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2018 Project Leadership Award Winners Annouced

Posted 01/21/2019, by COAA

La Jolla, CA – The Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) announced the winners of their annual Project Leadership Awards at the Fall Owners Leadership Conference held in La Jolla, California. The awards acknowledge and promote leadership, professionalism and management excellence of Owners involved in the design and construction process.
The 2018 Project Leadership Awards winners are stellar examples of leadership and excellence in the construction industry,” said Gwen Glattes, president of COAA.  “On behalf of all our members, I congratulate this year’s winners and commend them on their outstanding efforts.”
The Awards Committee is comprised of presidential-appointed COAA members.
This year the committee selected two Gold Award winners:

Michigan State University (MSU) for the Spartan Stadium South End Zone Addition Project
The $13 million (owner budget) Spartan Stadium South End Zone Addition project involved a 25,000 square foot, single-story addition with 239 restrooms, four new concession stands and an expanded pavilion with a donor plaza and new ticket gate entrances.  With an aggressive seven-month schedule, it necessitated critical decisions and innovative solutions to ensure the facility would be ready for use by the start of the 2017 football season.
In their submission, MSU stated, “This project demonstrably proves what happens when team members remain focused on delivering a project of exceptional value and remarkable quality. And, doing so while remaining flexible to changing course(s) when it is in the best interest of the customer. There were numerous challenges, but every one of them was met with a positive CAN-DO attitude. A team attitude that led to delivering this project three days early, despite added scope at the 11th hour to an already extremely aggressive schedule. It was also delivered on-budget and to the complete satisfaction of the client and all end users.
Gold Award
University of Central Florida for the Research I Project

R1-linkedinX.jpgResearch I began programming and design in October 2014. At the time of its planning, only one end user department was known - the Materials Characterization Facility (MCF). The ultimate program of the building includes 79 NFPA 45 labs, 84 offices, conference rooms break rooms, and support rooms. The building is three stories and is 105,775 gross square feet. The Building was started in two Phases, Phase 1 was roughly 2/3 of the total building area, with Phase 2 as the remainder.
The construction of Phase 1 started in January 2016. Well into construction, funding was provided for Phase 2 of construction, which started in September 2016. Therefore, they had one project site and one building, with two phases that were months apart in construction progress. To complicate matters, mid-construction the University began to make decisions on the occupants for the generic labs. This essentially created a design project within a construction project. Ultimately, facilities recommended a two-month schedule extension to Phase 1 for the added work, and that Phase 2 be extended to align with the Phase 1 deadline so the building could open as one structure. This greatly simplified the commissioning and turnover process, and ultimately proved to be a successful strategy.
While this project was not without its challenges, the team effort did allow for the building opening on schedule in January 2018. Research I is a model research building for UCF, and is a key physical asset to help UCF reach its next level of research success.
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Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) was founded in 1994 to serve the interests of construction project owners. Comprised of a diverse group of men and women representing construction project owners throughout America, COAA is committed to the continuous improvement of the design and construction process to maximize Owners’ project success. COAA supports this mission through education, information, scholarships and developing relationships within the industry.