KCI provided program and construction management and construction inspection services for the $33.6 million renovation at Emancipation Park. Established on June 19, 1865, it is the oldest park in Houston—the city took ownership of the site in 1918. Over the years, the 10-acre facility had begun to deteriorate and was in need of a significant modernization and retrofit.
The goals of the project were to create an inviting community space for play, performances and festivals; serve as a catalyst for local development; and become a national and international destination for tourists traveling to Houston. The project included a new recreation center, a new pool and splash pads, renovation to the existing pool and community buildings, playgrounds, a jogging trail, athletic courts and picnic areas.
As program manager, KCI conducted a nationwide search to select consultants, evaluated plan concepts and design reviews, attended stakeholder workshops, coordinated with other agencies involved and provided construction management and oversight. Our on-site construction inspector was responsible for quality control including daily reports that documented progress, material quantities and man hours expended.
One of my lasting joys from this project is knowing that the professional team exceeded our highest expectations in listening to the user groups and stakeholders for inspiration to ignite their creative juices.
Willie C. Jordan, Jr. AIAArchitect
Our team was instrumental in helping to mitigate and solve challenges that arose, including minimizing delays in the tight construction schedule, saving century old trees, phasing constraints, shoring design, and installation methodologies for pavers.