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Ursuline Academy of Dallas/Campus Improvements Program


Location: Dallas, TX
Client: Ursuline Academy of Dallas
Square Feet: 120,000
Stories: 2
Services: Project Leadership
Description

Buildling Solutions was the project leader for a $20 million campus improvement program, which reached completion in the fall 2009.  The program included the 68,000 sf French Family Center for Science, Math and Technology and a $1 million addition dedicated to the vocal and orchestral music program.  The final phase entailed renovating Main Hall classrooms for English and faculty offices. This construction program was executed under extremely tight space constraints and schedule demands, requiring installation a 27-unit temporary classroom "village" before any work could commence.  The French Family Center was the first classroom building in the southwest to be certified LEED Gold by US Green Building Council. The Music Building received LEED Silver rating. 


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The Situation

To achieve an important strategic goal of establishing a first-class science and math education program for women, Ursuline mounted a capital campaign that attracted funding from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many other well-known donors.  Site constraints and zoning restrictions limited the planning options, and added challenges to construction sequencing and staging.  


Value Added by Building Solutions

Buildling Solutions saved Ursuline upwards of $2.5 million on the first two phases, by exercising its construction knowledge and project management skills.  Areas for savings ranged from purchasing strategy of the temporary classrooms, management of furniture and technology specification, and contractor sourcing for the Music Building package. Through management of the LEED certification effort, the cost of enhancements instigated by the LEED rating system was less than 1% of the total project cost, and provides an ongoing payback.


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