Success in design and construction is increasingly being gauged as much by the process as by the outcome. This is a trend being driven by building owners, who more and more are turning to collaborative, streamlined processes such as design-build that can shave months off the building schedule and save hundreds of thousands, even millions, in building costs.

Size isn’t an impediment to getting a great building for your campus, but hiring an architect who doesn’t understand the specific needs of a small institution can be a real impediment to a project’s success. As Stanmar’s Oliver Snider explains in a recent feature story in Private University Products & News, small institutions’ challenges only begin with the need for cost certainty.

Construction Update From Nantucket:

Recently, Jonathan Nimerfroh of Runway Bride Nantucket took photos of the construction on the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club Renovation and Addition, which showcase all the progress. While the full set can be viewed in our gallery, here are some highlights:

As an Owner, understanding the risks during various stages of construction plays a large role in knowing when to be concerned and when to relax and let your contractor handle a problem. Ralph Agostinelli, Stanmar’s senior project manager, broke down a fitness center construction timeline in the November’s issue of Private University Product and News to help illuminate what to look for.

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub project is $2 billion over budget and six years behind schedule. While the numbers are shocking and scale overwhelming, this scenario plays out on typical campus projects beset by scope creep. Oliver Snider, Vice President of Business Development, recently shared his thoughts in Athletic Business


This summer, Dr. Wylie, President at Endicott College, sat down with our team to talk about Stanmar, Inc.’s impact on campus over the last 15 years. In 1999, we designed and constructed the Post Sports Science and Fitness Center, and in 2008 we were invited back to campus to design and construct the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts. We are very proud of our legacy on campus!

To learn more about our projects at Endicott College, visit out our case study.


While it’s hard to believe that in only an hour you can demolish a gymnasium, that’s just what happened last week as we began demolition work at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club!

Back in October 2013, we helped connect our client, Samford University, with Team Impact, and shared the University’s announcement of its 17th basketball member, Nathaniel “Biggie” Henderson, a 7-year-old diagnosed with CLOVES syndrome.

This touching video shows just how much this program helped “Biggie”, his family, the Samford Basketball team, and the entire school community. Separately, two more of our clients have partnered with Team IMPACT to help give children with severe illnesses the unique experience of being on a sports team and having teammates.

The Future of BIM, IPD and Design Build

The cover of the July/August issue of Net Assets displayed a powerful, and for us concerning, headline. In large bold letters, it stated THE END OF DESIGN/BUILD.

We’ve used this method for over 40 years, and plan to do so for the foreseeable future – so for obvious reasons we were eager to read the article! “Construction Disruption” barely addressed the cover headline’s assertion, and in our opinion left readers confused about the differences between the various project delivery methods.

Happy Holidays

From all of us at Stanmar, Inc.

Culinary Institute of America – Hyde Park, NY
Wishing you a warm and joyful Holiday Season
and a prosperous New Year!