DBIANE Award Competition 2017 [Gold]: Windover Construction – St. John’s Prep Wellness Center

Project Name: Wellness Center
Owner: St. John’s Prep
Contractor: Windover Construction
Lead Designer: Flansburgh Architects
Major Participants:
Flansburgh Architects (Architect)
LeMessurier (Structural Engineer)*
BALA|TMP (MEP Engineer)*
Hancock Associates (Civil Engineer)*
Metro-Swift Sprinkler Corp. (Fire Protection Engineer)
Edvance Technology Design, Inc. (Communications Engineer)
Atlantic Contracting Systems (Pre-Engineered Building Consultant)
JJA (Track & FieldConsultant)
Combined Energy Systems (Pool Designer)
*indicates contracts held by project architect

Summary

St. John’s Prep Wellness Center features an indoor aquatic center, a four-court field house, an
elevated indoor track, weightlifting and workout areas, locker rooms, a café, classrooms and
administrative areas.

In addition to the construction of the new facility, the design-build team managed the
reconstruction of the school’s existing Cronin Memorial Stadium. This included a new synthetic
turf field, a 400m running track, bleachers and the demolition of the existing maintenance
building. Also included was the construction of a new pre-engineered maintenance building
situated at a new location on the campus, and a parking lot.

The siting of the facility was on a sloping grade and as such, the existing upper grade would be
compromised by excavation for the new building. Windover Construction was able to develop a
sophisticated approach to earth retention to reinforce the upper field by working with trade
partners early on in the design phase.

Using the design-build process contributed to a strong team environment on the project and
the ability to overcome challenges quickly and effectively. Being the design-build lead for their
client allowed Windover Construction to take St. John’s Prep’s risk into their own hands, both
figuratively and literally, and truly act as their advocate and voice throughout all project phases.
They delivered a nearly turnkey (i.e. FF&E, AV, communications, security, and signage) facility
for the school and in fact, the only contract owned by the client was for the fitness equipment.
This speaks to the level of trust that was established between the school and design-build team.

Early communication and coordination were integral to the success of the Wellness Center
project. Preconstruction meetings were held weekly with the design-build team, trade partners
and St. Johns Prep to collaboratively review scope, budget, and scheduling of the project.
Communication channels such as GoToMeetings and Dropbox were utilized during preconstruction and construction phases. These products provided the design-build team, trade partners, and client not only with a forum to participate remotely in regularly scheduled meetings, but acted as a central hub for easy access to weekly email communications, plans, general updates, and shared project milestones. These tools enabled the design-build team to engage and interact collaboratively as a unified team throughout all phases of the project.