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Commercial | TURNER CONSTRUCTION - GREAT WOLF LODGE

thing was collaborating with the subs and preplanning to know
when to dig and when not to dig," Bargoti says.
Subs were trusted to provide feedback on the schedule and to
come up with their own plans - with Turner approval - for how to
tackle various construction challenges. "The subs end up talking to
each other," Bargoti says of the group effort. "They're coordinating.
We're just facilitating at that point."
Turner also saved time by utilizing its own self-perform crews
to pour the concrete for the hotel structure, conference center and
main building. The only concrete work it did not self-perform was
the frame of the waterpark building, which required a specialty
tilt-up process. "That worked out for us very well because we had full
control of that labor force," Bargoti says.
Overcoming those weather obstacles kept the project schedule on
track. Work on the resort was about 45 percent complete as of early
June, according to Bargoti. The entire waterpark structure was in
place and about 50 percent of the roof was installed. Turner was in
the process of pouring concrete for the sixth level of the seven-floor
hotel structure and 95 percent of the structural steel for the multipurpose building and conference center was done.
The next stretch of work will include completely enveloping the resort buildings to allow for the start of interior work. Turner will begin
working on the roofing and building skin as subcontractors prepare
for the theming component of the structure and interior sections.
Once the waterpark building is completely enclosed, Turner will

LaGrange, Ga., resort is unusual
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because it includes a public-private
partnership element.

hand that part of the resort off to a specialty pool contractor to install
the pools and slides. Bargoti says the waterpark work should take
about 10 months.

Lessons Learned
The LaGrange resort is an unusual project because it includes a public-private partnership element. The 30,000-square-foot conference
center portion of the project will actually be owned by the city of
LaGrange and is being financed through a taxpayer-backed bond.
Once completed, the city will own and operate the conference center.
Great Wolf Lodge is the main client, but the city's stake in the project means that it has a say in decision-making as well. Bargoti says
the city has representation at all the project meetings and is kept
informed of any changes. "There is a heavy coordination component
with the city and they've been great to work with," he adds.
But the primary stakeholder remains Great Wolf Lodge. "It was a
true partnership," Bargoti says of working with the resort company.
"One of the things that helped us out is the fact we have built this
type of facility before for the client." The Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange is the fourth resort project Turner has built for the company
- the others were located in Grapevine, Texas; Garden Grove, Calif.;
and Mason, Ohio.
"Having done these project with Great Wolf and all the lessons
learned creates that trust between you and the client," Bargoti
explains. "You understand what their priorities are, you understand
their constraints as far as the budget and schedule."
Turner's experience with Great Wolf Lodge not only gave the

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