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  Georgia Institute of Technology - BEM Complex
  Atlanta, Georgia
  INDUSTRY: Higher Education
  SERVICE AREA(S): Construction Program Management; Scheduling/Project Controls

In the 1990's, the Georgia Institute of Technology undertook a major expansion of campus facilities that included construction of the Biotechnology-Environmental Science & Technology-Molecular & Materials Science (BEM) Complex. It is a neighborhood of four state-of-the-art buildings that will house researchers from the schools of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and the College of Computing.

This Complex includes a 10-acre site containing over 630,000 square feet of lab, office and support space for the interdisciplinary areas of biotechnology, environmental/sustainable technologies, and materials/ molecular sciences and engineering. The development effort includes construction of four facilities totaling over $139 million and related relocation and infrastructure projects totaling over $21 million.

The Institute and the Georgia Tech Foundation engaged Draper & Associates to provide both capital projects planning and program management services in support of the development of the BEM Complex.

Draper & Associates' capital planning services for each of the projects includes;

  • coordinating Tech's requirements for supporting the Board of Regents' architect selection process
  • developing management plans, schedules and budgets
  • establishing and supporting the committee process for development of architectural programs through meeting facilitation, agenda development, scheduling, issue resolution and reporting
  • coordination of A/E activities necessary to complete architectural programs and budgets
  • providing site analyses and reports for each relocation project

In addition to our capital planning services, Draper & Associates served as Program Management Consultant to the Georgia Tech Foundation Facilities, Inc. for the development and construction of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience. The firm provided owner representation in direct support of the Office of Facilities, Georgia Institute of Technology. Draper's services included;

  • supporting concept development, site selection, definition of financing requirements and construction delivery approach
  • establishment of a procurement process for selection of the design-build entity
  • drafting the design-build agreement and coordinating legal reviews between the owner and design-builder
  • assembling a comprehensive design-build manual for use in managing the delivery of the project
  • reviewing and analyzing cost estimates and bid packages
  • providing coordination between owner and design-builder on all issues relative to schedule and budget
  • conducting job progress reviews and proving executive-level reporting
  • reviewing and recommending payment for all project expenditures

Draper & Associates was selected by Georgia Tech Foundation Facilities, Inc. to provide project management services for the most critical relocation project of the BEM Complex, the Aerospace Gas Combustion Laboratory. This $6 million facility consists of approximately 22,000 square feet of office, laboratory and support space for approximately 15 researchers and students. The criticality of this project was that it had to be complete in time to relocate existing tenants and experiments so that construction could commence on BEM-Phase II, the Environmental Sciences and Technology building, in January 2000.



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