University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Construction manager named for new School of Medicine and Health Sciences

The University has selected the team of PCL Construction Services and Community Contractors to provide construction manager at risk (CMaR) services for the new $122.45 million School of Medicine and Health Sciences facility. The CMaR method uses a construction manager to publicly bid and contract the work. In addition, the CMaR provides the architect with construction information and estimates during the design phase that results in the CMaR guaranteeing a maximum price for the new facility. Selection of the constructor at this time helps ensure that the project will be delivered on time and on budget by joining the essential team members early during the initial stage of development.

The CMaR firms will work with JLG Architects' lead design team to provide cost estimating, construction acquisition and management services. Through their agreement with UND, the CMaR will be contracting with local builders, merchants, and suppliers to provide the approximately 175 – 200 skilled tradespeople and the truckloads of building materials that will be required for this project starting in the spring of 2014.

"The selection of the CMaR is the final major addition to the team that will be designing and building this historic project," said Randy Eken, UND SMHS associate dean for Administration and Finance and chair of the new facility's Building Committee. "The combination of interdisciplinary allied health professional education into one facility promises to be transformative for our state and region. We believe this to be the first community-based health school in the country to have this level of interdisciplinary education housed in one facility. The selection of PCL/Community Contractors is the last component of the great team that will assist us in delivering this monumental undertaking."

PCL Construction Services is a national, employee -owned firm based in Minneapolis, Minn. Community Contractors is one of Grand Forks' largest general contractors and provider of construction management services. They have formed a joint venture partnership specifically for this project, bringing national knowledge and local experience together for the mutual success of this new facility.

-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, (701) 777-2733, denis.macleod@med.und.edu