After successfully winning the project, Marker Construction dove headfirst into the obstacles this $12 million, 52,000 SF renovation and 16,000 SF addition posed. The project schedule was tight from the beginning – 11 months to abate and renovate a 108-year-old school while concurrently razing the east wing to construct a new childcare center.
Although the original schedule only detailed 200 construction activities, by the end of the project, the activities had quadrupled to over 850. Changes to the original design came on an almost daily basis, and our project management team had to keep up with over 290 RFIs and 90 change orders. Our team had to act quickly, problem solving and communicating efficiently with stakeholders and subcontractors in order to maintain control over a restoration project of this complexity and scope.
Inclement weather and unforeseen building conditions also threatened to disrupt the project’s tight schedule. Historical rain periods in the months of May and June delayed 6-8 weeks of site work. In response, our team worked weekends and carefully re-sequenced other construction activities to make up for lost time.
The elements were stacked against our team; the consensus throughout the project was that the original schedule was impossible to maintain – yet Thomas & Marker was unwavering in the face of these challenges. With resolute focus, shared responsibility, and critical thinking, our team persevered to defy the odds and meet the end user’s substantial completion date. We successfully obtained temporary occupation by July 24 so the childcare center could receive their much-anticipated federal grants.