The WCU Brown Hall Renovation and Addition is a NC State Construction Management at Risk project. Brown Hall is composed of over 38,000 sf of renovation and 26,000 sf of addition and also included revamping WCU’s central energy plant. The end result is a modern student dining facility with additional office space for a few departments, as well as swing space that supports student activities. As the CM at Risk, Vannoy delivered over 8 months of preconstruction services, which included constructability review, design coordination, budgeting, bid scope development, bid advertisement, public bidding, and a comprehensive Value Engineering from Schematic Design through 100% Contract Documents. Brown Hall was bid in three phases to help mitigate schedule impacts due to design development, while assisting with contract procurement and allowing the project to accommodate non-concurrent activities and shorten the critical path.
Brown Hall provides the university a strategic pivot point between the original campus, student housing, and the College of Art and Sciences, while providing new campus dining options along with an integral Steak-n-Shake and outparcel Starbucks. Additionally, the 2nd Level is programmed to provide new offices for Student Support Services.
The WCU Steam Plant Renovation was currently funded as an emergency project and Vannoy was able to help ensure the project was competitively bid, while capturing the economies of scale associated with the concurrent activities of Brown Hall by bidding the project as an alternate. The project required continuous coordination with university maintenance and facilities staff as the major demo and renovation was completed while the facility remained operational.
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