Challenge: Peak was hired by our client at the very beginning of the project to provide construction management services throughout the design phase of the project and guide the project through design and construction. While the Owner budgeted the project as a typical wood framed structure with Marriott brand prototypical requirements, the actual municipal and Marriott requirements imposed on the project precluded assumptions such as Type V wood framed structure, electrical wiring in MC Cable, typical guest room load center panels, and floor by floor corridor make up air. Additionally, extensive foundation scope with soil improvement was originally anticipated by the structural engineer working as part of the Owner’s A/E team, which was outside of the owner’s budget, as well.
Solution: Peak quickly determined that municipal requirements precluded this hotel from being built as a typical Type V wood framed structure and worked with the Owner and Design Team to budget alternate structural systems including reversing the Type V wood framing to a Type III wood framed structure, which was the most economical option. Additionally, as Bolingbrook did not view the project as a residential type of building, Peak worked closely with the Owner and Design Team to collaboratively value engineer the plumbing and HVAC systems to overcome cost implications resulting from the City requirements for conduit and wire and commercial electrical panels versus simple load centers in every guest room. Peak worked closely with Marriott and our mechanical subcontractor to provide the Owner with a lowest cost solution to meet Marriott guestroom corridor fresh air requirements when the engineering solution provided by the Owner’s Team did not meet Marriott requirements. Finally, Peak expedited construction to complete the sitework through parking lot paving prior to the wood framed structure delivery at the beginning of the project to 1) Virtually eliminate the impact of weather on the project, and 2) Provide the cleanest and most organized jobsite possible. These built-in efficiencies lead to reduced overall project schedule duration and allow for earlier than anticipated operational hotel revenue to overcome cost impacts to the unexpected cost challenges of the project.