The primary goal of the project was to create a building that would not only serve Antioch students, but – in true Antioch fashion – also encourage the entire Yellow Springs Community to come together. As we worked together to reach that higher vision, we had our own internal ambitions – to not just reach the client’s end goal, but to truly partner with them to introduce innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions to the many challenges we faced.
Our preconstruction team collaborated extensively A/E team and the client to assess all value engineering and cost saving options. We delivered creative solutions to keep the project on track in the face of various structural challenges and schedule constraints. As a result, we saved the Owner nearly $300,000 through value engineering solutions. One example was changing from plaster material to gypsum board, we reduced the project cost by $60,000. We also reduced the site work scope by $130,000 by revising the rain gardens, changing from sod to seed, and adjusting the sidewalk and pavement subbase details.
The result was an outstanding facility that exceeded all of the College’s expectations, from sustainability to ADA compliance – and most importantly, the facility was ready in time for the highly anticipated Grand Opening event. Seeing the looks on the faces of the students, faculty, and neighbors as the ribbon was cut and the doors were officially opened served as an important reminder of why we love building. The Wellness Center project was a vital addition to Antioch’s metamorphic campus, and we are excited to watch the rest of the story unfold for generations to come.