Company:
RBF Consulting, a Michael Baker International Company
Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Small Project of the Year
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Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Building Replacement Project

Project Location:

Irvine, CA

Project Description:

For more than 80 years, the 475-acre Irvine Regional Park has been maintained by a large crew of Orange County employees and volunteers working from an outmoded collection of dilapidated shop buildings, storage facilities and offices. Design for the new Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Building Replacement Project began in 2008 and included the demolition of the five existing maintenance facility buildings and construction of three buildings: an office building, a maintenance building, and a shop building. The site improvements included new electrical service, fire service, and bio treatment/infiltration trench WQMP. During the design phase, obtaining a LEED Certification became an obvious choice to ensure that the new facility would be water and energy efficient, would be constructed out of sustainable materials, that the natural setting would be considered and honored, and that the indoor environment would promote optimum efficiency from the employees. The new Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Facility became the Orange County Park system’s first LEED Certified buildings.

RBF Consulting, a Michael Baker International Company was contracted as the Construction Management firm for the Design-Bid-Build project.  During the project development/design phase of the project the CM Team went over and above analyzing the program phasing, bid alternates, the commitment to safety and quality, building consensus with the maintenance team to facilitate an expedited construction schedule, and management of the environmental mitigation measures to the site.

Project Justification:

As its first LEED Certified building, the Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Facility represents the future of construction with the Orange County Parks system. The CM Team’s commitment to sustainability standards was demonstrated by working closely with the Design Team and Contractor’s LEED GA to incorporate construction materials, methods and practices to deliver a LEED Certified project, exceeding expectations and delivering a Certified LEED Silver project (1000009805). The CM Team demonstrated the depth of resources and flexibility on the Irvine Park Maintenance Facility Construction Project by providing a separate constructability review and construction estimate of the potable water system construction upgrades project that would serve the Maintenance Facility, LEED Oversight and Qualified SWPPP Practitioner Services, and a constructability / bidability review of the Maintenance Facility, which involved several meetings with all the stakeholders.

The CM Team suggested that temporary facilities be erected, in lieu of the proposed phasing of the facility, and expedited construction duration by 25%. Key to the success of the cost control was the document review, mandatory pre-bidding, addendum coordination and issuance – which led to the bid presenting well under the Architect’s estimate by more than 30%. The CM Team’s commitment and attention to safety paid off with no recordable injuries throughout the construction period.

Special Circumstances:

The major obstacle to overcome was to complete the project within the schedule requirements of the owner. Bad weather, challenging plan check coordination, and unforeseen septic tanks that required abandonment were poised to set the project back. The CM Team, in collaboration with the engineers and design teams, created time-saving solutions to keep the project on schedule. Effective communication between the Architect, CM Team and plan check engineers to effectively coordinate the deferred submittal process.

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Award Citation::

The Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Building Replacement Project replaces five 80 year-old maintenance facility buildings in Irvine Regional Park with three Certified LEED Silver structures. These are the first LEED Certified buildings in the O.C. Parks system. The project was completed early and under budget.

Suggested Award Summary:

For more than 80 years, the 475-acre Irvine Regional Park has been maintained by a large crew of Orange County employees and volunteers working from an outmoded collection of dilapidated shop buildings, storage facilities and offices. Design for the new Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Building Replacement Project began in 2008 and included the demolition of the five existing maintenance facility buildings and construction of three buildings: an office building, a maintenance building, and a shop building. The site improvements included new electrical service, fire service, and bio treatment/infiltration trench WQMP. RBF Consulting, a Michael Baker International Company was contracted as the Construction Management firm for the Design-Bid-Build project. 

As its first LEED Certified building, the Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Facility represents the future of construction with the Orange County Parks system. The CM Team’s commitment to sustainability standards was demonstrated by working closely with the Design Team and Contractor’s LEED GA to incorporate construction materials, methods and practices to deliver a LEED Certified project, exceeding expectations and delivering a Certified LEED Silver project (1000009805).

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