gkkworks was selected to provide construction services for this project which includes a dedicated outpatient research clinic with a patient reception and waiting area, examination and procedure rooms, laboratory for specimen processing and storage, and secure research records storage. Our involvement began in the schematic design phase, and included management of the design, approval, construction, close-out and occupancy phases. The CDCRC has become a central resource for clinical investigations of health conditions, which disproportionately affect under-served and understudied ethnic minorities. The CDCRC is anchored by three major NIH-funded collaborative research groups—the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Group, the HIV Medicine Research Group and the Atherosclerosis Research Group.
The laboratory building is constructed on a previously developed part of an existing hospital site. Several utilities required relocation and undergrounding to make way for the new building. Some underground utilities did not match the available as-built data and designs needed rapid revisions to maintain adequate progress. Utilizing our in-house cost estimating team and construction staff, we were able to survey the existing utilities, make the design adjustments and start the tie-ins without impacting the schedule. The challenge of this project was to adjust the program to meet the current funding available. Detailed estimating was performed at each phase of development to keep the project on target.