Looking to revitalize an aging historic downtown, the City of New Albany teamed up with the YMCA of Southern Indiana to build a new fitness center and natatorium. Shireman was hired as the Construction Manager.
A distinctive yet challenging architectural design required coordination and strict quality control over the low-bid contractors. Shireman closely coordinated between the City and the Y to make sure both parties were constantly informed, their interests protected and needs satisfied.
The multi-story building needed a deep foundation to support its weight and wind load. We performed a cost analysis among auger-cast piles, driven steel piles, and concrete caissons. The base estimate of auger-cast piles appeared less expensive. However, upon further review of the soil reports, we chose driven steel piles in order to remove the risk of cost add-ons that auger-cast piles would have yielded. The project finished $630,000 under budget, which the owner used for additional new equipment and debt reduction.
The end result was a controlled site budget that was delivered on schedule. This project has proven to be the anchor that downtown New Albany needed for revitalization. The facility is extremely popular and has spawned numerous new local businesses around it.
I have been through two major construction projects and thus far there is no comparison to the quality of the management services on this project.
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