Built from the ground up, the new Forest Park Middle School features a two-story layout to accommodate up to 1,350 students at full capacity, serving students in grades 6-8. The building houses 42 traditional classrooms in addition to designated spaces for music, art, consumer education and technical education classes. The building was designed to compliment the surrounding neighborhood and include ample green space.
The challenges? The building needed to be ready for the 2019 school year and leave plenty of time for the teachers and staff to move in and get their new spaces ready for students. The other was keeping the cost within the referendum budget. To achieve both of these we would need to utilize our prefabrication and Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities.
After our prefabrication team evaluated our options, we saw the solution to prefabricate the exterior wall panels of the building. Our project owners who utilize prefabrication on their projects are experiencing up to 10% in savings in cost, 25% savings in schedule, 16% decrease in fall hazard exposure cases, and a 90% reduction in waste.
These savings lead to less activity on site – meaning fewer trucks and cars on the job site throughout the day, less noise disruption to students, and nearly no waste disruptions to playgrounds and student activities. Because of the quicker speeds, we are able to seamlessly complete our work while you complete yours with virtually no disturbances.
If you are looking to complete your construction project prior to the start of the school year, prefabrication allows us to take full advantage of the vacancy during the summer months and increase the speed of the schedule significantly. It is our priority to complete our work so you are able to start yours in the most efficient and effective way possible.
For this project specifically, using prefabrication saved one month on schedule allowing the building to be enclosed in three short weeks which also avoided winter construction work and weather conditions. The project also came in under budget, the referendum value approved by voters was $43 million and the final construction cost was $40.1 million.