BMC Completes Another Day School Phase

August 1, 2009

Boyd Martin Construction LLC is wrap-ping up construction of the middle school for the Las Vegas Day School, the fourth phase in a large expansion project at the school located as 3275 Red Rock Street, near Jones Boulevard and Desert Inn Road. Boyd Martin also completed the second and third phases, all under a design-assist negotiated contract, working with Wells Simpson Coulter architects.

The current phase is a 27,000-square-foot classroom building constructed of a masonry shell and steel and wood roof structural framing. The middle school will include 11 state-of-the-art technology-driven classrooms and a complete administrative wing. It will be accented with stucco and decorative metals on the exterior.

The builder's contract includes demolition of an existing structure, new landscaping, playground equipment, sports courts, synthetic turf and additional parking. These site improvements will cover 6.5 acres. The current phase will bring the total Day School projects to 72,000 square feet.

The school year and the middle school's location combined to make this — the fourth of five phases — a difficult challenge for Boyd Martin Construction to overcome, according to Matt Spurgeon, the project manager and estimator on the project.

"There were several operational buildings to work around, and construction had to go year-around while children used the other buildings constructed during the previ-ous phases," Spurgeon said. "With students attending school, site safety was a priority. Due to the learning atmosphere BMC had to keep distraction to a minimum as well."

Phase 4 is located in the middle of the site, so all access had to go through occupied spaces, making this a special challenge, and requiring precise coordination with the daily school schedule. All deliveries and access had to be scheduled around the arrival and departure of students thereby eliminating any potential hazard to the students.

Because of the building's being constructed throughout the school year, it was substantially completed prior to the majority of the site development activity which started June 8 and must be complete by Aug 15.

The new site improvements all had to be done during scheduled school breaks, with the bulk of the work being done during summer vacation. BMC has demolished the existing middle school, including hazardous waste abatement, site regrading, site concrete, masonry screen and retaining walls.

All has gone to plan, according to Neil Daseler, president of Las Vegas Day School

"We have been extremely pleased with all of our BMC projects," he said." Boyd Martin is a fair, honest and knowledgeable contractor.  BMC has critical skills in budgeting, estimating, scheduling, and quality project supervision. Boyd Martin Construction is a credit to the construction industry and I can recommend them without reservation."

The project is another example of Boyd Martin Construction's developing strong working relationships with clients. This phase and previous projects for the Day School have proven successful within both schedule and budget constraints.  

Company Managing Member Boyd Martin said his firm "has excellent and experienced project management staff that pay attention to every detail of complex, owner-occupied projects like this one. It is always a pleasure to work with the Las Vegas Day School. They operate with integrity and want nothing less than the best for their students. Therefore, each project BMC undertakes is approached with that in mind. The middle school project was particularly enjoyable for BMC, as each classroom is loaded with the latest in educational technology.  From the initial design program from the Las Vegas Day School, to the design by Pugsley Simpson Coulter, to the construction of the actual facility by BMC, the finished product represents a cumulative effort to provide only the best for the students of the Las Vegas Day School."

The project is overseen by Boyd Martin's Spurgeon and Superintendent: Jim Harris.

AGC-member subcontractors on the job include Pete King Commercial for metal frame, drywall, paint, wall covering and acoustical ceilings; SAFE Electronics for fire alarms; and Roberts Roof and Floor for single-ply roofing.


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