The Georgia Institute of Technology's vision for expansion of their research and educational studies has recently surged into bio-related activities. Identifying the need to pursue knowledge for application to advance development in the life-enhancing disciplines of biochemistry, bioengineer-ing, and biology, Georgia Tech decided to build an Institute focused on the development of new medical and industrial technology. The new building provides essential laboratories for research-related activities to attract high quality graduate students and research faculty.
The total gross square footage of the building is approximately 150,000. The building's layout consists of three wings, one with three floors and the others with four, and a central office area to house the principal investigators. Building configuration results in eight lab bays and an area for animal research. The project's budget was $30 million.
Draper & Associates served as the Program Management Consultant to the Georgia Tech Foundation Facilities, Inc., the funding authority for the complex. Draper also provided owner representation in direct support of the Office of Facilities, Georgia Institute of Technology. Program support services started at concept development and ended upon completion and occupancy of the facility. At the onset, Draper & Associates helped Georgia Tech decide on the best delivery method for the facility, considering time and funding constraints. We also helped to define financing requirements and site preparation efforts. As a result of these efforts, the Institute decided to use design-build as the project delivery methodology.
Draper & Associates assisted Georgia Tech by drafting and coordinating the legal reviews for the form of agreement between the Owner and Design-Builder. Our services also included overall coordination and documentation of the selection process. Following selection of the Design-Builder, Draper & Associates developed a comprehensive design-build manual for use in managing the development of the project. The manual included a project management plan that detailed the project's goals and objectives, a work breakdown structure, organizational breakdown structure, the project's budget and financial plan, an overall project schedule and the design-build process administration and control plan.
Draper & Associates integrated efforts of the design portion of the Design-Build Team by tracking schematic, preliminary, design development and construction document preparations. Periodically, we conducted design/budget reconciliation meetings to ensure proper coordination of drawings and requirements. Draper & Associates' work during the development of the project included reviewing and analyzing cost estimates and actual bid packages against the project budget. The firm provided coordination and integration between the design-builder and owner on all issues relative to the schedule and budget for the project.
Through facilitation of Job Coordination Meetings with all active trade contractors, Draper & Associates consultants refined and updated the Overall Project Schedule and Near-Term Schedules to allow the Owner and Design-Builder to track project status. On a recurring basis, Draper & Associates consultants inspected the progress of the work and provided Georgia Tech executives with sufficient information to allow them to make timely, informed business and financial decisions.
Draper & Associates reviewed and recommended payment by the Foundation for all program expenditures. Draper & Associates also conducted detailed reviews of each payment application from the Design-Builder and of all invoices from other Owner contractors.