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DPR Self-Perform Crews Help Drive Early Completion of Austin Marriott Cesar Chavez

DPR successfully completed the 613-room, 34-story Austin Marriott Cesar Chavez in June of 2020, delivering the landmark downtown Austin facility a full month ahead of schedule bolstered by the strong performance of DPR self-perform crews and the efforts of a highly collaborative team. The DPR team was able to successfully achieve full certificate of occupancy (CO) at substantial completion, bypassing the temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) process typically followed for projects of this size. This was a first in the city according to City of Austin inspectors.

The Challenges

The DPR team contended with an array of challenges on this complex project, including an aggressive schedule that they ultimately beat by more than a month through a host of proactive solutions.

Groundwater intrusion on-site presented substantial challenges early on. During project turnover, challenges relating to the punch list process required the team to devise a more streamlined approach.

To deliver this project within the schedule, DPR utilized our self-perform workforce for the following scopes: concrete, interior drywall & framing, Division 10 Specialties, and waterproofing/fire stopping.

Crane with skyscraper in the background

The Solutions

DPR self-perform crews played an integral role helping drive the schedule and quality. SPW concrete crews shaved a month off the original 14-month structure schedule, switching from a 6-day floor turnover cycle to a five-day cycle during the last 20 floors of work.

Facing substantial water intrusion, the team devised a 32-inch-thick diaphragm wall retention system that ran along the perimeter of the site along with three other types of retention systems used due to site constraints.

Careful planning of the guestroom punch list activities included working closely with the owner to develop the site-specific punch process. Bringing together multi-trade teams, the process focused on correcting punch items as they were identified. This “fix it as you go” approach saved time and enabled rooms to be sold as they were completed rather than waiting until overall completion.

Crews pour a concrete mat at night
The Results

“The guys really gathered around the team concept of visual planning and including all the craftworkers into that plan. The foremen were really instrumental in developing these plans and getting those daily tasks out to the workforce. The internal team rallied around the fact that were not going to allow any of our groups to not perform or not execute.”

Steve Paredes

General Superintendent | DPR Construction

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