Staff continuity enhances accountability and team performance
Eliminating information hand-offs between early stage preconstruction, construction, and post-construction phases assures better project outcomes for clients, architects and subcontractors alike.
20-year relationship. $800 million in construction. 20 major projects. Less than 1% cost variance.
Clients’ budgets are sacred. Cost control is a tenet on which our long-term relationships are built. Power facilitates cost-driven design through team collaboration. We establish early target value budgets and strict project controls during construction.
Explore a sample of recent work with Loyola University, and the proactive steps taken to achieve exceptional financial results.
We confirmed design advanced within budget for this 64,000- square foot, 3-story addition by preparing three milestone estimates, and proposed value. Value alternates exceeding $500,000 were proposed. The LEED-certified sports center features a without compromising functional programming of the new swimming pool, cafe, student lounge, workout and exercise space, and office space.
An existing conditions BIM, developed through laser scanning technology, reduced design durations and eliminated field condition change orders on this LEED Certified, 71,000-square foot, state-of-the-art arena renovation. Early procurement of long-lead items and aggressive trades management helped shorten the original schedule by three months, meeting critical athletic competition dates, and saving $325,000.
Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics
Early procurement of a critical “mega truss” helped to maintain an aggressive schedule, while five milestone estimates confirmed design advanced within budget on this LEED Gold-certified, 80,000-square foot athletics building. Value alternates exceeding $1M also helped maintain the target value budget.
Life Science Education & Research Building
Our strong subcontractor relationships helped us provide the lowest competitive lump sum bid on this new 137,000-square foot, five-story academic building. The unique earth retention system was procured under a competitive design-build approach, greatly reducing design engineering fees.
Reuse of pre-existing substructure elements reduced foundation cost and tightened the schedule on this new four-story, 65,000-square foot academic building. BIM technology eliminated all coordination-related change orders, and significant sustainable contributed to this building’s LEED GOLD certification. Use of radiant ceiling panels, chilled beam technology, an energy-efficient envelope, and a “solar chimney” helped reduce energy consumption by x% from ASHRAE baseline.
Institute of Environmental Sustainability
We pulled out all the stops to ensure that this new LEED Gold-certified, 215,000-square foot complex was ready for the Fall semester. Our cost control efforts included evaluating four unique structural systems to help establish a target value budget, utilizing design-build procurement for a $1M geothermal well system and design-assist procurement for a $3.2M, 15,000-square foot, winter garden.
- 50,000+ LOGISTICAL MILES
- 12 SOURCING COUNTRIES
1 WORLD-CLASS MUSIC SCHOOL
SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND COMMUNICATION, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
MISSION: Construct an iconic world-class performing arts building, that would be home to world-class performing arts, on an active campus along the shores of Lake Michigan, sourcing materials from 12 countries around the world. At Power, we approach every challenge with a “can-do” attitude, managing complex timelines with effective materials management programs.
Explore Power’s global orchestra below and discover how materials were gathered from around the world for Northwestern's School of Music and Communication.
RAW ALUMINUM MATERIALS FOR CURTAIN WALL
CUSTOM AIR HANDLING UNITS
SEATS FOR RECITAL HALL
CABLES FOR THE GLASS WALL
SHIVAKASHI GRANITE MATERIAL FOR LOBBY FLOOR
Early procurement protocols mitigated the impact of a massive mine shutdown at the sourcing Indian quarry and helped ensure on-time installation.
SHIVAKASHI GRANITE FABRICATION FOR LOBBY FLOOR
Team visits with the architect to an Italian manufacturing plant helped ensure each custom-cut piece met rigid design standards, eliminating inclusions and unwanted patterns before shipment to the United States. Our team then monitored shipping to critical delivery check points with GPS tracking.
CURTAIN WALL ASSEMBLY
Mexico served as our international hub for curtainwall materials and assembly, including aluminum sourced from South Korea, and glass from the United States. Team visits to the Mexican manufacturing plant helped ensure QA/QC, packing requirements, and timely shipment to the site.
DESIGN SUPPORT FOR CURTAIN WALL
ALUMINUM EXTRUSION FOR CURTAINWALL
Multiple team visits to a South Korean manufacturing plant helped ensure QA/QC and timely shipment of essential enclosure components. GPS tracking of shipping containers helped our team monitor critical delivery check points.
LIMESTONE SUPPORTS FOR RAINSCREEN ENCLOSURE
INDIANA LIMESTONE, GLASS, THEATRICAL RIGGING, LOBBY SKYLIGHT, STEEL, WOOD
WOOD VENEER FOR RECITAL HALL PANELS
Plans are nothing, planning is everything. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Our project teams leverage deep construction experience and actively share knowledge to deliver complex projects seamlessly—from concept to occupancy.
Our world revolves around your project so yours doesn’t have to.
40 years of mission critical facility renovation experience ensures our team understands that your patients, students, and employees come first. With a history of complex renovations in occupied environments and strict construction protocols, we know how to work around business operations to avoid unplanned disruption.SCROLL DOWN
Site Specific Safety Program
Based on the unique challenges of each project, our team will develop a Site Specific Safety Program, designed to protect your building’s occupants by integrating our protocols with campus requirements. The plan addresses issues such as:
- Trades badging, parking, and rules
- Campus and construction traffic routing
- Campus and team communications
- Signage and temporary way-finding with pedestrian safety and neighbor relations management
- Advance notification of utility disruptions
- Construction phasing
- Materials management
- Emergency shutdown protocols
Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA)
One of the most important features of the SSSP, is an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA,), used to prevent contamination, infection, and inconvenience from construction activities. The plan addresses issues such as:
- Air pressurization and monitoring program
- Construction practices in compliance with NFPA 101
- Isolation barriers for protection from hazardous materials, dust, construction debris, etc.
- HVAC duct and fumes protection
- Temporary partitions
- Walk-off mats and corridor cleaning
- Local isolation of smoke detectors to prevent false alarms
MEPFP 3DVIEW APPLICATION
PROJECT: Northwest Community Hospital Patient Care Addition
Conversion of the design team’s 2D CAD documents into a 3D Revit© model allowed us to coordinate all interior building systems through Navisworks© on this eight-story patient care addition.
4D SchedulingVIEW APPLICATION
PROJECT: New City, a Mixed-Use Development
Our construction team developed a 3D BIM using Revit© and Synchro© to sequence the work on this complex project, which included an apartment tower, retail space, medical offices, and a parking garage. We then aligned this with the critical path schedule to plan the most efficient workflow.
6D Facility ManagementVIEW APPLICATION
PROJECT: The Mather, a Continuing Care Retirement Community
Power integrated information from a BIM with physical plant management information to improve long-term building operations through a process called FIM. Clients have the option of incorporating asset tracking through RFID, progress construction photos, equipment specifications, 2D details and sections, all linked digitally to 3D parametric objects. In addition, thru XML coding, your facilities team can gain bi-directional access to all database information, allowing for custom applications and uses.
Below Grade 3DVIEW APPLICATION
PROJECT: The Mather, a Continuing Care Retirement Community
We developed a 3D BIM of all below grade conditions using Revit MEP©, including of all below grade conditions, including soil strata, to facilitate construction of a complex substructure that required integration of existing foundations and utilities with new earth retention, deep caissons, grade beams, and stormwater detention systems.
Measure Twice. Cut Once.
See how Power uses BIM technology to reduce costs, improve quality, and expedite schedules on almost every project.
Existing Conditions SurveysVIEW APPLICATION
PROJECT: Loyola University Gentile Center
After 15 years as Loyola University’s campus arena, the Gentile Center required a complete gut rehabilitation – but we only had six months to do it. With this tight timeline, we knew design delays due to existing conditions were not an option. We used Trimble© technology to laser-scan the entire arched roof structure and incorporated this into a 3D BIM.
PROJECT: Advocate Christ Medical Center Patient Care Addition
We used BIM to support the prefabrication of 128 patient room lavatories for this eight-story addition to the Christ Medical Center campus. Prefabrication allowed us to construct all units at a local warehouse using the project’s subcontractors and local union labor, and then deliver them to the project under a “just-in-time” approach.
5D EstimatingVIEW APPLICATION
PROJECT: Lake + Forest Apartment Tower
For this new 270-unit, 21-story apartment building, the project team was asked to develop an iconic design within a strict construction budget. To accomplish this, our preconstruction team worked closely with the architect and used BIM to quickly evaluate the cost impact of multiple enclosure options proposed.
Logistics PlanningVIEW APPLICATION
PROJECT: The Ability Institute of RIC
Development and execution of an efficient materials management plan was top priority for the construction of this new $400 million physical rehabilitation hospital. Using 3D BIM and StudioMax©, we were able to simulate crane locations, site access points, public protection needs, and more, ultimately ensuring minimal disruption to adjacent buildings.
O7. Pre-installation Conference
Before installation, we gather stakeholders to review installation procedures, validate required environmental limits, and confirm application of Power policies.
O8. Installation Checklists
We combine our depth and breadth of experience with manufacturing recommendations then identify the right professionals to ensure proper installation.
O9. Site Observation
Our team is onsite to review ongoing installation, validate all field testing such as air, moisture, and thermal, and notify the contractor of any deviations.
O4. Submittal Review
We closely monitor shop drawing submittals, reviewing, and editing as needed, and verifying applications with manufacturers.
O5. Product Testing
An enclosure specialist will supervise construction of on- or off-site mockups, oversee critical testing events, and perform selective thermal modeling for atypical conditions.
O6. Plant Visits
Our team of enclosure specialists often travels to the manufacturers for inspections and to review plant quality control procedures, as well as to confirm packaging requirements and transportation plans.
O1. Plan & Specification Review
Key stakeholders confirm why and how the component should be built, examine performance criteria, and outline the timing and sequencing of the installation.
O2. Design Detail Evaluation
The enclosure specialist gathers input from trade contractors and engineers – including tolerances and suggested improvements – to support the architect’s detailed design process.
O3. Subcontractor Qualification
We review a subcontractor’s experience and capabilities, as well as the full supply-chain, manufacturing, and installation approach to ensure the right contractor is chosen at the right price.
Tapping technology serves our clients.
We leverage the latest technology to enable real-time collaboration in the field. Plans and information are always current, so project management is spot-on-saving time and money.