Charter school opens on time with designer-led design-build

ManateeCharter3When land negotiations for a new charter school were delayed more than three months, opening in time for the new academic year seemed virtually impossible. But, one solution made the impossible a reality.

ManateeCharter1LJB offered a designer-led design-build delivery method to Ryan Companies, the developer and construction manager for the project.  The agreement promised delivery of the building shell for the 63,000-square-foot, two-story tilt-up building in less than eight weeks – seven weeks shorter than originally planned.

As the design-builder, LJB held contracts for the structural design as well as construction of the tilt-up building shell.  LJB and its subcontractors – Woodland Construction Company, Superior Concrete Contractors, and All Steel Consultants, Inc. – were responsible for foundations, slab-on-grade, wall panels and structural steel.  By placing construction responsibility with the designer, the project benefited from:

  • Speed of delivery
  • Fewer subcontractor hand offs for the construction manager
  • Reduced management time for the construction manager
  • Streamlined communication between the developer, shell construction team and design team
  • Reduced shop drawing submittal process
  • Design efficiencies that led to maximum efficiency in the shop and field, such as designing to joist supplier preferences

The Manatee Charter School in Bradenton, Fla. is operated by Charter Schools USA. The new facility features tilt-up concrete wall panels with a brick formliner and rustication. Due to its geographic location, the school is designed to withstand 130 mph, Exposure Category C wind.

As the project manager, facilitating the construction side of this project was a welcomed challenge. I’m proud of our team for turning a seemingly impossible project into a reality, providing another state-of-the-art facility for our leaders of the future.

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