UNM Chemistry

Chemistry Building (Clark Hall) Renovation, UNM

The Chemistry Department’s Clark Hall Project was to renovate and modernize research and teaching labs. The remodel supports UNM’s efforts to rebuild Chemistry’s teaching and research mission. This is the first project out of several for the building. The Chemistry Building renovation has provided several challenges including the building type, age, project budget, energy usage requirements, completion time and phasing through continuous occupancy.

The design team worked closely with the CMAR and Owners/Users throughout design development and construction documents to assess the cost implications of all design decisions. The program identified $32M project budget, the amount allocated for the project was $16M consequently the program validation process and associated prioritization was key to maximizing the value of the project given the available budget. The program validation process included weekly project option review meetings with Jaynes Corporation, the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR).

Estimates were performed both by Vigil & Associates’ cost estimator and the CMAR estimator at every design milestone. This was especially critical on this project given the limited funding circumstances. This process resulted in an integrated value engineering component which benefited the development of a series of alternates.

The project has a requirement to meet the deadline for state funding combined with working to keep the building operational through construction necessitated creativity in the sequencing of design packages and construction phasing. Early work packages were broken out of the scope of work in order to start work, while the remainder of the design was being completed. This allowed the team to get ahead of the overall completion date. These packages included the restroom and utility cores as well as the long lead equipment. All design and construction milestones were on track and the aggressive schedule was met and finished early.

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