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Southern Methodist University, Fondren Library Complex Renovation


Project Details

ClientSouthern Methodist University


LocationDallas, Texas

DeliveryConstruction Manager-at-Risk


Project Overview

This renovation involved modernizing three wings of the Fondren Library to create a cohesive learning environment. We provided updates to the MEP and life safety systems across the three wings which were built at separate times and with separate systems. We also added a Starbucks retail store, built two new stairwells, updated elevators, modernized the grand entry, expanded exhibit space, and added security and building automation systems that allowed the buildings to function together seamlessly.

Unique Challenge

Since the building remained occupied 24/7 during construction, we scheduled the work as two projects running concurrently, one for renovations and one for system upgrades and integration. Then we divided the work into three major phases consisting of multiple sub-phases. In each sub-phase we relocated occupants, installed and tested life safety systems, renovated spaces, then turned them over for use before moving on to the next phase.

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