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The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

Birmingham Young Constructors Wrap Up Project Life Cycle Series with YAEC

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.

 

Almost 80 members of the YCF and YAEC attend the first session of Project Life Cycle on January 30 in the Henry T. Hagood, Jr. Conference Center of the Alabama AGC Building in Irondale.  Senior Project Manager Robert Robison of Brasfield & Gorrie was on-hand to discuss the challenges the project presented from its inception to date.  Robinson had the unique perspective of being one of the few to work on hand from day one of the original project more than 10 years ago to its completion now.  The projects consists of 2.5M square feet of hospital, POB, and parking deck space and has 800-1,000 personnel working on project on any given day while under construction.

Almost 80 members of the YCF and YAEC attend the first session of Project Life Cycle on January 30 in the Henry T. Hagood, Jr. Conference Center of the Alabama AGC Building in Irondale.  Senior Project Manager Robert Robison of Brasfield & Gorrie was on-hand to discuss the challenges the project presented from its inception to date.  Robinson had the unique perspective of being one of the few to work on hand from day one of the original project more than 10 years ago to its completion now.  The projects consists of 2.5M square feet of hospital, POB, and parking deck space and has 800-1,000 personnel working on project on any given day while under construction.

Another roomful of YCF and YAEC members listen to Chuck Burgin of Bhate and Greg Robinson of LBYD on February 20 as both discuss the engineering challenges the project presented from civil and structural perspectives respectively.  Both Burgin and Robinson serve as principals with their respective firms and provided much insight to the attendees.  

Another roomful of YCF and YAEC members listen to Chuck Burgin of Bhate and Greg Robinson of LBYD on February 20 as both discuss the engineering challenges the project presented from civil and structural perspectives respectively.  Both Burgin and Robinson serve as principals with their respective firms and provided much insight to the attendees.

 

Craig Holloway of Earl Swennson Associates spoke to more than 30 members of the YCF and YAEC on March 27 at the Alabama Power Building in downtown Birmingham about the the build out of the current hospital building.  The building was shelled and shuttered after legal and financial troubles encountered by the original hospital owner.  The demands of patients and physicians with present-day hospitals combined with the sophistication of new technology in hospitals as compared to a decade required creativity and practicality in designing new build out.  

Craig Holloway of Earl Swennson Associates spoke to more than 30 members of the YCF and YAEC on March 27 at the Alabama Power Building in downtown Birmingham about the the build out of the current hospital building.  The building was shelled and shuttered after legal and financial troubles encountered by the original hospital owner.  The demands of patients and physicians with present-day hospitals combined with the sophistication of new technology in hospitals as compared to a decade required creativity and practicality in designing new build out.

 

More than 25 resisted the temptation of a beautiful Spring Friday afternoon on April 24 as a round table discussion between legal and financial professionals talked about the challenge of financing the construction of such a project and the leagl challenges such a project presented. Tom Membrino of Brasfield & Gorrie, Bruce Berthon of The Hartford, and David Wanhatalo of Burr Forman spoke about Subcontractor Qualification, Surety and Bonding issues, and Legal issues involving multiple contracts and subcontracts, respectively.  Gaines Moorer of HRA Risk Services and longtime member and leader of both YCF and CFMA, served as moderator as the project. 

More than 25 resisted the temptation of a beautiful Spring Friday afternoon on April 24 as a round table discussion between legal and financial professionals talked about the challenge of financing the construction of such a project and the leagl challenges such a project presented. Tom Membrino of Brasfield & Gorrie, Bruce Berthon of The Hartford, and David Wanhatalo of Burr Forman spoke about Subcontractor Qualification, Surety and Bonding issues, and Legal issues involving multiple contracts and subcontracts, respectively.  Gaines Moorer of HRA Risk Services and longtime member and leader of both YCF and CFMA, served as moderator as the project. 

YCF Chairman Brad Tew led around 30 members of the YCF and YAEC on the Job Site Tour of the Grandview Medical Center on June 4.  Tew also serves as Project Manger on the project.

YCF Chairman Brad Tew led around 30 members of the YCF and YAEC on the Job Site Tour of the Grandview Medical Center on June 4.  Tew also serves as Project Manger on the project.

A Birdseye View - looking down on Highway 280 as work continues on project.  Grandview Medical Center is slated to open in Fall of 2015.

A Birdseye View - looking down on Highway 280 as work continues on project.  Grandview Medical Center is slated to open in Fall of 2015.