In January 2018, Moss Construction awarded APG a $2.2 million contract for the core and shell electrical and fire alarm portions of the Nova Southeastern University—Dr. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine in Clearwater. Tampa Bay cardiologist, entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist Dr. Kiran C. Patel provided the gifts and financial commitments to make this project a reality. The mission of the college is to provide learner-centered education for osteopathic medical students, post-graduate trainees, physicians, and other professionals. It will prepare competent and compassionate lifelong learners, support research, scholarly activity, and community service, and advocate for the health and welfare of the community, including the medically underserved.
Our portion of the project has since expanded to a more than $13 million contract, including security, voice/data and BIM services. This job has presented unique challenges. One is the location near the Courtney Campbell Causeway, close to the water. Due to the low elevation and proximity to the bay, the entire site had to be built up. The marshy surroundings also mean that working during dawn or dusk involves battling mosquitoes. The compressed schedule has also been a difficulty, as the building is 225,000 square feet. Thanks to the hard work and skill of our team, we are overcoming these challenges, and we are grateful for their dedication.
This design-assist project has also offered many opportunities for us to use our talents and abilities. We were brought into the process while the project was still in design development. We then collaborated with Moss Construction, Dr. Patel’s team, NSU, ACAI Associates, Baker Barrios Architects and RDG Consulting Engineers to produce the construction documents, all while the building is being constructed, saving time and increasing efficiencies and quality. We are able to draw on our many years in the industry, specifically our experience with design-assist, to ensure that we deliver a quality product, on time and in budget. This results in a project that the entire team can be proud of.
Project Superintendent DJ Hall and his large crew of field technicians have been going above and beyond to keep the project on track and in budget. We are confident that this complex project will be complete in June 2019 in order to be open for students in the fall semester next year. We are happy to play a role in bringing this college to life, as we know that it will continue to have a positive impact on the Tampa Bay area.
All of us at APG were excited to earn this contract and we greatly appreciate having been selected by Moss Construction as their electrical contractor of choice. We are proud of the hard work of Terry Ryan, preconstruction special projects, Austin Buxton, senior project manager, DJ Hall, project superintendent, and the entire team on site. Keep up the great work!