Student Housing Business

MAY-JUN 2018

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CONSTRUCTION TRENDS May/June 2018 65 row in 12 months or less," says Brent Little, president of Foun- tain Residential Partners. "Also, we are almost never developing a vacant site and must allow signifi- cant time for abatement, demoli- tion, replatting, utility relocation and infrastructure improvements, which were previously not a major timing issue when we were build- ing on vacant 20 acre sites two miles away from campus." Little says this scope of work alone can add six to eight months in some instances. The increase in advanced devel- opment responsibilities can put pressure on a construction com- pany's already strained access to and relationship with laborers. "We're competing with mar- ket-rate apartment construction, senior living and hotel projects, and we're all vying for the same workforce," says Jim Moon, direc- tor of housing for Phoenix-based hardison/downey construction. Like Winnerman, Moon says he's increasing the amount of supervisory staff to manage a base of sub-contractors. With fewer skilled laborers, additional super- vision is required to ensure qual- ity. Additionally, he's urging his clients to utilize pre-construction services such as design assist, which brings in critical trades during the design process so that any issues are ironed out long before shovels hit dirt. For example, hardison/downey is building a 636-bed live-learn honors college for American Cam- pus Communities at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The project consists of 172,018 square feet of residential space, 19,755 square feet of classrooms and staff offices and 12,882 square feet of amenity space, including a fitness room, lounges, study rooms, laundry rooms and a large community space with an indoor/ outdoor fireplace. "We pre-selected Suntec as the concrete subcontractor for some design assist collaboration," says Lisa Buelna, director of busi- ness development for hardison/ downey. "Because of the tight schedule and tight site conditions in Flagstaff, it was imperative to get these guys involved early to get a jump at the start of the proj- ect. Partially due to the success of this strategy, this project will be delivered on time to ACC this summer." Moon is also concerned about how proposed materials tar- iffs could affect pricing and says pre-construction also helps drive developers to select materials with more stable pricing, such as concrete compared to steel. BRENT LITTLE President, Fountain Residential Partners

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