Austin Marriott Downtown is a 31-story hotel located at the corner of East Cesar Chavez Street and San Jacinto Boulevard, offering spectacular views of The University of Texas at Austin campus, the Texas State Capitol, and the Austin skyline. Complementing the existing JW Marriott, the Austin Marriott Downtown has 613 rooms and approximately 60,000 SF of meeting, entertainment, bar, and restaurant space. Additionally, the space features an exhibit hall with floor-to-ceiling windows along a 170-foot wall.
Spire was retained to develop a baseline schedule for the client’s scope of work on the project. This included the review of plans and specifications to identify the scope of work and scheduling requirements for the project, facilitation of a planning session with project personnel to discuss production rates, sequence, and crew logic, and preparation of a fully detailed schedule with activities for mechanical and plumbing efforts on the project.
As a result of Spire’s efforts, the client developed a baseline schedule reflecting the planned sequence and duration for its scope of work. The client was able to use this baseline schedule to track progress and minimize impacts to the project’s progress. Construction was completed a month ahead of schedule in June 2020. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the hotel did not officially open until March 2021 after working diligently to put health and safety protocols in place.
Spire’s project controls experts bring a comprehensive suite of skills and extensive field experience to the job site. We help project teams and management determine how far a project has progressed at any given time regarding schedule, cost, productivity, and risk and compare against contractual expectations, scope, performance criteria, and milestones. Controls can be applied to all phases of a project, from preconstruction to closeout.
Here are just some of the services our construction project controls consultants can bring to your next project:
- Project Planning
- Schedule Development
- Schedule Oversight and Reporting
- Schedule Analysis
- Cost Estimating
- Cost Analysis
- Value Engineering
- Budget Management
Project controls are essential to keep complex construction projects on budget and on time. They help teams and stakeholders identify emerging risks early, before they become expensive, time-consuming problems. With advance warning, these issues can be mitigated or avoided altogether. Project controls also give leadership the data they need to set realistic expectations, manage subcontractors, and plan with confidence.
During the course of a project, program and project managers use controls to monitor time and cost expenditures and compare them to project lifecycle forecasts. They also rely on them to coordinate onsite execution with the milestones established during the design, procurement, entitlement, and pre-construction stages.