Contract: $1,215,954 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - May. 30, 2009
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Award Description: On 5/30/2009 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded Catalyst Architecture, LLC a contract to provide planning, design, construction management and inspection services for a new Administrative Headquarters and Visitor Center for the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Merced County, California. This much-needed facility is anticipated to combine 11,000 square feet of Administrative space with 4,800 square feet of Visitors Center space into one building. The new facility will replace the present 7,797 square feet of offices, which are undersized for the present staff of 23 permanent full-time employees and 15 temporary employees, and are inadequate for the anticipated need of up to 39 employees. The existing facility is not conducive to efficient use, resulting in redundant equipment requirements, less than ideal communications, lower than desired morale, and higher than necessary utility costs. The new facility will improve management efficiencies by locating the staff on the Refuge, enabling a growing staff to better manage wildlife, habitat and public use. The significant deliverables within each phase of this contract are as follows. Design Development Project Programming/Info. Gathering On-site work sessions/’charrettes’ Schematic Design Diagrammatic layout of the building on the site Preliminary LEED checklist Preliminary Design of Interpretive Exhibits Coordination with Interpretive Exhibit Designer Conceptual Design Preliminary drawings and 3-D sketches illustrating the floor plan, exterior design and site plan. Design Development Design development documents showing essential means and methods of heating and cooling the building, structural elements, sustainable strategies, and Interpretive Design elements. Preliminary CADD drawings of the Floor Plan(s), Site Plan, Exterior Elevations, Building Sections, Wall Sections and 3-D modeling. Energy analysis with investigation of various alternatives to enhance efficiency. Preliminary cost estimate Construction Documents Contract Documents Construction Documents in approved U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service format, submitted at 35%, 65%, 95%, and Final including but not limited to: Cover Title Sheet Overall Site Plan Architectural Sheets (Site Plan, Floor Plan(s), Reflected Ceiling Plan(s), Roof Plan(s), Exterior Elevations, Building Sections, Wall Sections, Details, Schedules (Finish, Door & Window), Specifications) Civil Engineering Sheets (Site Plan – Existing, Site Plan - New, Site Utilities, Paving & Grading Plan(s), Sections, Details, Schedules) Structural Engineering Sheets (Foundation Plan, Floor Plan(s) – Structural, Roof Plan(s) – Structural, Building Sections – Structural, Wall Sections – Structural, Details – Structural, Schedules – Structural) Mechanical Engineering Sheets (Mechanical Plan(s), Details - Mechanical, Schedules – Mechanical) Electrical Engineering Sheets (Electrical Plan(s) – Power & Communications, Electrical Plan(s) – Switching & Lighting, Details – Electrical, Schedules – Electrical) Plumbing Engineering Plans (Plumbing Plan(s), Details – Plumbing, Schedules – Plumbing) Interior Design (Interior Design Floor Plan(s), Interior Elevations, Details, Schedules) Landscape Architecture (Landscape Plan(s), Details, Schedule) Construction Administration Prebid Meeting Answer questions and brief prospective General Contractors Construction Management and Inspection Level One Inspection: Underslab Inspection, Foundation Inspection, Framing Inspection, etc. Level Two Inspection: provide a local construction representative to interact with the GC on an as-needed basis. Level Three Inspection: provide periodic unannounced inspections. Special Inspections: provided by a certified Special Inspection Consultant under the contract of Catalyst Architecture. Change Order Requests Process these, verifying and obtaining approval for all revisions to the plan or contract amount with the FWS Contracting Officer.
Project Description: During this reporting period, Catalyst Architecture, LLC completed the Design Development Phase of this contract. The significant services performed for which Catalyst Architecture invoiced during this period include the following: Design Development Project Programming/Info. Gathering On-site work sessions/’charrettes’ Schematic Design Drawings of appropriate scale showing the diagrammatic layout of the building on the site and illustrating the synopsis of the information gathered during the on-site work sessions. Preliminary LEED checklist compiled to establish realistic goals and objectives. Preliminary Design of Interpretive Exhibits Coordination with Interpretive Exhibit Designer to verify that emerging AE Schematic Design solutions were coordinated with the needs of the Interpretive Design elements. Conceptual Design Preliminary drawings and 3-D sketches illustrating the floor plan, exterior design and site plan. Drawings included materials, volumes, roof pitches and room sizes. Continuing efforts included sustainable strategies, LEED points, cost analysis, and coordination with the Interpretive Exhibit Designer. Verification of code and ordinance compliance. Design Development Design development documents showing essential means and methods of heating and cooling the building, structural elements, sustainable strategies, and Interpretive Design elements. Preliminary CADD drawings of the Floor Plan(s), Site Plan, Exterior Elevations, Building Sections, Wall Sections and 3-D modeling. Energy analysis with investigation of various alternatives to enhance efficiency. Updated LEED checklist to reflect current design. Preliminary cost estimate Design Development drawings submitted to Plan Check Consultant for initial review.
Jobs Summary: Catalyst Architecture, LLC has both retained and created jobs as a result of this contract award. Our current team of 5 employees includes 2 positions that were created as a result of this contract award, and 3 positions that would have been reduced or eliminated were it not for this award. Jobs created include a full-time Architect to perform Project Supervision and Architectural Construction Document Management, and a CAD Tech Level 2 to produce Design Development and Construction Document phase services. Jobs retained include a CAD Tech Level 2 to produce Design Development and Construction Document phase services, a Marketing Coordinator to perform marketing and sales efforts, and an Administrative Assistant. (Total jobs reported: 5)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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