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Architect: Wulff Architects, Inc.

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This historically significant, adaptive re-use project features 147,000 SF of student residences for Philadelphia University. The project commenced in September, 2010 and was ready for occupancy in the Fall of 2011.

Axis Construction Mgmt. was selected to join the developer's team (Ironstone Realty) for the pre-construction phase of the project in the Summer of 2009 after the initial construction estimates exceeded the budget for the project. The 8-month pre-construction phase was completed on an "at risk" basis by Axis. Aside from the challenges normally associated with developing projects of this scale and nature, the project was economically infeasible. The owner challenged Axis to reduce the "bricks and sticks" cost without compromising the architect's design intent or the owner's vision of superior student residences for Philadelphia University.

The hands-on team included an Axis principal, estimating team and project management staff working in concert with the owner, architect and various Axis design / build subcontractors. The team's hard work finally paid off in the Fall of 2010 when the project's budget goals were eventually met, funding was approved, and Axis was awarded the contract.

  • Preconstruction completed on a "CM At Risk" basis
  • Contract Deliverable = Lump Sum Contract ($15m)
  • Design and Build Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Suppression and Plumbing
  • Jobsite labor harmony (various mix of Merit and Union Labor trades)
  • 147,000 SF of adaptive re-use (former hospital facility to residences)
  • Historically significant exterior façade restoration and approved window replacement
  • 131 contemporary student residences
  • (6) modernized elevators
  • New Auditorium and Lecture Hall
  • Design Studio and Study Space
  • Free Student Laundry Facilities
  • Fiber-Optic backed WIFI
  • Fitness Facility and Bowling Center (privately owned)
  • State of the art off-campus security systems
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