Hunter Roberts provides comprehensive construction management services for all types and sizes of projects. Although our work is complex, our approach is simple: we will coordinate, supervise, and execute the construction work to assure that the project is completed safely, within the budget and schedule requirements, and at the quality documented during pre-construction/design stage. Through the use of our own experienced and professional management staff, subcontractors, and suppliers we will provide the necessary labor, materials, tools, and equipment to complete the construction, punch list, and turnover.
Hunter Roberts constructed this iconic, 51,286-SF building for the Annenberg School of Communications, which includes a 45-foot atrium decorated with an intricate skylight tube steel structure, a broadcast studio, assembly space, administrative offices, and conference space. This unique project, designed by the renowned architect Fumihiko Maki of Tokyo along with Ballinger of Philadelphia, features an exterior aluminum and glass curtain wall on all four sides, with a secondary internal wood and glass curtain wall 18 inches apart and with operable windows, thus creating a double skin. In addition to the building construction, the contract also included campus wide infrastructure improvements such as chilled water lines, gas distribution improvements, and telecommunication and electrical upgrades. The infrastructure improvements directly impacted and benefit 13 additional buildings on campus.
At the time the work was contracted, the project was over the University of Pennsylvania’s budget. Hunter Roberts identified over $3 million in possible changes to reduce cost, while still maintaining the architectural integrity and vision of the project.
To address the traffic issues, our project team designed and constructed a series of boardwalks, ramps and cantilevered bridges to route pedestrians away from the building site, allowing the campus community to function normally during the construction. In addition to the challenges of allowing people to move around and literally over the site, proximity of our site to neighboring buildings required extensive underpinning to strengthen and stabilize the foundations of the existing structures during construction.
One challenge facing the Hunter Roberts team was how to create an environment where the eight subcontractors needed to complete the 45-foot high atrium could operate simultaneously in a safe and effective manner. Our team successfully produced a plan for scaffolding the entire atrium, with working platforms at each level, which provided all of the subcontractors access to the ceiling and the surrounding walls, railings, and wood panels. Hunter Roberts provided effective oversight, coordination and management of more than 40 subcontractors and suppliers. Hunter Roberts’ effective implementation of our construction management systems, which incorporate planning, scheduling, expediting, coordination, supervision, and risk management, ensured that the subcontractors, suppliers and work force were directed and working toward the goals of the project.
Hunter Roberts completed the project within budget and on schedule. Our team worked aggressively to meet all key construction milestone dates. We received over 50 design change bulletins on this project, all of which were priced, reviewed by the University’s staff and released for construction. In spite of these changes, the contract completion date was only adjusted 15 days from the original date. Due to Hunter Roberts’ ability to contain the costs resulting from these changes, the University found additional funds in excess of $1 million to change all of the surrounding plaza pavers and stairs to granite.