Worcester State University made the decision to update the campus Administration Building, which was nearly a decade old and had not undergone a significant renovation since the early sixties. W.T. Rich, performing as the Construction Manager, provided significant input during the preconstruction phase, working collaboratively with the owner and the design team. The scope of work included the complete renovation of the existing building while also constructing two new building additions.
W.T. Rich provided comprehensive design reviews, budget estimates and value engineering for the project design from Schematic Design through final Construction Documents. The project required early demolition and abatement packages. Exterior restorations included masonry repair and repointing. Other scope aspects included a complete window replacement and selective rook repairs.
Location: Worcester, MA
Contract Value: $17.5 million
Size: 63,000 SF
Type: Additions / Renovation
Owner: Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance
Designer: Miller Dyer Spears, Boston, MA
Delivery Method: CM at Risk (M.G.L. Chapter 149A)
CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS
All work took place within an active campus environment and in close proximity to several occupied buildings.
As part of the project’s design, the Sullivan Building power plant was to service both the renovated Administration Building and the Sullivan Building, which was fully occupied and operational throughout our construction period
Significant re-piping work within the mechanical room had to be performed during a three-week shoulder period in which both heating and cooling were shut down.
Subsequently, five new boilers had to be installed, connected and made operational within a three-month period and without disrupting the active chilled water system serving the occupied Sullivan Building
The result of our in-depth design reviews, detailed project estimates and value engineering work led to numerous improvements, clarifications and cost savings that ultimately led to enhanced building design and performance. This project was one of the first major renovation projects performed and completed by DCAMM using the Construction Management at Risk method. The project is considered a full success by all parties involved. It was completed on time, on budget and to the high satisfaction of DCAMM, Worcester State University, and Miller Dyer Spears.