Century Construction was the Construction Manager at Risk selected to supervise the implementation of the exterior skin and window repairs at The Shore Condominiums in Austin, Texas. The contract amount was $5,661,000.00. These repairs were meant to address instances of weather-related water infiltration. This water infiltration resulted in significant damage to finishes around windows, baseboards, and ceilings in the building. We were selected after an extensive interview process conducted by the owner’s program manager, Broaddus and Associates, their design engineer, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE), and the Homeowners Association board. Once selected we organized an extensive search of qualified specialty contractors in the Austin area to review specified repair details and pricing that would allow us to build the best team possible to execute the repairs within the owner’s budget.
Active communication and transparency were critical throughout the repair process. We worked directly with building management and the residents to notify and carry out the required work in each unit. Each resident received an updated construction schedule on a weekly basis to provide adequate notice of upcoming work. All residents were able to occupy their units throughout the process.
The project scope also required extensive scaffold and swing stage erection and coordination. This access equipment provided a means for the removal and application of 30,000 sf of stucco on the 22-story high-rise condominium. The Shore Condominium Renovation also called for the repair of 400 windows and a two-coat elastomeric coating system to provide an additional layer of protection against the elements.
East Mississippi Community College’s newly completed three-story dormitory is 42,636 square feet and houses 144 residents in 72 bedrooms. The building is a structural steel-wood framed hybrid. The exterior is brick masonry. Each of the 72 rooms include a full bathroom with ceramic tile, durable finishes, solid wood vanities with solid surface counter tops and integrated storage.
Having a sense of community is very important for the students and faculty at EMCC. On the third floor of the student housing building, there are student break-out rooms that are aluminum framed store front glass that provides a sense of community with privacy for studying. There is a full-service kitchen on the second floor with a balcony overlooking the first floor. The hallways are wider than standard to facilitate moving, but also encourage congregating for fellowship. As the safety of the students is a top priority for the college, we installed access control devices for each dorm room, hallway, and exterior doors to allow students and staff to use their EMCC IDs for entry into designated areas.
As most projects that were underway during 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, there were challenges with new regulations and the health and well being of our people working on the jobsite and managing it a way that would not slow down the project. We were able to complete the project in 16 months and have the students move in on time within the original schedule of Spring Semester in January of 2021!