We constructed the 80,000-square-foot academic building to host the new Manchester University School of Pharmacy on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus on the north side of Fort Wayne in 2012. The facility features teaching labs, research labs, classrooms and a conference services area. Using the design-build process, we completed the project two months ahead of schedule and under the original budget. We were also able to meet the university's goal of creating a highly energy-efficient building that's well-suited for future expansion.
The Technique proved to be successful on our project. In fact, having been involved in other projects using more traditional approaches, I prefer using a design-build approach, like the Technique. By having the general contractor lead the project and be involved in all aspects of the construction, we were able to be more nimble during the construction phase - we were able to make changes quickly, identify problems before they developed, and get maximum savings from the value engineering process.Whitney Caudill