Loveland Classical Schools (LCS) is a charter school serving over 700 students in the Thompson School District. DCS provided customary owner’s representative services for the construction of their brand-new, 52,850 sqft, 2-story high school facility. The facility encompasses all spaces necessary for a complete high school including a gym, commons/cafeteria, music, art and drama classrooms, and special education spaces, to name a few.
Prior to construction, DCS successfully guided LCS through the process of land acquisition and project funding. Project scope also included site development, parking and storm water detention.
The initial project budget was limited, ultimately requiring removal of the gym from the project scope. DCS and the project team worked diligently to reduce costs in other areas without reducing program or scope, with the goal of being able to reintegrate the gym into the project later on. Several strategies included, but were not limited to:
- Identified irrigation and water tap fees as being a significant expense to the project and worked with the City of Loveland and design team to identify strategies to reduce tap sizes and costs:
- Re-worked the landscape and civil design to reduce the size of the required irrigation tap;
- Installation of specific fixtures within the building allowed for reduced water usage and smaller water tap.
DCS worked proactively to ensure that the gym alternate was added back into the project scope before the contractor demobilized. This effort contributed to monetary and time savings on general conditions and remobilizing costs. The gym was wrapped up just in time for winter sports.
In addition to the above budget and schedule challenges, DCS provided full owner’s rep services assisting in securing bond financing as well as coordination of the architectural design and engineering team, general contractor, kitchen equipment vendor and FF&E vendor.