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Cedar Crest College - Tompkins Center

    2nd Floor Servery Renovation

2010 Excellence In Construction Award Winner

Miller, Miller & McLachlan was contracted as the Construction Manager to work with the owner and the design team to help value engineer the design and manage the construction of this project. The project went through several design changes to meet the aesthetic, functional and budgetary considerations of the owner.

This $386,000 project included renovating 5,600 square feet on three floors of the Tompkins College Center while the owner continued to occupy building.

The time line on the project was very challenging because the owner needed to open the Servery as soon as possible for the new school year but the design process was further complicated because the local architect had to work with an out of state food services provider that desired to maintain control of the aesthetics and functional layout of the space. Additional challenges included identifying materials to replace originally specified imported long lead items that had to be changed in order to meet the required timeline. Final drawings for the project were not completed until mid July and submitted for third party review which was followed by permit review.   To reduce the overall construction timeline the demolition was completed during the permit review and full construction was not able to be started until early September. That left approximately one month to complete the majority of the renovation in order to be ready for equipment and furniture installation.

To add an additional challenge to the tight timeline, the College decided to hold a previously scheduled Trustee reception in the area and the Construction Timeline had to be reduced by one week to meet the new deadline.

The final challenge to the schedule was that as soon as the demolition began it became apparent that much of the existing HVAC and Electrical work would meet code and had to be almost totally removed and replaced.

The building also remained occupied during the construction and work in the lower floor dishwashing area and the Cafeteria area on the floor above had work that had to be done in off hours so that they could remain operative during construction.

The project included the construction on a new main servery, a secondary servery, a coffee bar, internet café, back area and a dining room.

Despite all the challenges the project was completed on time and under budget.   The owner’s representative knew this could only be completed in this time line because of the efforts of Miller, Miller & McLachlan, Batten Architects, Lehigh Valley Engineering and all the subcontractors working together. Miller, Miller & McLachlan is proud to have been part of the team that completed this aggressive project on time and under budget.

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