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Pre-Planning Enables Facility Optimization

Cost Savings: 35%
Schedule: 60% reduction

Contractor Change Orders: 0%

Type: Design Build Construction

Contractor: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction, LLC

Location: Edmonton, Canada

 

Contract: $21,000,000

 

Start Date: October 2011

Completion Date: December 2012

Design Build for High Tech Research Space

The University of Alberta redeveloped existing research space into a hot lab with a cyclotron particle accelerator. For this extremely complex project, the University used the Best Value Model for selection, pre-planning, and performance measurement.

The Best Value pre-planning process resulted in significant savings and optimization of facility operation.  As a result of the pre-planning process, the contractor identified & minimized unforeseen design and constructability risks before the project began.

“Best Value saved 14-18 months in schedule and $8-12M in cost when compared with traditional processes that would have resulted in change orders during construction” – Hugh Warren, Dir. Facilities & Operations

Using Best Value IPD, the project will be completed in approximately 18 months at $28M, whereas owner estimates of using a traditional delivery model would place the project at 48 months and $44 – 48M.

REFERENCE: Hugh Warren, Executive Director of Operations & Maintenance | hugh.warren@ualberta.ca | 780-492-6405

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Best Value Minimizes Cost in Services

Cost Savings:

  • $500,000 per year in upfront costs
  • $400,000 additional internal savings
  • Reassigned 3 FTEs to different work

 

Type: Custodial Services

Vendor: Bee-Clean Building
Maintenance

Location: Edmonton, Canada

 

Contract: $18,000,000

 

Start Date:  August 2011

Campus-Wide Custodial Services

The owner used ASU to apply Best Value to deliver custodial services for its main campus. The risk and value focused procurement approach realized an initial contract savings of $500,000 annually.

ASU provided pre-planning support to the selected vendor to address client concerns and facilitate risk identification, mitigation and documentation.

Highlights:

  • $400k internal savings during the initial year of implementation.
  • Vendor adoption of full QA/QC responsibilities, allowing the Client to internally reassign 3 FTEs to different work on a full time basis (indirect savings of $180k)
  • Satisfaction Rating: 10 out of 10 Rating of Vendor Performance by Client PM

“This process gave Bee-Clean the freedom to find solutions that work for them as well as us, rather than us dictating…they are now coming to us with solutions rather than problems” – George Thomlison, Client PM.

REFERENCE: Brian Stewart, Director of Procurement | brian.stewart@ualberta.ca | 780-492-2775

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Cost Savings on School Renovations

Percent Awards Below Budget: 20%
Contractor Change Orders: 0%

Contractor Schedule Delays: 0%

Satisfaction: 10 out of 10

Total # of projects: 18

 

Type: School Renovation / IAQ

Location: Rochester, MN

 

Contract: $18,003,000 (total)

 

Start Date: April 2009

Finish Date: August 2013

School Upgrades for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Rochester Public Schools ISD #535 serves approximately 16,400 students in 16 elementary schools, four middle schools, and three comprehensive high schools. In April 2009, the first Best Value tests were conducted on John Adams Middle School for general renovation and air quality control upgrade project.

The District was very satisfied with the performance, and continued with 17 additional projects utilizing the Best Value delivery system. All of the projects were completed during the schools’ very limited summer construction timeframe (approximately three months). The client stated, “Using best value allowed us to see solutions from the contractors before the projects begin, which saves time in our tight schedule.”

REFERENCE:  Jim Kelly, Design & Construction Services | jakelly@rochester.k12.mn.us | 507-328-4506

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