Providing accessibility to meals for more than 1,000 hungry students while building a 30,000-square-foot new building and renovating an additional 35,000 square feet became the immediate challenge for MKS at the beautiful Manchester University campus. MKS was selected as the construction manager and general contractor in the midst of the design development phase. Value engineering provided by MKS at the request of the college reduced the final cost by $1 million.
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