James Bland Housing Redevelopment

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Project Name: James Bland Housing Redevelopment
Location: Alexandria, VA
Owner: Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority
Designer: various
Project Budget: various
Brief Description:

Downey & Scott performed Cost estimating, cost verification and value engineering services for phases I,III, IV, and V of the James Bland Housing redevelopment project, which encompasses five City blocks. Additionally our team developed reports detailing inconsistencies and/or omissions with the contract documents. 

We reviewed and reported on the accuracy of allocations and divisions of separate work with regards to the triplex, multi-family and market rate units. We reviewed and commented on the GMP contract between the owner and design-builder, and made recommendations to the city regarding our findings.  Additionally we attended several onsite and teleconference meetings with the client and general contractor.

The redevelopment will allow for James Bland to be a mixed income community.  The plan included the demolition of the existing 194 public housing units and construction of 379 new residential units, of which one third (134 units) are public housing units and two thirds (245 units) are market rate units.  

All five blocks of James Bland are located within a historic district, so the architecture of the new buildings is meant to blend in with the existing residences in style and scale. The five block redevelopment occured in five phases with each block as one phase. 

SWaM: Small, Women and Minority-Owned ASPE ASHRAE AACE International CSI: Building Knowledge. Improving Project Delivery SAVE: Adding Value. Enhancing Ideas.