Lundgren Management will receive the 2016 Project Achievement award for K-12 education projects in the $11 to $50 million range.
The award, presented by the Southern California Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America, will be given at the CMAA chapter’s 24th annual gala April 21 in Los Angeles.
It marks Lundgren’s work as construction manager of the new David G. Millen Intermediate School, which opened in the Palmdale School District last August. The CMAA represents more than 11,000 firms and individuals, with a focus on promoting the use of construction managers on projects.
The school is located at 39221 22nd St. W. in Palmdale. While the original construction estimate was $32.9 million, the project was completed at a cost of $30.7 million. Construction started in January 2014 and was wrapped up at the end of August 2015. The original deadline for completion was December 2015, but in light of increased student enrollment in the district, Lundgren was able to help streamline the process and accelerate the timeline so the school was able to open to students in August, on time for the 2015/16 school year. The project was completed using the Construction Management Multiple-Prime delivery method.
“The work completed by the Lundgren team on the Millen school is a case study in the excellence we strive to bring to every project with which we’re involved,” said Shawn Fonder, Lundgren’s vice president of program and client services. “It’s an honor to work with clients such as the Palmdale School District and have the CMAA recognize the work of each of the project stakeholders.”
As construction manager for the project, Lundgren oversaw 24 prime contractors. In addition to a clear communication process throughout construction, Fonder said the project benefited from a thorough pre-construction effort between Lundgren, the school district and the design team, resulting in a streamlined bidding and construction process.
Covering 96,000 square-feet on 16 acres, the 40-classroom school is designed with its facilities surrounding a central courtyard and multi-purpose space, providing a safe and secure environment for students. The school includes standard, science, music and home economics classrooms, an art lab, computer lab, special education classrooms with flexibility for large group and individual instruction, a library and media center, a gymnasium and physical education center, locker rooms, a multi-purpose room/cafeteria and administrative offices. As a California STEM school, the site serves students in seventh and eighth grade and specializes in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
“We consider Lundgren to be the residing expert in the public school construction field,” said Al Tsai, maintenance and operations administrator for the Palmdale School District. “We have partnered since 2007 on numerous capital improvement and construction projects, and the Lundgren team works tirelessly to ensure that all aspects of the project will enhance student learning.”
Lundgren has been a CMAA member for nearly 20 years, and 2016 marks the company’s fourth award from the association. Last year, the company received the award for Building/Renovation in the $11-50 million range for modernization work at Santa Barbara City College, in addition to being named Silver Member Firm of the Year.
Fonder added that the school’s construction was also an example of how Lundgren embraces leading technology to ensure projects are completed with transparency and efficiency. Using the services of Multivista, the school district staged numerous cameras to capture ongoing images of at the project site. The resulting visual document serves to provide the client with regular updates of construction progress, and the photos are added to the project’s architectural plans to create an even further detailed plan that proves invaluable for future maintenance or reference needs.
“Incorporating technology such as this allows us to not only streamline projects through the construction process, but also throughout the useful life of the facilities we construct,” he said. “This will also provide the Districts well-detailed records for future reference, which our clients always appreciate.”
About Lundgren Management
Founded in 1987, Lundgren Management is a full-service construction management firm based in Valencia, with additional offices in the Inland Empire and Central Valley areas. Lundgren provides construction, program, and project management services and alternative delivery methods, plus general contracting services through its Lundgren Builders division. For more information, visit www.lundgren.net or call (661) 257-1805.