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A Running Start: How Comprehensive Pre-planning Helped One Campus Achieve the Impossible

COAA Webinar: December 10, 2019  2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

Project planning must be decisive and fearless. This presentation demonstrates the importance of up-front decisions and investments to ensure smooth processes, effective teams, and achieving cost and schedule targets. Go behind the programming, design, and construction scenes of a $108 million 890 bed, 290,000 square foot student residence hall, completed in a staggeringly brief 24 months. In this presentation, Kathy, John, and Sam will introduce themselves and their role in the presented case study, emphasizing the connection between integrated planning and physical campus development. The speakers will set expectations for the presentation to prepare Owners for a deep dive into the benefits of communication and project planning. Kathy will talk about the need Marquette felt to fast-track this project and the initial resistance she faced when the 24-month timeline was announced. In institutional context, she will link this planning effort to existing campus feasibility studies and master plans, connecting this project to the greater campus framework. Kathy will discuss the P3 deliberation and the careful crafting of their RFP, which set up the delivery process to meet a tight schedule. She’ll also discuss how they kept the decision-making group lean, helping to expedite decisions though careful and targeted thought processes. Sam will talk about his approach to this project from a contractor perspective, discussing the crucial knowledge presented to him and the rest of the team, how he used the latest Building Information Modeling techniques, and the way newly adopted communication tactics impacted the design and building process. Sam will also talk about how Marquette was able to evaluate the project in real-time due to their pre-project planning, and how this expedited the design and development process. John will give attendees insight into how this fast-tracked project impacted the building side; how Findorff was forced to take different risks, change their process, and work together more consistently and carefully in order to meet tight deadlines and benchmarks. The three speakers will lead the audience in a mock pull planning session, identifying critical path items as they immerse participants in a process designed to imitate how Marquette set up and executed their project. The activity will include creating interview questions and creating a timeline for a fast-track project. Owners will leave with an approach outline for design, procurement, and construction so they can adopt the fast-track practice of committing partners early, educating them thoroughly, and allocating resources to the unexpected.


Learning Objectives

1. The ability to comprehend and appropriately apply different scheduling methodologies, specifically critical path, lean design, and pull planning.
2. Change the traditional project approach by working backwards Increase the integrity and confidence of your internal team, changing the way you approach RFPs and communicate with external partners.
3. Help participants revise their current project timelines, having identified what’s really plausible if your team has the right drive and clear objectives.

This webinar has been approved for one AIA Learning Unit. 

Registration Rates

  • Member - $99
  • Non-member - $149

Paid registration only recognizes individual participation and only one person will receive credit for attendance. However, the webinar can be viewed by a group in a conference room setting for no additional cost.


Meet the Presenters

Sam Rajamanickam, Principal, Design Collective Architects
Kathleen Kugi-Tom, Project Manager, Marquette University

John Feller, Director of Project Management, Findorff & Son Inc.