DDC Accomplishments Recognized
DIVISION OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TEAM SAVES THE UNIVERSITY $1,000,000 AND DELIVERS PROJECT AN ENTIRE ACADEMIC YEAR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!
SAVINGS (NOUN): THE ACT OR INSTANCE OF ECONOMIZING.
Through prudent design, scheduling, and budget management; THE DIVISION OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TEAM on the newly constructed Margaret Murie Building at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks has accumulated a staggering cost savings while delivering the original project scope and constructing a very high quality, sustainable, and maintenance-friendly facility.
Most commendable and just recently, UAF received a credit from the general contractor of ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00). These funds represented unspent budget items such as unspent general conditions’ costs and contractor held contingency funds. For example, there were costs savings allocated for the contractor’s staffing but not used because the project was completed ahead of schedule.
The Division of Design and Construction Team at UAF along with their project team were able to utilize savings along the way to complete all scopes of work for the project.
- $2.5M in savings applied to the distribution of chilled water to four major facilities on West Ridge from the new central chiller facility in the Margaret Murie Building.
- $500K in savings used for installation of a donated MRI machine.
- $300k in savings used to buy equipment and make facility modifications that enhanced the usability and functionality of the facility such as purchasing new café equipment for Dining Services and additional science equipment such as Projecting Microscopes for teaching and research.
Cost is not the only notable news. The original project completion date was February 2014. With judicious construction management, the use of early design packages, and ordering the long lead items such as the building steel; The project was completed in May 2013 and partially occupied in June 2013. UAF Students, Faculty and Staff were able to use the facility for classes and research an entire academic year ahead of schedule!
Finally, in the words of Facilities Services Maintenance Superintendent, Bill Cox, “This was a huge team effort and the Murie Building is perhaps the best built facility on the Fairbanks Campus”. Those are pretty powerful words!
UAF AND CARLILE TRANSPORTATION DELIVER MODULAR UNIT
This was a challenging delivery of the modular unit for Verizon’s new cell antenna installation on UAF's Arctic Health. But Brad Hinkes, a long time driver with Carlile Transportation, was up to the task.
No impact to parking in the lot (or the red car) as he snaked the 53’trailer into a 10’ spot!
GREAT HALL CARPET
The carpet in the Fine Arts Great Hall had started fraying and delaminating from the backing material. The estimate to remove and replace the carpet was $112,500. This amount was funded, but it was discovered that the carpet was in its seventh year of a ten year warranty. DDC negotiated a settlement with the carpet manufacturer. Shaw Carpets agreed to provide a better quality carpet and expedite the freight to meet UAF's schedule thereby avoiding impacts to the Fall semester. UAF agreed to pay for the labor to demo and reinstall the carpet. The work was scheduled in four phases to minimize disruption to the occupants and provide access throughout the duration of the project. The final cost was $19,595 saving the University $92,905.
Project Manager: Bob Crenshaw
ONE OF DDC'S HIDDEN TALENTS
The WaterHaulers staring Leighton Nunez from our very own DDC office played at the College Coffeehouse Friday, October 18th . Leighton blew everyone away with his amazing guitar playing skills and perfect Alaskan vocals.
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT TRAINING
Jonathan Shambare, Sr. Architect completed the APPA's Institute for Facilities Management. September 12, 2013
UAF FS/DDC is always looking for ways to give back to the community, our campus, and especially those we sometimes directly affect with our projects. KUAC was dramatically impacted over the summer of 2013 and we thought it would be a nice way to finish up the construction season by helping them out during their fund raising pledge week. Six members of DDC worked the phones from 1-3pm yesterday afternoon taking pledges from several new and renewing KUAC supporters, even pledging their own funds towards public radio. Its was fun time had by all!
DDC PROJECT MANAGER APPOINTED TO ALASKA BOARD OF FISHERIES
Reed Morisky was recently appointed to the Board of Fisheries by Governor Sean Parnell. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Alaska Legislature. Morisky is a project manager with UAF’s Division of Design and Construction. He is also the owner and operator of Wilderness Fishing, a sport fishing guide service based in Fairbanks and Nenana. His appointment was covered in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
The Board of Fisheries is responsible for the conservation and development of the state’s fishery resources. This involves setting seasons, bag limits, methods and means for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries, and it also involves setting policy and direction for the management of the state’s fishery resources. The board is charged with making allocation decisions, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is responsible for management based on those decisions.