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Duval County Public Schools | Atlantic Beach, FL

Facility Investigation

As part of a Continuing Services Engineering Contract with DCPS, GM HILL was retained as a Prime consultant to lead the design team of architects and engineers as the Project Manager and to provide structural engineering services for the repairs and renovations to multiple facilities including classrooms, kitchens and administration offices. GM HILL provided comprehensive inspection and structural engineering services for the structural Repairs for Atlantic Beach Elementary School.  The project scope for Atlantic Beach Elementary was a two-phase approach. The first phase was to perform site and facility investigation surveys, preliminary designs, programming, schedule development, value engineering and cost estimates associated with cracking in existing interior non-load bearing cmu walls.

The second phase was to design and detail repairs for the kitchen, storage, and restrooms and provide construction documents.  During the design phase, we performed a programming and value engineer study and presented the client with various options to reduce overall construction cost and save time during construction.  We determined that it would be less expensive to rebuild interior walls utilizing metal studs and gypsum in lieu of replacing with cmu walls and new foundations.  In addition, the spaces were reconfigured to allow for additional storage in the storage rooms and retrofitted the existing restrooms to make the ADA compliant.  GM HILL was the Prime consultant for the work scope described with inclusion of both Architectural and MEP and Fire Protection sub-consultant services.

The objective of the design was to rehabilitate the existing buildings in the most efficient, time and cost sensitive manner also bringing the restrooms up to current codes.  The project scope required the design of the building components in an expedited time frame.  The construction is on a fast track schedule while the students were out for the summer break and had to be completed in a 3-month time frame.

Construction Cost $60,000