The Young Constructors Forum (YCF) for the Birmingham Section of Alabama AGC recently completed the Project Life Cycle Series with local participants of the YAEC. The YAEC is an unofficial partnership between members of the YCF and young professionals from the local chapters of AIA, ASCE, CFMA, and SEA that provides networking, social, and professional development events.
The leaders of each respective organization designed and created the Project Life Cycle Series - following and observing a specific project from its earliest development phase to the actual completion of the project. At each stage, various leaders from the AEC (and CFMA) communities involved in the project would provide a real life study and function of his/her specific role on the project. The objective of the series is to provide each member of the YAEC a look into the careers of each other's counterparts and gain a better understanding of the responsibilities and work required for each discipline, as well as an-in-depth look into the the financing, design, construction, and legal overview of a particular project.
The Grandview Medical Center on Highway 280 in Birmingham was selected to be studied and analyzed in the initial series. This project was originally concepted as a digital hospital more than a decade ago, only to be shuttered before its completion due to legal and financial troubles of the building's previous owner.
The combination of a new buyer for the building along with the collaboration of the project's General Contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie, its many subcontractors, project designers, surety and legal representatives involved, the project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.
Beginning in January, the YAEC hosted 4 seminar style lunch & learn sessions to look at the project and its challenges from construction, engineering, architectural, financial, and legal perspectives. The series concluded with a site visit of the hospital followed by an After-Hours Social at Blackwell's on June 4. For all 5 sessions, there were well over 220 attendees combined.
The YCF and YAEC appreciates project leaders - Robert Robison (Brasfield & Gorrie), Greg Robinson (LBYD), Chuck Burgin (Bhate), Craig Holloway (Earl Swennson Associates), Tom Membrino (Brasfield & Gorrie), Bruce Berthon (The Hartford) , David Wanhatalo (Burr Forman), - for serving as presenters at the various sessions.
Much thanks also goes out to YCF members Brad Tew, Gaines Moorer, and Anne McCarley for their leadership with this excellent educational project for the young professionals of the construction and design industries.