The specialized nature of a greenhouse project brought with it unique challenges. As the first elevated greenhouse on campus and the first DPR had constructed, the entire team needed to work together to come up with solutions along the way.
The project team faced a significant challenge when a sub-tier contractor that was slated to assist Kansas City-based design-build subcontractor Stuppy Greenhouse with the specialized greenhouse erection process went out of business. The team had to devise a plan to get the project back on track and ensure it was completed as planned and to the complete satisfaction of the owner.
Facing the need for labor and crews to help erect the specialized greenhouse structure after the original sub-tier subcontractor went out of business, DPR came up with a solution to bring its own self-perform carpenters on board to supplement Stuppy’s workforce, ultimately delivering about 10% of that subcontract volume. Self-perform concrete crews from DPR were responsible for delivering approximately 15% of the total project contract volume.
DPR superintendents were fully integrated into the subcontractor’s crews; likewise, DPR integrated Stuppy’s management team into the onsite project management team, according to project manager Paul Brown. “We took a ‘lean in’ approach to figure out a different way to get this done,” he said. “We brought everyone together to figure out a solution that would best serve the project.”Overall DPR self-perform crews “definitely added value” by helping push the schedule and quality on this project, Brown added.