In August 2014, Belmont University celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the new Wedgwood Academic Center building. In a news article on the University website, the intended purpose of the building is described as being: “…designed for daily interdisciplinary collaborations, and it provides classrooms and laboratories that not only represent the latest thinking in academic spaces but will also greatly enhance hands-on experiential learning.” 1
Although construction on the project took over two years, Steve Ward and Associates had been working with the contractor and design team on the project since approximately 2012. The contractor, RC Mathews, found our input during the budgeting stage very beneficial as they worked diligently to balance the design requirements with the project budget. Since we had already developed rapport with the design and construction team through the work we had done on previous projects, we were able to provide cost saving measures which helped them maintain a balance between quality, function, and desired scope.
Throughout the design stage, the emphasis placed on both aesthetics and function made it abundantly clear that the laboratory casework subcontractor would be held to a very high standard, and attention to detail would be paramount to their success. By working closely with our manufacturers to ensure all the aesthetic details were met, the accuracy and quality of the product delivered to the job site was premium grade and on time. Through our use of iPad software during the field management of the project, communication between our office, installation team, and suppliers, was efficient and fast. This allowed us to address challenges in the field more quickly and keep our punch list to a bare minimum.
Successful projects such as the Belmont Wedgewood Academic Center illustrate our goal to be “Yours to Count On”.