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Fast-track construction for higher-ed campuses

With many aging buildings at university and college campuses needing repairs and upgrades, often these projects need to be done during summer, winter and spring breaks, when students are away to make the necessary upgrades. This is becoming more common with renovations to help aging buildings extend their useful life.

To accomplish these fast-track schedules, owners are turning to alternate project delivery methods, such as design-build or CM-at-Risk, to have the contractor involved early in the project to provide critical input and planning during the design phase to ensure success. Critical to the success of these projects is knowing the existing conditions of the building, remediation requirements, purchasing long lead items, and isolating construction and site logistics so that there are no surprises during construction. Having the right contractor help lead this effort can make all the difference to maintain budget and meet schedule demands.

At UC San Diego, BNBuilders completed a chemistry and biology laboratory in just 10 weeks within the York Hall Building originally built in 1964. Working closely with UCSD staff and DGA, BNBuilders developed a plan that enabled mobilization for construction immediately after the student’s final testing in June. Prior to construction, BNBuilders conducted extensive due diligence of the building while working closely with the local subcontracting community on the complexities of the occupied building. The preconstruction effort enabled the entire team to obtain critical information to accelerate construction and overcome the many challenges associated with building laboratories with complex MEP systems in older buildings.

“Our team worked diligently prior to construction to solve the many challenges associated with building chemistry and biology laboratories within an occupied building,” said Ken Seuberling, UCSD project manager. “From hazardous materials to unforeseen conditions and having another contractor working within the building simultaneously, there were many challenges associated with setting up this project to meet the schedule demands. Having the architect and contractor working together early in the process enabled the team to develop the optimum approach for construction to hit the ground running. Without the careful planning and due diligence prior to construction, this project may not have been accomplished in such a short time frame and ready for the students when they returned in September.”

At CSU Long Beach, BNBuilders was given the task of remodeling a partially occupied student dormitory over the summer break. Working closely with CSU Long Beach staff and AC Martin, a plan was developed to make the necessary upgrades in the shortest time possible. With careful planning and working closely with the field team to overcome unforeseen conditions, this project was completed in 64 days and ready for the students in September.

“We have the utmost confidence in BNBuilders to plan, execute and manage the many changes renovating the older buildings on campus,” said Mark Zakhour, manager construction services at CSU Long Beach. “They have provided exceptional preconstruction services with innovative solutions to prepare for construction with a highly qualified staff that delivered this complex project within an occupied facility. They didn’t sacrifice safety, quality, budget or schedule to meet the aggressive schedule, and we look forward to our next project with them.”

-Submitted by BNBuilders.

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