This 100,000-square-foot School of Architecture building for Florida International University includes a complex of art studios, gallery and review rooms, administrative and faculty offices, and a parking garage. In addition, the facility houses a 200-seat auditorium, four large classrooms, and offices for the College of Urban and Public Affairs.
The design included an enclosed courtyard and an outdoor gathering space with royal palms (Roystonea spp.) to create an area where “architecture and landscape become one.”
PACO Group provided scheduling and cost estimating services for this project. Our work involved preparing detailed cost estimates for educational facilities at different levels of project completion; conducting comparative cost analyses of different building systems to determine their cost effectiveness; conducting value engineering studies of selected projects; analyzing change-order requests presented by contractors; and assisting the board in the development of bidding strategies for upcoming projects. Services also include monitoring the contractor during the construction phase to ensure timely completion of the project, change order negotiation and approving progress payments.