A Coordinated Effort, Pre-Construction Planning Leads to Significant Cost Savings
Structure MagazineGo to https://www.structuremag.org/, Dylan Richard, P.E., and Stephen Blumenbaum, P.E.
“As part of an ongoing campus improvement program, the University of Florida and the University of Florida Police Department in Gainesville, Florida, recently commissioned their new Public Safety Building (PSB) located in the heart of the campus. The 50,792-square-foot three-story PSB consists of concrete tilt-up wall panels for the exterior and is supported by structural steel on the interior. The entire scope of the project also included a 6,931-square-foot renovation of the adjacent existing Centrex Building, which houses the University’s Emergency Management staff and emergency operations dispatch center. The University of Florida contracted with Ajax Building Co. to pro-vide pre-construction and construction services for the project, which consolidated five previous police department locations across campus under one roof. Ajax partnered with Walter P Moore, the engineer of record, on the PSB project to provide expedited bid documents and an advanced bill of materials for concrete and structural steel, as well as submittal and shop drawings for the subcontractors. This reformatted delivery process created schedule savings and improved coordination between trades.”
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