The team devised a host of innovative cost- and schedule-saving solutions to deliver a project that was among the most high-tech facilities ever delivered for FIU.
For starters, DPR leveraged BIM not just for MEP coordination and clash detection but also to improve field processes. Offsite prefabrication was another key solution. The decision to pre-glaze the 120 architectural precast panels that make up the building’s exterior skin at an offsite manufacturing facility netting substantial savings. “Float” time between fabrication and installation of the panels was used to pre-install the 1,020 punched windows into the panels, shaving seven weeks off the dry-in critical path – translating into a schedule savings of about $343,000. An additional estimated $64,000 in labor and equipment savings that was realized by installing the windows at the precaster’s yard had the added benefit of enhancing quality control and promoting safer installation.
Another inventive approach involved the epoxy flooring installation. A plan was devised to install the first two coats of epoxy prior to closing in the building and framing walls – a solution that DPR estimated shaved approximately 13 days off the critical path.
"The strength of the project team stems from a team approach and constant communication. The team performed with a high level of professionalism and a proactive attitude in problem-solving."