Harper partnered with DP3 Architects as the Construction Manager At-Risk to construct a new city hall and police department complex for the City of Travelers Rest, South Carolina. The approximately 17,000 SF complex includes city government offices, municipal court, council chambers, the police station, a public works building, and a visitor's center. This facility will complete the initial vision for Trailblazer Park creating a vibrant municipal campus which optimizes the process for building permitting, business licensing, and city administration. The project will create an entrance to the south side of the city, making way for new development while engaging current recreational opportunities along the Swamp Rabbit biking trail.

At the project commencement, Harper met with the City Officials, DP3 Architects and trade partners to educate them on the Cloud-Based Project Management System and explain how the job would be managed from start to finish using this singular source of project information. The following items were readily available for all parties to access in real-time:

  • Current drawings and all drawing revisions
  • Specifications
  • Change Orders
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Project Photos
  • Access to a live jobsite camera
  • The entire project team’s contact information
  • Signed GMP Contract
  • Submittals
  • RFI’s
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Project Schedule
  • Punchlist
  • Daily Logs

Katie Carroll, DP3 Architect on the job, commented “This is the first time I have worked with a contractor that has completely integrated this platform on all phases of a project and utilized it to its fullest potential.” Harper’s project team used the tool daily to communicate progress, updates and milestones with the City, DP3 or trade partners – whether from the jobsite itself, Harper’s office or during team meetings. All parties were trained on the program functions and overall layout and could be accessed anywhere from a computer, iPad or cell phone with internet service. “The program is extremely intuitive and designed very well for retrieving/dispersing project information. I was able to learn the software fairly quickly,” remarked Katie.

“When the project team has access to the same information at the same time, it greatly reduces the risk of miscommunication and keeps the project on track. I never have to worry if a team member is reviewing the latest drawings or documents,” stated Harper Senior Project Manager, Steve Foushee. “This project was of upmost importance to the City of Travelers Rest and it was the first time the municipality had used the Construction Manager At-Risk procurement method, so we at Harper wanted the whole project team integrated into this system to ensure all parties were on the same page for such a highly public project.”

Patrea St. John, the Planning and Development Director for the City of Travelers Rest, remarked that, “This tool was very helpful in sharing the project progress with the Council and Administration and tracking the change orders and overall budget from an owner’s prospective. Now that we have experienced the effectiveness of this project management software I could not imagine doing another project without it. “

What People Are Saying

“This tool was very helpful in sharing the project progress with the Council and Administration and tracking the change orders and overall budget from an owner’s perspective. Now that we have experienced the effectiveness of this project management software, I could not imagine doing another project without it.”

Patrea St. John, AICP, RLA, LEED-AP
Planning and Development Director
(for Travelers Rest City Hall)