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Commercial | TUTOR PERINI - DALMAR/ELEMENT HOTEL

Valuing Trust

TUTOR PERINI IS BUILDING A DUAL BRAND HOTEL FOR DOWNTOWN FORT LAUDERDALE. BY TIM O'CONNOR

W

ith winds approaching 100
mph, Hurricane Irma was
a destructive force in south
Florida - and a source of
fear for the project teams whose building sites were potentially exposed to the
storm's full wrath.
At 299 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., just north of Miami, crews began
preparing the new Dalmar/Element Hotel
for the hurricane on Sept. 5, five days before
it made landfall. By Sept. 8, the contractor,
Tutor Perini, determined it had done everything it could and sent its field crews home
to prepare their own families for the storm.
When workers finally returned on Sept.
18, they found that their preparations had
been rewarded.
"We're very fortunate in the fact that we
had just started hanging drywall so we had
very little water damage," Project Executive
Scott Prince says. The project lost 14 days
on its schedule, but the building remained
intact. "We work as hard as we can to
mitigate any weather delays but this one is
insurmountable," he continues.
The care Tutor Perini demonstrated in
protecting the job site from the hurricane
represents why developers such as Wurzak
Hotel Group put so much trust in the company. Like many good business relationships, the one between Tutor Perini and
Wurzak Hotel Group began with a referral.
At the time, the Wurzak Hotel Group
noticed the high-quality work being done
on a new W hotel in Philadelphia. The
company asked the hotel's developers who
was overseeing construction and was soon
introduced to Tutor Perini. The father-andson team that runs Wurzak Hotel Group,
Howard and Jake Wurzak, soon chose Tutor
Perini to build its new hotel development in
Fort Lauderdale. "In the initial meetings, the
Wurzaks and I really hit it off," Prince says.
"From there, the relationship has grown."
In building the Dalmar/Element Hotel,
Tutor Perini is serving as the general con-

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Tutor Perini - Dalmar
Element Hotel
Perini has guaranteed it
ยป Tutor
will deliver the project within its
$60 million construction budget.

tractor with a guaranteed maximum price
(GMP) at-risk agreement, guaranteeing that
the company will deliver the project within
its $60 million construction budget. "There's
a relationship of trust and knowing we have
his best interests in mind," Prince says of
Jake Wurzak, who lives in Fort Lauderdale
and is on-site nearly every day. "He's relying
on us to stay on budget, stay on point and
get the best project he can for the money
he's spending."

www.tutorperini.com
* Project cost: $60 million
* Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
* Employees on ite at peak: 150

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Dual Brand Hotel
The 24-story project will cover 411,000
square feet with 323 rooms split between
the two hotels: 114 rooms for Element and
209 for Dalmar. Amenities include a sixth


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