University of Michigan’s latest gem is the new Biological Science Building. This new 295,000 Sq. Ft. building will bring together and consolidate multiple science departments as well as the Museum of Natural History under one roof. With the project kicking off in 2015, it is slated for completion early 2018. As a Construction Manager, Barton Malow was tasked with a tough schedule on this multiple phase project but with a good team of subcontractors was able to maintain the schedule.
The interesting aspect of this project was that we did not have one direct contract with the Construction Manager. Instead, due to the numerous bid packs, we had eight contracts with 5 different subcontractors on the project. With this fact, RAM Construction Services was onsite waterproofing the elevator pits when the project first started and caulking finishes at the tail end of the job. The most interesting part of the job was work on the Auditorium Dome portion of the project. This work was done for the metal panel contractor CEI and was quite involved. It included three inches of closed cell spray foam insulation sandwiched by two layers of plywood and an outer layer of fluid-applied air barrier. With the building housing a wide range of museum like artifacts, moisture and humidity control was one of the most important factors in Smith Group’s design. For this reason, our commitment and constant coordination made this a successful project.