Building a stronger design team is the key to winning more sports and athletic facility projects. As an architect, how you build your design team often means having to choose a consultant based on either locality or experience. Going with a local consultant does offer the advantage of having someone knowledgeable of the project and its managers.
However, when upwards of 60% of a facility’s cost falls under structural and MEP systems, choosing a consultant for these disciplines based only on geography is not the most strategic choice for building a better design team.
On a recent project, we received a call from an architect client whom had just met with an Owner. The Owner had a contractor on site ready to start construction of a timber frame building over a full basement. The Owner had only schematic design drawings from a previous architect, whom they fired. The Owner’s contractor had been instructed to start construction the next Monday using these schematic drawings.
Here’s the problem, there were no foundation drawings or a geotechnical investigative report.
Allegheny Design Services was tasked with providing foundation drawings with no coordination with the building manufacturer (who was not yet under contract), the current Architect of Record or geotechnical information.
The solution was to provide partial drawings to the contractor enough to get him started, but not too much to compromise the coordination with the other disciplines. Part of the problem with these expectations is that technology has claimed to be the magic bullet in providing designs ASAP. As it turns out, the building system supplier made changes after the foundations were constructed. This resulted in tearing out some column foundations and adding others. (more…)
Allegheny Design Services recently launched a new division of their existing company that exclusively serves the Sports and Recreation industries.
Start Your Engines!
Allegheny Design Services has recently begun work on two exciting new athletic facility projects at the Indianapolis 500 and First Tennessee Park (home of the AAA baseball team the Nashville Sounds). On both projects, ADS teamed up with TS Sports (recently joined with Panasonic, Inc.); one of the world leaders in cutting edge LED sign displays.
Recently, ADS also teamed up with TS Sports for the scoreboard assembly at the new Monongalia County Ballpark and Coliseum entrance sign projects in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The work on the new Monongalia County Ballpark, future home of WVU Baseball and the West Virginia Black Bears, has reached a signficant milestone – substantial completion of the major structural elements in the project. This is significant because it marks a distinct point in the construction sequence where the contractor can move toward other aspects, such as interior finishes, furniture and turf installation.
The role of an Engineer of Record (E.O.R.) on a commercial Design-Bid–Build Project is well defined. But when it comes to Fast Track and smaller building projects this is not always the case.
In the interest of “cost savings” and schedule the involvement of the E.O.R. becomes somewhat less defined. At times, too much reliance is placed on the Specialty or Component Engineer by the Owner or Contractor.