Downey & Scott's involvement in this project started at the early concept design level in 2009. We acted as the owner’s program manager for both design and construction of this facility.
As overall construction managers we were responsible for items such as ensuring strict adherence to owner specifications, schedule and budget, onsite inspections and documentation, along with regularly reporting to the City Manager and the City Council as to the status of this project. Our firm also performed enhanced building system commissioning for this entire project.
Construction started March 2012 which included the interim J&DR Court Facility and demolition of two existing buildings within the footprint of this new 78,000 GSF facility. After demolition of the two existing buildings our firm scheduled and coordinated both phase 1 and phase 2 archeological study which yielded significant Civil War findings dating back to the first battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. At our insistence and due diligence two months was built into the schedule to allow a full and complete archeological investigation of the site. After these findings we had the design team incorporate into the building interpretive display of these significant archeological finds. This effort was reported on by national and international press.
The project required sheeting and shoring on two active downtown city streets, and excavation of approximately 20 feet deep of half a city block. This project concluded on-time and under budget in part due to our value engineering effort, with zero change orders, and no claims.