BJAC Project Earns Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, Ledyard E. Ross Hall Recognized for Excellence in Construction

Raleigh, NC, January 04, 2013 --( Dan Fields, AIA and principal of BJAC Raleigh, pa (, an architectural firm offering professional architectural and design services to healthcare, education, municipal and research clients, has announced that the East Carolina School (ECU) of Dental Medicine, Ledyard E. Ross Hall has been awarded the Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction in the $25 million to $50 million category by the Carolinas Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC). Award recipients were honored on Nov. 15 at the 11th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Ceremony at Founders Hall in Uptown Charlotte, N.C.

A groundbreaking project in eastern North Carolina, medical education and for ECU, Ross Hall is home for teaching, research and dental care services and will provide improved dental health for the entire state, with a focus on underserved rural communities. Ross Hall is linked via advanced technologically to 10 community service learning centers located throughout the state. These centers will promote outreach and education for dental health care professionals while providing dental care and treatment for area residents.

As part of the project’s unique mission, BJAC’s team designed the integration of groundbreaking dental education technology. BJAC also coordinated building construction with challenging equipment requirements, including more than 150 dental chairs and an instrument sterilization suite. ECU had very specific and complex engineering systems with detailed operating and maintenance requirements, which were an additional challenge for the BJAC-led process.

BJAC, in coordination with Balfour Beatty Construction, led the design and construction of the more than 100,000-square-foot building on ECU’s campus. BJAC was responsible for the design process, and also provided assistance in site selection. ABC's Awards for Excellence Program has become the premier competition within the construction industry that recognizes outstanding construction projects across the nation. For more information about the program and award recipients, visit

“We are truly honored to be involved in the design of this important building,” said Jennifer Amster, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal and director of higher education projects and lead architect on the project. “ECU’s School of Dental Medicine is making a critical difference in the health of people across the state. We are excited to be a part of ECU’s innovative model for dental education and care and the opportunity to make dental care more accessible to all in North Carolina.”

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About BJAC:
Architectural firm BJAC, pa offers professional architectural and design services. The firm provides design expertise to healthcare, K-20 education, research, museum and municipal clients, along with a broad range of in-depth services, including architectural design, pre-design, programming, design, master planning, interior design, construction management, contract administration and design build. Established in 1994 by CEO and Managing Principal Lou Jurkowski, FAIA, BJAC has offices in Raleigh and Charlotte. In 2010, BJAC was awarded Firm of the Year by the North Carolina Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIANC). Most recently, the firm was awarded the 2011 Pinnacle Steady Growth and Profitability Master Award by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call BJAC at (919) 833-8818 or visit

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