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Familiar Feeling P irtle Construction Co. has made a name for itself in the Florida construction market for taking on projects across a number of sectors, including education and public safety. This expertise within these key segments of the industry made Pirtle Construction an obvious choice for construction manager-at risk of the City of Miami College of Policing & School of Law, Studies, Homeland Security and Forensic Sciences. This structure is among the first of its kind that will house the City of Miami Police Department’s training facility in the four-story building as well as accommodations of approximately 500 high-school students. The building will house classrooms, labs, administration, kitchen and dining room, gym, locker rooms, media center, auditorium, firing range, student dormitory and a pedestrian bridge connecting to the Police College. “It’s a perfect marriage,” Project Manager Nick Huseman says. “As many things that were new about this building, there were many things we could rely on.” boasts »Pirtle Constructioneducation experience in the and public safety sectors. Institutional | PIRTLE CONSTRUCTION – COLLEGE OF POLICING & SCHOOL OF LAW, STUDIES, HOMELAND SECURITY & FORENSIC SCIENCES A HIGH-PROFILE JOB IN MIAMI REQUIRES THE CAPABILITES OF PIRTLE CONSTRUCTION. BY BRIAN SALGADO High Profile The $35.4 million project was under a spotlight from the start as one of the first truly unique projects funded by federal stimulus funds. That meant from the groundbreaking in April 2008 to October 2009, Pirtle Construction and the rest of the players on the job were constantly under the watchful eye of the media and various officials from the city, county, state and federal government. In fact, the project had to be shut down when Vice President Joe Biden was given a private tour of the work in progress. But that was hardly the biggest challenge that arose during construction of the 140,000square-foot, four-story building with a fifthfloor MEP penthouse. According to Huseman, the extra attention was a nice touch for a company that he feels does not receive enough recognition for its work. “The exposure is wonderful,” he says. “We’ve done so many good things in the county, it’s nice to have a star project that kind of reflects what you’re capable of doing.” Pirtle Construction Co. www.pirtleconstruction.com • Project cost: $35.4 million • Scope: 140,000-square-foot police academy and high school “As many things that were new about this building, there were many things we could rely on.” –Nick Huseman, project manager Various Delays That exposure showed the rest of the industry how Pirtle Construction adapts to changes in the schedule when various challenges arose that would potentially lead to delays. For instance, with groundbreaking delayed because of permitting issues, the scheduled encountered two rainy seasons instead of just one. This led to the number of rain days that required work to be shut down. The project planned for about 20 rain days, but it experienced almost 50 that slowed progress. “The weather specifically hurt when we installed sidewalks,” Huseman says. “We could not install lime rock, curbs and some of the sidewalk because of the fact this stuff constantly a big pool. It rained almost for a month straight.” Pirtle Construction made up for the lost time by mitigating the progress toward the end of construction with the help of the subcontractor team. Huseman says this required scheduling work for night shifts and double shifts, especially when it came time to install polished concrete surface flooring and erecting the precast storefront metal insulated aluminum panels for the envelope. “It’s a major element of the design,” JANUARY 2010 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January 2010
Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
Construction Today - January 2010