Saturday, January 31, 2009

Construct Two Group completes Developmental Research School six-building campus at Florida A & M University

ORLANDO, FL — Construct Two Group has completed its $24 million construction management contract to build the new home for Florida A & M University’s Development Research School (FAMU-DRS), a K - 12 school located on the university’s campus in Tallahassee, Fla.

(FAMU Administration Building, top right photo)

The construction management company provided pre-construction , value engineering, site work, vertical construction and commissioning services for the six-building campus that totals 132,116-square-feet of programmable space.

Construct Two Group saved the owner more than $1.5 million through value engineering. The project was completed in 19 months. (FAMU gymnasium, middle left photo)

Subcontractors under contract with Construct Two Group include: site grading by Genesis Engineering & Constructors Corp, Tallahassee, Fla., tilt-up concrete by Bolognese Construction Services Inc., Bonita Springs, Fla., electrical by Joyner Electric Inc., Tallahassee, Fla., mechanical by Lang Mechanical, Thomasville, Ga., plumbing by Dowdy Plumbing Corp., Tallahassee, Fla., and fire protection by Fire Sprinkler & Systems, Inc., Ellerslie, Ga.

This month nearly 500 K - 12 students entered the FAMU-DRS campus for the first time. They were welcomed into a new 132,116-square-foot educational complex of six buildings: elementary, middle and high school classroom buildings, an administration building, a cafeteria/auditorium with full commercial kitchen, and a gymnasium.

The complex includes energy efficient indirect lighting, life safety technology and smart boards in each classroom. (FAMU campus, middle right aerial photo)

A wireless network system, installed campuswide, also connects to the FAMU campus police.

And, the school now boasts a TV production studio.

Thirty-five percent of Construct Two Group’s staff, including the company’s president/CEO and chairman, are FAMU alumni.

“This project has brought us full circle,” said Derrick Wallace, (bottom right photo) chairman, Construct Two Group. “The time we invested in our FAMU education gave us the tools we needed to build our business into the strong firm it is today. We are proud to have successfully completed an education project for a new generation.”

According to Construct Two’s president/CEO, Keith Williams, (middle left photo) “We were challenged with an aggressive schedule, phased site and vertical construction packages, and began work with 75% completed documents.”

About Construct Two Group

Construct Two Group provides construction management, design-build and program management services to public and private sector clients. Having completed more than $500 million in projects since its founding in 1990, Construct Two Group is the largest African-American-owned construction management company in Florida. The Company employs a professional and support staff of 31 from offices in Orlando, Tampa and Tallahassee, Fla. Please visit for additional information.

About FAMU Developmental Research School

Established in 1887, FAMU DRS was designated by the Florida legislature in 1991 “to operate as a designated public school for research, demonstration and evaluation regarding management teaching, and learning.”
FAMU DRS currently offers enrollment in law and public policy, architectural design and graphic communication, health, and business.

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