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.

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:

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.

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

 

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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!

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.