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Case Studies - Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A 185,000 SF private high school built in Cranberry Twp, PA. This ground up structure is a steel structure, brick and metal panel façade with windows.  The total building cost was $50 M and it was delivered with a Hybrid Integrated Project Delivery System with a Lump Sum Contract.

MAJOR IMPETUS FOR HIGHER LEVELS OF COLLABORATION: Cost Control  *  Better Coordination  *  BIM  *  Value Engineering  *  Team Building  *  Claim Avoidance  *  Maximum Safety

KEY PLAYERS: OWNER: Diocese of Pittsburgh; ARCHITECT: Astorino; GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Mascaro Construction; MAJOR SUBCONTRACTORS: Cost Company, Lighthouse Electric and Renick Brothers.

PROJECT TEAM SELECTION CRITERION: BIM Experience & Cooperative with other firms

CULTURE AMONGST TEAM: Cooperative  *  Soulful  *  Flexible  *  Team Oriented

EARLY INVOLVEMENT OF PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS: A major reason why this project was successful was due to Mascaro’s early involvement with BIM, Value Engineering, Schedule Solutions, and Logistics.

TECHNIQUES THAT ALLOWED TEAM TO OPERATE COLLABORATIVELY: Prayer  *  Unique Team Building Exercises  *  “Rocks in the Road” Analysis (A Mascaro Construction pre-construction team building activity to address potential project issues)  *  Demand for Respect at All Levels & at All Times

RESOURCES THAT ENHANCED COLLABORATION: BIM  *  Navisworks  *  Newforma Project Management

QUANTIFIABLE PROJECT OUTCOMES: No Lost Time due to Accidents  *  Met Budget  *  Met Schedule  *  LEED Silver Certification  *  Six Student Workshops

LESSSONS LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT: We would have benefitted from a more coordinated set of documents.

THOUGHTS FROM THE OWNER:  “Collaboration requires solid leadership and the assembly of the right team members.  Choosing the right team is essential.” Michael Arnold, Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh


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