On March 24, Foreman Program and Construction Managers (FPCM) joined Greater Latrobe School District and the project team in breaking ground for their new elementary school. The lineup included five fourth-graders from the District.
Situated across from Greater Latrobe’s current admin building, the new building’s site is a level area that will transform playground and field into a new building with two 2-story classroom wings, a cafeteria with stage, full-prep kitchen, gymnasium, media center, science/technology classrooms, band/music rooms, a center for student creativity (CSC), offices, and support spaces. The project went out to bid in early 2017. Construction is expected to last until July 2018 and the building will open for the 2018-2019 school year.
FPCM, known for their Signature Multiple Prime approach, was chosen by Greater Latrobe School District to manage the construction and save the owner money. We will be working with other professional firms Axis Architects, Pyramid Engineering, and Air Balancing Engineers who all play a role in the 124,000 SF building. True to our Signature Multiple Prime approach, FPCM advised the District to add two prime contracts to the state-mandated four (General, Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical). FPCM determined that the owner could save money by contracting directly with the Roofing contractor. We also suggested contracting directly with a Food Service Equipment Contractor for additional savings. These packages, usually in the General trades contract, would have the individual contractors’ markup plus the General trades markup had FPCM not broken them out.