KCI has been providing construction management, inspection, testing and other support services for the Virginia Department of General Services under on-call contracts for more than 10 years. Work has been performed for the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and several higher education facilities on the campuses of Virginia State University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Tech University, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Military Institute, and Christopher Newport University. Tasks have included:
Norfolk State University Greenhouse. This project includes a new 1,513-square-foot aluminum and glass greenhouse on a concrete and brick veneer knee wall, adjacent to the existing science building. The scope of work includes new walkways surrounding the greenhouse, a 400 amp generator for backup power to the greenhouse, a remote controlled environment management system and all associated mechanical, electrical and plumbing work necessary to make connections from the site to the greenhouse equipment. Our team developed the scope for the necessary design services; managed the design development and performed the design reviews of each phase of the design process; approved the final drawings; evaluated construction bids for cost realism; and managed the construction contract, including responding to RFIs, inspecting the quality of the work, reviewing/approving the construction schedule which was 180 days, and approving Contractor monthly payment applications.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Expansion and Renovation. After a decade of strategic planning, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced a master plan for a 100,000-square-foot expansion and renovations to unify its campus, display more of its collections, host major exhibitions, and better serve its audiences. At the heart of the Museum’s new campus, the E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden replaced 3.5 acres of existing parking lot with a magnificent park including leisurely walkways, refreshing water features, flowers and art. The Robins Sculpture Garden partially covers a new, highly innovative 600-car parking deck tucked beneath a terraced, landscaped slope designed for recreation and viewing outdoor performances. An atrium, a triple-height “main street” connects the new building with two existing wings. Our team conducted a value engineering study of preliminary engineering documents for both the building expansion and parking deck projects. The VE team generated 114 ideas for potential value improvement. Of these, 25 were developed into VE alternatives with capital cost changes and 55 were developed as design suggestions.
VDOT Northern Area Headquarters/Virginia State Police Joint Administrative Facility. Our team provided full-time site inspection services for this new $29 million, 166,000-square-foot four-story office building. The project consisted of demolition of existing structures, asbestos abatement, site work utilities, concrete, structural steel framing, architectural precast concrete wall panels, roof system, stone veneers, spandrel glass, elevators, electrical, HVAC, telecom, landscaping, site amenities, and right turn deceleration lane. This project was designed for LEED Silver certification. Sustainable characteristics included recycled material content, automatic lighting controls, natural daylight, the use of regional materials, enhanced commissioning, construction waste management and below flooring heating.
Nichols Engineering Hall (NEH) Renovation. This project involved performing a VE study on preliminary design documents. The original NEH had significant shortcomings in terms of life-safety and accessibility. Also, space utilization was not maximized, the heating and electrical systems were outdated, the roofing was in need of repair, and there are many other issues that needed to be addressed in the renovation. Improvements included creating a configuration maximizing the life safety of the building’s occupants, providing safe and convenient access to exits, a complete automatic fire alarm system, and a complete sprinkler system. The building was made fully accessible in accordance with state and federal law. Spaces were reassigned and reconfigured to meet the current needs of the programs housed in the building, anticipating and accommodating future needs as much as possible. This project also provided a new roof, replaced windows, upgraded energy performance, replaced the heating system with a controlled HVAC served from a new central utility plant, and replaced and expanded the electrical system, including all power and lighting.
14th Street Parking Garage Demolition. KCI provided Clerk of the Works services for the first phase of the parking garage project including demolition of two buildings located at 14th and Main Street in downtown Richmond. The primary existing building at the site was a five-story building with a basement, and had a gross area of 198,814 square feet. The building was made of cast-in-place reinforced concrete piers and decks with precast concrete and stone exterior walls. KCI provided full-time site inspection / Clerk of Works, including maintaining photo logs, site records and daily reports; tracking schedule, issues, non-conforming work, as-builts, and independent testing; reporting safety violations; verifying incorporation of changes; attending meetings; and tracking punch lists at close out.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Bioinformatics Building. Our team conducted a value engineering study at the schematic design and design development phases for the new Bioinformatics Institute, whose purpose is to collect and analyze genetic information. Phase I of the project included construction of a $13.5 million, 60,000-square-foot building consisting of general and computational laboratories as well as a core lab, including sequencing, microarray and proteomics functions, computer servers for data analysis and administrative and research office space. The VE study identified potential life cycle savings of up to $1.6 million.
Virginia State University Water Tank.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University New Residence Hall. KCI performed a value engineering study during the schematic design phase. The $17 million facility provides on-campus housing for approximately 261 students and was comprised of two wings encompassing a total of approximately 88,800 square feet. The building also provides program space for Residential and Dining Programs. Our team conducted a value engineering analyses and performed life cycle cost comparative analyses on various construction components such as mechanical and electrical systems and subsystems, exterior building envelope, fenestration, structural systems, roofing systems, plumbing systems, interior finishes, and site development. The VE team came up with eight design suggestions, totaling $1,027,592 of potential cost savings.
Christopher Newport University New Student Center. This project involved performing a value engineering study on the preliminary design documents for a new $21.2 million three-story student center, which consists of two buildings connected by an interior “street” via a three-story atrium. The center houses facilities such as dining, ballroom, boardroom, meeting rooms, study areas, bookstore, and career center. Our VE team generated 82 ideas for potential value improvement. Of these, 17 were developed into VE alternatives, and 58 were developed as design suggestions. Services performed were completed while the facilities were open and fully operational. Potential cost savings proposed by the VE team amounted to over $1.4 million.
VDOT Van Dorn Area Headquarters Chemical Storage Building. This 22,000 ton chemical storage/distribution facility is the largest in the state, supporting both the I-495 HOT Lanes & I-95 Interchange. Improvements associated with this work include underground retention of chemical waste created by the facility. A steel frame with a fabric roof with loading hoppers on both the east and west ends by conveyer systems. KCI provided one full time Clerk of the Works/construction inspector staff member as needed for the duration of the project on a full-time basis.
Bureau of Facilities Management Old Library Renovation. Our team provided project management services for this $28 million, 200,000-square-foot renovation of the historic old state Library, which was renovated to serve as the temporary chambers for the state legislature (while the state capitol underwent significant renovations), executive offices for the Governor and his staff, and general offices for other state agencies. Scope of the work included selective removal of all hazardous materials, selective demolition of the interior shell, and reconstruction from the subbasement through the 8th floor with redistribution of floor spaces, a 4-story atrium, a new circulation system and all new mechanical/electrical and plumbing system. Our project manager was responsible for complete project oversight from design development, through final Guaranteed Maximum Pricing for the CM at Risk construction contract, and construction phase project management on this CM at Risk project. In the design phase, key emphasis was placed on coordinating the needs of more than 12 state agencies with the design teams’ efforts. During development of the CM at Risk bidding documents, emphasis was placed on the proposed general contractor’s procurement plan and final project pricing. Under the construction phase, the primary emphasis was on schedule as this project had to be completed on time, which allowed construction to begin on the Capitol building renovation. Our project manager worked closely with the entire project team to ensure compliance with all aspects of the CPSM manual during design and construction.
Hancock Geriatric Treatment Center at Eastern State Hospital. This 115,700-square-foot, Type IIB, 150-bed, five wing, single-story building was built on spread footings with CMU walls, cementious siding with brick accents, and architectural shingles on a sloped roof. The project, built under the State of Virginia’s PPEA program, used a turnkey delivery model, which allowed DMHMRSAS to receive the completed facility in 26 months, from the first partnering session to the final patient move. The center’s layout includes a central core, or ‘Main Street’, that houses both patient activities and administrative functions. This central core connects four resident wings with closed-loop arrangement to keep patients from getting lost. Each wing also features a wander garden and wider doorframes to better accommodate wheelchairs and hospital beds. KCI provided full-time project inspection services, including daily reports, site photos, inspections for code compliance, deficiency notices, review of all change proposals, tracking of progress against schedule, coordination of independent inspections and tests, progress meetings, pay app review, and tracking of contractor compliance with OSHA regulations.