Harper was selected to help the City of Greenville leverage the Construction Manager At-Risk approach for their new 70,000 SF, 20-acre public works facility. Harper worked with the architect to produce a scope of work and budget that conformed to the owner’s needs through multiple design iterations resulting in a project that was delivered under budget and ahead of schedule by nearly two months.

With material and labor costs in the market on the rise, original design scope grew to $1.6 MM greater than the desired budget. In order to create a project that met the met the City’s desire for both form and function, while maintaining the desired budget, Harper collaborated with the design team to analyze and budget mechanical systems, exterior cladding, and the 20-acre site to determine cost savings opportunities without sacrificing functionality. Through multiple design and budget iterations, Harper worked with the design team to deliver the project under budget by approximately $300,000 and delivered the project ahead of schedule by nearly two months.

Many components attributed to the success of the Greenville Public Works project, however below are several specific examples of how Harper was able to deliver the above stated savings:

  1. Advanced 3D Estimating Analytics:
    Harper has leverages Building Information Modeling (BIM) to bring efficiency, quality, and cost savings to our projects. In this instance, Harper utilized advanced 3-D estimating tools provided to provide more responsive design feedback and impactful budget guidance for the owner, architect, and contractor team. This further enhanced the thoroughness and effectiveness of the value engineering process helping Harper identify 107 value engineering opportunities for consideration.
  2. Exterior Cladding Review:
    With an abundance of exterior cladding and skin options available, Harper worked with the architect and design team to price multiple cladding variations to provide a solution that met the City’s budget, yet also provided a design the City could be excited about. Project team knowledge and Building Information Modeling tools assisted greatly in the positive outcome for the project.
  3. Lean / Pull Scheduling Utilization:
    Leveraging lean practices such as pull scheduling greatly enhanced the productivity of Harper’s field team. Specifically, opportunities to increase collaboration between trade partners during preconstruction were identified. This collaboration in turn reduced the overall project schedule by two months.