Vertex supports higher education institutions throughout all phases of construction, from renovations to new development, as well as during routine operations.
Over the past decade, VERTEX has successfully managed over $1B in higher education capital projects. We know from experience that the greatest challenge of major developments and renovations is the potential disruption of campus operations, so we have identified key techniques and approaches to make the process predictable and minimize the impact on your community.
Proactive Planning & Designing
First and foremost, colleges and universities are collaborative environments and our preconstruction processes embrace that spirit. We identify and engage all stakeholders, both academic and operational, early and often throughout the design phase and proactively identify critical risk factors. By doing so we avoid the costly consequences of revisiting design decisions as the project progresses. Additionally, our iterative cost-estimating processes provide ongoing cost feedback and translate to a predictable design phase that sets aggressive and achievable expectations for your project.
Minimize Campus Impacts
The impacts of construction on an active higher education campus don’t need to be disruptive. Our approach to construction mitigation starts early in design by establishing construction impacts as key criteria in the design process and recognizing the importance of building the academic calendar into the project schedule. By taking advantage of key opportunities (seasonal breaks, inter-sessions) and avoiding impact at critical times (exams, commencement), our approach substantially reduces the construction footprint.
VERTEX believes new capital projects offer exciting opportunities to showcase institutional advancements in communication and collaboration. We integrate communications seamlessly into the project delivery cycle by utilizing an online portal to collaborate with our institutional and project partners. For external communications, we manage project-specific “town halls”, bulletins, and a project communications website to keep your campus community up to date on advancements and impacts.
Cutting Edge Technology & Sustainability
VERTEX incorporates the latest thinking in sustainability and resilience, employs lean management techniques, and utilizing integrated design and construction methods to provide project solutions that lead the industry in efficiency. we provide project management services tailored to your priorities. Our in-house specialists in these and other forward-thinking practices complement our traditional project management skills and technical services to assure your project team can meet all challenges a project will present.
Innovative Project Controls
While the design and construction industry has seen many technological and productivity advances in recent years, VERTEX knows the formula for the success of any project still relies on the day-to-day execution of a sound project management plan. To keep your project on time and within budget our project managers establish and update an accurate project budget that foresees all possible costs and contingencies to develop and maintain an aggressive yet achievable schedule.
Our approach to commissioning and turnover starts at the beginning by developing a thorough understanding of your facility, technology, and related departments’ standards and expectations. With a consistent check-in plan during design, we are able to ensure the final result meets all expectations. Additionally, we commit to post-occupancy check-ins to ensure the building’s performance meets everyone’s expectations.
Additional Solutions Offered On Higher Education Campuses And Schools
VERTEX is an industry-rated top Design Engineering, Construction Project Advisory, Environmental, and Forensic Consulting company that is value focused and operates with a constant sense of urgency. We are comprised of professional managers, engineers, and scientists who provide valuable, innovative solutions for routine operations as well as during renovation and development.