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Commercial | WILLIAM A. RANDOLPH INC. - TRAILHEAD MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT
RANDOLPH USES PANELIZED CONSTRUCTION TO BOOST PROJECT QUALITY AND SPEED. BY ALAN DORICH
illiam A. Randolph Inc.
is a National Commercial
builder with 60 years in
Business. Randolph has
developed the expertise to build projects
such as the Hyatt Place in Royal Oak, Mich.,
using leading edge construction methods
that meet its customer's requirements. The
company's experience helped it determine
that the best approach for these buildings
was panelized construction.
"We believe it's more cost effective than a
precast structure and masonry and hollow
core plank," Project Manager Peter Farquhar says. "It's the optimal structure that
provides quality and economics for this
type of building product... and have become
leaders in this field."
Randolph is building the six-story hotel
in Royal Oak for developer Trailhead RO
LLC, a group of investors led by the Namou
Hotel Group. The project also includes an
eight-story apartment building next door to
the hotel and a two-story parking deck. "It's
approximately 300,000 total square feet for
all three buildings," Farquhar says.
The parking deck will be finished in
June 2018, and Randolph will complete
work on the hotel in July. The contractor
also will break ground on the apartment
building this December and have it finished by April 2019.
The 123-room hotel is not Randolph's first
Hyatt project. "We've built five Hyatt projects," Farquhar says, noting those include
locations in Chicago and another Hyatt Place
that is under construction in Milwaukee.
Doing it Better
Panelized construction provides cost advantages for multiple reasons, Farquhar says.
Because the panels are manufactured in a
plant, "The consistency and the accuracy of
the panels is better than what can be done
in the field," he explains.
The panels also are engineered and
designed to the building's specific require-
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panelized construction, Randolph reduces
lead time and can complete construction faster
than on a typical project.
ments, allowing it to reduce the floor to
floor heights. "We're also able to close a floor
in two weeks," he says.
"That's a much shorter time frame for
constructing this hotel than a typical project," he continues, adding that Randolph
will finish the hotel in 12 to 13 months.
"That is a significantly shorter duration
than most of our competitors."
Panelized construction also provides
a shorter lead time. "The lead times for
precast cast are often six months or better,
whereas we can get these panels in three to
four months," he says.
"It's a more timely process, and we
believe it's a higher quality product than
a wood construction," Farquhar says. "It's
probably comparable in cost, but you can't
build this particular project with wood
construction due to height limitations.
Due to building code, wood structures are
sometimes limited to four stories or less."
Randolph also has provided design
guidance on this method during the project.
"This is the first project that we're aware
of in the greater Detroit [area] that's using
William A. Randolph Inc. -
* Total construction cost: $45 million
* Location: 400 - 460 N. Main
Street, Royal Oak, Mich.
* Employees: Approximately 100
"We've bui five Hya projects
in e past five years."
- Peter Farquhar, project manager
this steel panelized process," he says. "We're
working closely with the local designers
and subcontractors to show them what's
necessary and how to build them."
Randolph needed to complete extensive
site work on Hyatt Place's location. "The
site had been built on for over 100 years,"
Farquhar says, explaining that the contractor had to remove 6,000 cubic yards of old
"We mined the sand that was there, and
we created a very ideal foundation for this
project moving forward," he recalls. "From
a green perspective, we were able to recycle
most of the concrete."