Award of Merit - Renovation/Restoration

This project required the comprehensive retrofit of an existing nursing and rehabilitation facility, including a 77,000-sq-ft, one-story brick exterior with extensive landscaping, courtyards and patios.

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Careful phasing and specific planning on every level needed to be pre-determined and perfectly executed in order for all entities to come together to achieve a successful outcome.

With all involved parties on the same page it allowed for a more seamless execution from the beginning of the process to completion.

The first step was to educate the elderly residents and to essentially include them in the renovation plans so there was no confusion or surprises.

Weekly updates and signage kept residents informed of current activity and relocation of services.

As with many older buildings, there were limited existing construction documents and plans to work from, which created a number of surprises throughout the project.

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing issues were more numerous than expected, but a strong commitment to teamwork and communication allowed the contractor to overcome these issues with minimal downtime while achieving construction schedules.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: Delmar Gardens Enterprises, Chesterfield, Mo.
GC: Kadean Construction Co. Inc., Fenton, Mo.
Architect: Gray Design Group, St. Louis
Structural Engineer: Pillar Design Group, St. Louis
MEP Engineer: G + W Engineering Corp., Maryland Heights, Mo.