GM GTC VEC East Office Renovation

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Project Overview:

Ideal Contracting was awarded the General Motors Global Technical Center Campbell Ewald Building Renovation project with a scope that consisted of two phases. Phase I included the removal of existing furnishings, selective demolition of interior structures, along with mechanical and electrical systems of the ten-story building.  Phase II consisted of the build-out of three floors of offices.  General Motor’s choice of an open collaborative design created an environment intended to foster greater teamwork and communication.

The first phase demolition was of 180,000-square-foot of office space, performed in limited time on two shifts. Due to the compressed schedule and scope of work, Ideal supported the demolition contractor with additional labor resources resulting in 300 daily man-hours during demolition.

Peak manpower during the build-out reached over 150 trades on the floors resulting in 1,400 man-hours per day.  Floors include town commons / break areas, conference rooms, huddle/small meeting rooms, workstations, and restrooms.  The second phase of the renovation also included new mechanical systems including new fire protection systems, new air distribution systems, plumbing systems, roof top unit, refurbishment of existing air handling units, and a new Siemens building management system.

A new IT system/backbone was installed in the basement that feeds into the new 10th floor main IT room.  This new data room on the 10th floor flows back down the building to feed the remaining floors.  Renovated areas included new audio-visual systems in conference rooms, huddle spaces, and miscellaneous areas.

The aggressive schedule was one of the most challenging hurdles.  To stay on schedule, weekly coordination meetings were held with all project stakeholders to ensure the aggressive milestones were satisfied.

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