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'I've never delivered a project
late since I've started. It's just
not in my DNA.'
million-plus out," Kubricky says. "We had
to relook at everything but we gave them
pretty much everything they asked for."
Another area where Okland learned from
Barton Malow was in the race-ready operations, the preparation that occurs before a
race. Although PIR is undergoing substantial changes, the venue continues to hold
NASCAR and IndyCar races throughout
construction. To avoid disrupting events,
the shutdown process begins about a week
before a race and the total downtime is
usually about nine days.
That's not to say that all work ceases.
During shutdown periods, Okland reviews
construction progress and continues to coordinate with subcontractors so they can move
quickly as soon as construction resumes.
the project into 10 packages that could
be individually reviewed by the city. That
way, the company could obtain the permits and begin work on sections that could
be more quickly permitted, such as the
storm drain system, while it simultaneously refined the design on other parts of
the project. Okland preached urgency and
worked with the project's two major architects, Rossetti and DLR Group, to fast-track
designs. The final building permit was
obtained on June 7, about four months
after construction began.
Work on the renovation of the existing grandstand, pedestrian tunnel, new
midway bar and grill and new grandstands
are underway this summer, but a lot of the
most aggressive construction will occur
next year. "The big, big push is going to be
next spring and summer doing the entire
infield in that five-and-a-half month window we have before that November race,"
He knows it will be a challenge to meet
that deadline, but Kubricky is confident
Okland can finish the project on time. "I've
never delivered a project late since I've
started," the 25-year construction industry
veteran says. "It's just not in my DNA and
I have a team of professionals that feel the
"We were excited to be a part of the project," Kubricky continues. "We know this
is a challenge and we love challenges. We
thrive on it. We think we have a good game
plan but we haven't built one of these
before. We want this to be as successful as
PIR continues to hold NASCAR
and IndyCar races throughout
the modernization project.
Like the stock cars zipping around the oval,
speed is the key to the PIR project. Work
began in mid-February and is scheduled
to finish before the Can-Am 500 in November 2018, giving Okland about 21 months
to complete the work. "We had to get this
designed and permitted in a six-to-seven
month window," Kubricky says. "That was
quite a challenge for our design team."
To speed up the process, Okland broke
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