Large-Scale Advanced Development and Engineering Lab Facilities Panel: Challenges and Best Practices

This presentation will focus on the complexities of the construction of unique research facilities across the nation, and the specific needs and challenges of designing, estimating and constructing a new one-of-a-kind, large-scale advanced development and engineering lab facility that is opening in April 2018. The new state-of-the-art facility in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, which is seeking LEED Silver, is a large test facility that will be used for the development and testing of mechanical equipment weighing as much as 25 tons. In addition to sharing their knowledge, the expert panelists will engage the audience in Q&A for useful strategies for this type of project.

Based on the team’s recent work in designing and constructing this new large-scale, state-of-the-art advanced development and engineering facility, the session will explore challenges and solutions related to the design process from conception through construction documents; preconstruction activities including pricing, value engineering, subcontractor partnering strategies and logistics planning for a facility in a remote location; and construction activities including procurement, document control, coordination, scheduling and cost control. Attendees will learn in detail certain aspects of the project elements for driving efficiencies in cost and schedule, while balancing flexibility in systems and building components for technologies that are rapidly changing and advancing in complexity.

Attendees will learn:

• The value of early contractor involvement during the design process.

• Best practices in Value Analysis to drive cost efficiency.

• Lessons learned in subcontractor partnering strategies.

• Keys to successful design and construction collaboration during project execution in the field.

AIA CES Unit: 1