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Design-Build Case Study:

Pierce County Skills Center

Location: Puyallup, WA
Student Size: 570
Size: 47,691 sq. ft. total

Phase I: 22,691 sq. ft.
Phase III: 25,000 sq. ft.
Final Cost: $14.8 Million
Completion Date: 2015
Scope: Scheduling & Construction Management Assistance
Phase I & II: BLRB     
Phase III: Erickson McGovern
General Contractor:
Phase I & II: Babbit Nueman
Phase III: Washington Patriot
Delivery Method: 
Phase I & II: Design-Bid-Build
Phase III: Design-Build
Bethel School District spearheaded the first Skills Center in Pierce County. Phase I of the Skills Center consisted of the development of the campus site, a new 22,691 square-foot building, and renovations to an existing Safeway building (built out in Phase II). Phase III saw the first K12 facility in Washington State completed with the Design-Build delivery method. The Center includes instruction in baking and production cooking, as well as a kitchen for live demonstrations and a student-operated deli. Students can take advantage of a career center and commons.
Hainline was hired during Phase I to provide scheduling expertise and as a neutral party project manager to encourage mutually beneficial compromises and avoid disputes, while ensuring that the project was completed on-time and within budget. Though there was no original guarantee from the contractor to meet the back-to-school deadline in the fall, major progress was made in the four months after Hainline was retained.
Hainline continued on Phase III, creating bridging documents for the Design-Build process, assisting in the selection process of the Design-Build team, and providing miscellaneous project management support during the construction process. 
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