In Houston, we managed the construction of 332,000sf of new office interiors for Foster Wheeler. The project was completed on an aggressive 16-week schedule and, for 6 out of 16 weeks, work was coordinated with the base building contractor. The new 13-story dedicated building included: a conference center with video conferencing capabilities and training facilities; large server room; typical office floors and a management floor with private offices. Although not formally seeking LEED certification, the space was built to LEED Silver standards.
With two construction crews in one space, an extensive site survey and corresponding documentation was completed during preconstruction phase of the interior work. This entailed two weeks of thorough site surveying—740 pictures and formal documentation of existing conditions. The report was distributed to the entire team providing everyone with a record of the work left in the base building contractor’s scope, as well as the existing condition prior to the start of interior construction. Clearly defining the status and requirements of all parties enabled both contractors to successfully complete respective scopes-of-work.
Two sets of custom doors for the executive boardroom required significant research and design/build meetings for our superintendent who worked closely with the manufacturer and the architect to develop solutions. One was a set of pivot doors separating the boardroom from the hallway and another was a vertical-operating door from the hallway to the servery. For the servery, custom millwork doors (2ft-wide, 450 lbs and vertical lifting) were specified. For the pivot doors (eight, 4ft-wide), custom veneer millwork manually operated doors with opaque meltdown glass insets and unique hardware were developed and fabricated. Ultimately, these custom doors ensure the privacy (both audio and visual) of the boardroom while allowing access for those supporting boardroom functions.