The intent of this project was to accommodate growth between Summit County Fire and Summit County Ambulance Service (a joint venture) with the construction of a Multi-Jurisdictional Emergency Services Administration Building. The facility is an 11,000sf, 2-story building that provides offices and shared conference room space for Summit Fire and EMS.
DCS represented the specific interests of Summit County Fire with respect to schedule and budget. There were many instances where numerous stakeholders, differing agendas and lines of communication proved challenging. DCS played an integral role in facilitating communication and working to establish parameters within the relationship between the two departments to ensure project success.
Unique Circumstances and Challenges:
- Team dynamics – Informal project commitment between Summit County Fire and Summit County Ambulance.
- Project Site – Previous dumping ground for County construction waste. Removal of waste immediately depleted all of the established project contingency and caused a delay in schedule leaving no room for weather delays or unforeseen conditions that would typically require the use of contingency.
- Budget & Schedule - DCS worked tirelessly to ensure that any additional claims for schedule delays or additional funding were fully vetted to minimize overall impact to the Owners.
- DCS Hired as Subconsultant to Architect - This arrangement required DCS to approach the management of the design team and process from a new angle, while still protecting the Owner’s interests
While there were many unique circumstances and challenges that occurred during the design and construction process, DCS played a vital role in ensuring that the project continued to move forward. Each complication was accompanied by an opportunity to work together as a project team and find new and unique solutions, ultimately delivering a building that Summit Fire and EMS could be proud to own.