Campus: CSU Chico -- May 14, 2004

Top-ranked Firm to Build Innovative New Student Services Center

California State University, Chico has chosen a top-ranked construction firm to build the new Student Services Center using an innovative construction management style of project delivery.

Turner Construction was chosen from among 10 firms vying to build the $34 million Student Services Center, a four-story, approximately 120,000 square-foot building estimated for completion in summer 2006.

Chico is one of the first campuses in the CSU to begin a new building project using the “Construction Management (CM) at Risk” method. In prior projects, the university selected low-bidding contractors according to previously drawn architectural plans. Using CM at Risk, the construction firm, instead of the architect, is responsible for construction cost estimation; works with the architect on the design and development of construction documents; bids the trades work to subcontractors once the construction documents are complete; and provides a guaranteed maximum price for construction that is within the budget set for the project by the campus.

“CM at Risk has been used successfully in the private sector for some time,” said Dennis Graham, vice president for business and finance. “We are very pleased that CSU, Chico has been approved to use this project delivery method as part of the CSU’s pilot program. It is expected that this method will save time, money and provide improved quality compared to the design-bid-build method that was previously used.”

Among construction firms specializing in CM at Risk, Turner Construction has been ranked number one by Engineering News-Record for the past four years.

Founded in 1902, Turner Construction is one of the best-known builders of educational facilities in the world. In the past 10 years, the company has completed more than 450 educational projects with a construction value of $5.1 billion.

Since establishing a Northern California office in 1964, Turner has completed more than $2 billion in construction in the region. The firm’s recent California educational projects include the $14 million UC Davis Tercero Dining Commons (2004), the $57 million UC San Francisco at Mission Bay Community Center (2004) and the $65 million UC Santa Cruz Student Housing and Dining Hall (2002).

“We are extremely impressed with the number and quality of the contractors who participated in the selection process for this project,” said Paul Zingg, president of CSU, Chico. “The selected contractor, Turner Construction, has an excellent reputation for being cost-effective with very high-quality performance. We are pleased to have them on our project.”

CSU, Chico will not only feature new construction delivery methods via the Student Services Center, but also a progressive approach to an environmentally conscious building. The Student Services Center will be built following standards established by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a program begun in 1999 by the U.S. Green Building Council.

When completed, the Student Services Center will be one of the first new state-funded construction projects in the CSU that is LEED-certified. Energy efficiency, sustainable materials selection and indoor environmental quality are some of the considerations that will go into making the building a “green” project.

Turner Construction was a corporate sponsor of the LEED standards and has 16 projects that have received or are pending receipt of LEED certification, including the $115 million Cal EPA headquarters and the $150 million CalPERS building.

Funds for the Student Services Center were approved by state voters as part of Proposition 47 in the October 2002 election. Offices of admissions, financial aid, advising and career planning and placement are some of the planned occupants. The building will be located at 2nd and Ivy streets.

Contact: Joe Wills, 530-898-4143


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