This project involved the conversion of a 252-room hotel in downtown Lowell to a 400-student residence hall and inn/conference center (ICC).
Challenge: Kleinfelder completed the fast-track study and design for this $5.5 million hotel conversion. The project allowed only three months to complete design and construction to meet fall student occupancy needs, while simultaneously addressing design and construction of the ICC. Work included architectural design and programming, upgrades to existing HVAC and sprinkler systems, site planning, and cost estimating and construction administration.
Solution: Fee and scope negotiation was completed in one day, enabling the project to move forward quickly. Kleinfelder conducted intensive charrette meetings with stakeholders to rapidly arrive at a consensus solution. To meet schedule demands, concurrent design of student housing and the ICC was prepared, with construction moving forward on student housing to meet the September move-in schedule.
Project Results: By focusing on the residence hall portion of the project and creating a partnering atmosphere among project stakeholders, Kleinfelder met the aggressive completion date for student occupancy in September 2009. As a result, the University was able to provide safe and attractive student rooms, while maintaining their amicable and productive relationship with local and state building officials.