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Redesign Saves Budget and Schedule
PROJECT NAME
  • Charles R. Drew Charter School
    Junior and Senior Academy
PROJECT LOCATION
  • Atlanta, Georgia
PROJECT TEAM
  • Owner: Education
    Real Estate LLC
  • General Contractor: JE Dunn
    Construction Group, Inc.
  • Architect: Perkins+Will
  • Engineer: Newcomb & Boyd
  • Subcontractor: McKenney’s, Inc.
SPECIALIZATIONS
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Design/Assist
  • Plumbing Shop Prefab
  • bdoc
  • Pipe Shop Prefab
MARKETS
  • Education

cKenney’s helped redesign, then install mechanical systems at the new Charles R. Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.

THE CHALLENGE

The initial project design was substantially beyond the school’s budget, requiring significant redesign efforts. This postponed the project start, and McKenney’s had to fast-track mechanical

system installation to keep the overall construction project on schedule.

THE SOLUTION

McKenney’s worked closely with the general contractor and engineer, assisting in the redesign from a more commonly used water source heat pump system to a unique self-contained unit (SCU) system—lowering mechanical costs by 25 percent. To overcome delays due to redesign, McKenney’s used Building Information Modeling (BIM) to keep the

team ahead of schedule. They also used embeds and prefabricated piping and plumbing components to expedite installation, guided by a spatial positioning system to optimize accuracy during layout.

THE RESULTS

McKenney’s completed the mechanical installation within the original budget and faster than planned. The construction project is expected to be finished in time for the school’s opening.

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