Space Florida Engineering and Technology

In May 2013, Space Florida named Barton Malow as construction manager for its new Engineering and Technology Center. The center was developed to foster the growth and development of a sustainable and world-leading aerospace industry in Florida. Construction commenced on November 4, 2013 and was substantially complete 322 days later on September 22, 2014.

Space Florida’s 74,524 square foot facility consisted of five distinct areas:  Prototype manufacturing shops and labs, Engineering Offices, Design Studio, Client Welcome Center and Employee Welfare and Support Area. Barton Malow provided preconstruction and construction services for an original budget of $17,000,000.

Value Engineering

Working with Space Florida and the end user, Barton Malow identified $2,404,908 of value engineering alternates that reduced our initial Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) to $14,595,092. Through the use of Owner Direct Purchases, we further reduced the contract value to a final GMP of $11,694,200.

Unique Challenges

The Engineering and Technology Center presented a unique challenge from its very onset. This project served to enhance the end user’s ability to design and manufacture an industry-leading executive jet airframe and supported their ability to project their brand in the global marketplace, therefore, the finished project had to create an inviting environment that attracted and retained the best human talent in the aviation industry.

The design of this project created a building nestled within a natural landscape. A significant portion of the 13-acre site was designated as tree save areas and preserved in their natural state. This limited our access to the building on both the north and south elevations and created challenges in sequencing and erecting the concrete tilt-wall panels. Barton Malow decided to build the facility from east to west beginning with the prototype manufacturing module and then working our way through to the engineering office modules.

Barton Malow also identified the entrance canopy as a significant challenge. Embedded within the canopy structure was fire sprinkler piping, lighting and power circuits, access control devices and tele/data circuits along with over 5-1/2 miles of post-tension cables and several tons of concrete reinforcing. Architecturally, the canopy was a very unique shape. Supported by tapered elliptical columns and a monumental sheer wall, the canopy cantilevered 45 feet over the entrance plaza and driveway. As the signature element in the project, it was imperative that we “get it right.”

Innovative Programs for Scheduling

This project was a fast-tracked delivery. Barton Malow committed to completing the project in under a year. This meant that our schedule had to be highly detailed to coordinate all of the elements within that time frame. We began by utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) to develop our site utilization, phasing and logistics plan. This model was time sensitive and showed the overall logistics for the project at each and every phase. We incorporated these documents into our bid package so that all of the subs would understand what limitations they would face and what their responsibilities would include.

Once we began installation of the finishes, Barton Malow used a modified work schedule consisting of a 6 day 60 hour work week. To support this schedule in the field, Barton Malow assigned four superintendents to the project. Each superintendent was responsible for a specific area and/or trade contractor. This insured that all of the trades were coordinated within an area and that we did not sacrifice quality in the interest of speed.