Fairfield University Master Plan
Gilbane reshapes Fairfield University’s campus with a commitment to a collaborative approach to challenges and setting the bar for excellence
The Master Plan Implementation project consisted of three dormitory buildings, including the transformation of an existing Jesuit Residence to a 140-bed upper classman dormitory, construction of a new 135-bed under classman dormitory, and a new upper classman 190-bed apartment style dormitory. The projects were managed by separate Gilbane teams under a single contract involving multiple architects, design consultants, and trade contractors.
Two of the dormitories were designed and constructed to meet LEED® Silver requirements and one dormitory features a green/vegetative roof. The entire program exceeded the 75 percent construction waste recycling requirements. Two of the three projects encompassed construction activities adjacent to fully occupied dormitories, requiring exceptional dedication to working collaboratively with the university to ensure safety and minimize disruption. Upon performing exploratory demolition on one of the dormitories, it was discovered that much of the existing envelope elements needed to be replaced. Despite doubling the initial scope of work on a five month renovation, the original project’s completion date was met.
Equally challenging, the scope included extensive underground utility relocations, as well as vehicular and pedestrian traffic pattern disruptions. Prior to the project buyout, the team evaluated various site logistics options with Fairfield University’s Public Safety, housing, and facilities departments to ensure all options were explored to meet the campus community’s needs.
“Starting with the preconstruction phase, Gilbane estimating provided the accurate schedulers and budgets that allowed us to present various options to our board with confidence. Thorough and timely bid packages provided excellent subcontractor coverage and prices below budget. Gilbane also made creative use of bid alternates, allowing Fairfield to add items that were initially on our wish list.” David W. Frassinelli, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management “Construction managers are only as good as the last project completed and in this case, Gilbane has the bar for excellence.”