with projects in select U.S. markets.