Birmingham City Schools

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Location: Birmingham, AL
Client: Birmingham City School System

In the summer of 2003, at the outset of a major capital improvement program to create dozens of new and renovated schools, the Birmingham Board of Education retained Volkert as their Program Manager to help realize the vision.

The first task was an assessment of all existing school facilities according to categories such as age, square footage, enrollment capacity, current and projected student enrollment, and an overview of the school’s current physical condition. Based on the data gathered, Volkert developed a comprehensive ten-year capital improvement plan to serve as a blueprint for future projects and provided construction cost estimates to achieve compliance with current codes and standards.

Volkert began design work on Phase I of the plan in January 2004,  including thirteen projects for $149 million. Within three years, nearly all of them were complete, with some already in operation for over a year. The projects represented over 750,000 square feet of new or renovated educational space. The program came in under budget with less than half a percent in change orders resulting from errors, omissions, or unforeseen conditions.

Based upon the successful completion of Phase I, Volkert was retained for Phase II, a $405 million program containing more than thirty projects that is now underway, resulting in dozens of new or renovated facilities and millions of additional square feet of educational space for the children of Birmingham. The contract has been extended four times through 2013.

Scope of Work: Needs Assessment, Cost Estimates, Program Management, Construction Management, Project  Scope Documentation, Master Plan, Value Engineering, Agency  and  Funding Coordination, Contract Negotiations