Bailey-Harris Construction Working on UAH Dorm
Compressed project schedules are a key challenge with which contractors must routinely deal. The five-story Charger Village II Dormitory at the University of Alabama at Huntsville certainly fits that category.
With work beginning in February 2017, the team faced deep low mobility grouting followed by geo-piers in upper subterranean levels, all during winter rains. It was no surprise that the lower subterranean cavities were more extensive than initial reports indicated. Although unit prices removed the financial pressures, weather and lengthened grouting activities were not kind to the team. “We kept the pedal down on foundation installation for sure, but it was the can-do attitude of our plumber Pettus Plumbing & Piping, our electrician Stewart Electric Company and our formwork contractor United Forming that has allowed us to recover and dovetail back into our schedule,” said Jonathan Knight, Bailey-Harris Construction project superintendent.
Relations with Nasser Amiri of Amiri Engineering, the Project Geotech and the facilities group of UAH have been extremely fruitful, and this has a significant motivational effect on the contracting team.
The structure is a five-story concrete frame, 10” flat plate with its share of shafts and shear walls. A composite brick veneer and architectural precast panel together with a standing seam metal roof yields a durable long life expectancy for the building, which connects to Charger Village I. With over 330,000 square feet the significant footprint is a mirror image of Charge Village I, with the new building providing over 400 living quarters.
The Architect is Nola Vanpeursem, and as project manager, David Woodrow acknowledged, “The Architect’s entire staff has been a pleasure with which to work with as they are responsive to our needs and understand the sense of urgency our team has.”
Completion of the $35 million dormitory is scheduled for June 7, 2018. Admitting it is still early, Richard Lovelace, project executive, added, “The quality of all the work and in particular the concrete, the team approach of each trade, and the realization that we can’t sell this puppy until each and every trade has completed their work are perhaps the key points for which we are grateful”.
Lovelace also points out the high quality subcontract corps that the Huntsville-Madison area touts that enables us to achieve a high rate of customer satisfaction.