Florida International University
Graham Center Renovations & Additions BR-860

This Contractor Qualification Statement is being submitted for the Graham Center Renovations & Additions, BR-860 (the “Project”). 

The FIU Graham Center Renovations & Additions project consists of approximately 36,000 S.F. of new construction to the existing Graham Center Facility (approx. 196,000 S.F. existing). The space requirements of this project are within the context of a two-story building, the footprint of which will be housed along the north–west corner of the existing Graham Center Facility. The program calls for a Multi-Function Air-conditioned Courtyard (or Atrium type space) containing food service vendors and seating areas (tenant fit-out not a part of this project), new offices to house the Graham Center Administration and Campus Life offices, as well as shell type spaces for future Retail areas (tenant fit-out not a part of this project). The project also contains interior remodeling of approximately 3,100 S.F. of existing office space, as well as the renovation and remodeling of the existing computer labs (approx. 3,000 S.F.). There is one Bid-Alternate associated with this project, which includes the construction of a cast-in-place concrete covered walkway along the north side of the existing building, which will link the new Expansion Facility to the existing Ballrooms.

Building construction includes footings, foundations, structural concrete (including pre-cast concrete and reinforced cast-in-place concrete), structural steel, masonry, metals and finishes, roofing, waterproofing, hardware, glass & glazing, drywall, painting, carpeting, ceramic tile & terrazzo, mechanical/HVAC, plumbing, electrical fire protection, elevator, graphics (provided by FIU) and landscaping including irrigation systems.

Scope of site work includes, but is not limited to excavation, drainage, demolition, new utilities, and new sidewalks.  Specific scope involved in new utility work includes the re-routing of approximately 400 L.F. of existing underground chilled water lines, routing of approximately 500 L.F. of electrical conduit and tie-in to an existing FP&L transformer, routing of approximately 500 L.F. of grease waste lines and tie-in to new underground grease waste tanks, telecommunications tie-ins to existing facilities, as well as drainage tie-ins for sanitary and storm lines to existing underground piping. Sequencing and coordination of the utility work is critical in that utilities within the existing Graham Center Facility must remain fully operational during the execution and installation of new work.  There will be liquidated damages if Project is not completed on schedule.

Additionally, the coordination of pedestrian and vehicular movements around the site is of critical importance, as the Project site falls within the “center” of the FIU campus. The existing Graham Center Facility houses a multitude of student oriented activities, therefore the maintenance of pedestrian movement both into and around the Building must be carefully considered, along with vehicular/truck access into the construction areas.

The Project Designer is M.C. Harry & Associates (hereinafter the “Architect”).