Stanmar recently conducted a survey of independent schools to learn more about current trends in facility construction. The results illustrate a strong demand for new facilities as schools constantly work to differentiate themselves and provide the best possible experience for their students.

 

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.

Sweet Briar College has managed so far to stave off financial insolvency and its planned 2015 closing — though it took four different lawsuits, a mediation agreement and the replacement of its board and president to reopen the campus for the 2015-16 school year. Daunting challenges remain, and early estimates of enrollment for 2015-16 (down to less than 300 from 530 last year) make the need for short- and long-term planning acute.

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.

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.

The Nantucket Boys and Girls Club, hired Stanmar, Inc. to design and construct their new facility. Since 1945, the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club has been helping Nantucket’s youth grow and succeed. The Club is a vital resource for the Nantucket community, providing parents with a safe, healthy and fun place for their children. Throughout the past twenty years, the Club has expanded from 230 members to 669 members. In order for the Club to continue to be a part of children’s lives, a significant change was needed.