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Commercial | SWINERTON CONSTRUCTION - OAKS BUSINESS PARK

Staying Consistent

SWINERTON SET EXPECTATIONS EARLY ON TO CREATE BUY-IN ON THE OAKS BUSINESS PARK PROJECT.

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onstruction crews once relied
on fax machines and the post
office for the speedy delivery of
project documents and plans.
But nowadays even instant messaging
isn't instant enough. On the Oaks Business
Park project, a three-building distribution
center development in Livermore, Calif.,
Swinerton Construction is using PlanGrid
to coordinate its offices with field personnel.
"We live in a now generation and a now
society," Project Manager Justin Cochrane
says. "Being able to communicate effectively
and quickly is key."
That kind of quick coordination is key for
projects such as the Oaks Business Park that
must be built on a set schedule and require
a high level of consistency every day.
The Oaks Business Park development began about a decade ago but progress stalled
during the recession. The site remained vacant for several years until developer Trammel Crow Co. revived the project. Trammel
Crow approached Swinerton to bid on the
project as a general contractor because it
was being financed by the carpenter's union
and had a mandate that 100 percent of the
workers involved in the building would be
union employees, a requirement Swinerton
could fill.
In addition to its in-house union crews,
Swinerton's size and capacity made it a
good fit for the development. The 128-year-

Swinerton Construction -
Oaks Business Park
www.swinerton.com
* Project cost: $56 million
* Location: Livermore, Calif.
* Employees on ite at peak: 170
* Scope of work: Distribution centers

"Any ing at you do is
literally et in tone. Remaining
consistent is very key."
- Justin Cochrane, project manager

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Oak Business Park required
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100 workers on site for more
than eight months straight.

old company operates in the western half of
the United States with offices in Colorado,
Texas, Oregon, Washington, California and
Hawaii. "That we could actually do a job of
this size within the schedule played a huge
factor," Cochrane says.
Construction on the three buildings
began in April 2015 and was completed
at the end of June. The first tenant, Tesla
Motors, has already moved into buildings
one and three. The development is located
on 70 acres off Highway 84 and just south
of I-580, making it an attractive location for
companies that need access to transportation routes. The finished site includes three
different cold shell buildings ranging in size
from 294,940 square feet to 635,533 square
feet. Combined, the structures contain 1.3
million square feet of space.

Strong Startup
Although Swinerton has a long history of
managing large projects, the Oaks Business
Park development is the first time Cochrane

has overseen a job of this scale. "Building a
building has the same parts and pieces," he
says of the experience. "But I think overall
when you have three buildings going simultaneously it comes down to sequencing
and having the right team in place in order
to execute."
Pulling off a 1.3-million-square-foot
development requires buy-in from all the
subcontractors and a good team mentality.
That process began with the project's kickoff
meeting, Cochrane explains. The company
used that time to introduce itself to the
subcontractors, lay out its expectations and
emphasize they were all in this together.
"People can say that all day long but it's a
matter of follow-through," Cochrane says.
The follow-through started fundamentally
in the field as the subcontractors strived
to build trust while Cochrane handled the
back end work at the office level.
Swinerton's in-house crews completed
all of the project's concrete work along with
the doorframes, hardware and signage on


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