New Health Center
East Bay Community Action Program
2014 Excellence in Construction Award
This 11,000 square foot building was constructed on East Bay Community Action Program’s property next to one of their Day Care Facilities in Newport, RI.
- Underground utilities needed to be relocated because the new building was to be constructed over the existing electrical and telephone feed to the adjacent Day Care Facility. In the meantime, the Day Care Facility had to remain open.
- The transformer, which powered the Day Care Facility, and subsequently the New Health Center, had to be relocated.
CNI developed a strategy to utilize a generator to power the adjacent building and also changed the construction-phasing plan. This allowed CNI to begin construction on the front portion of the building while working with the power company to address the permanent utility relocation at the other end.
- The back portion of the facility was slab on grade and when the time came to begin work, it was discovered that the soil was unsuitable.
CNI worked closely with the Geotechnical Engineers to develop an economical soil removal plan. And since a critical funding date for the owner was approaching, CNI worked through the winter to minimize the impact to the overall schedule.
- All of these unforeseen conditions severely impacted the owner’s contingency for this project. The owners came to CNI for valued engineering assistance to try to recoup these funds since they were already working within an extremely tight budget.
CNI worked with the architect and subs to uncover nearly $50,000 in savings. These savings did not impact space requirements or diminish any of the owner’s programs. In addition, the aesthetics of the building remained unaffected.
- During the construction of this project, CNI had to ensure there was sufficient parking for the staff of the adjacent Day Care Facility. There was a constant flow of parents, children and staff both entering and exiting the building.
CNI provided childcare occupants and clients safe passages through temporary walkways, which changed as construction evolved.
This project was constructed without a lost-time accident and the adjacent building remained in full operation.
CNI has enjoyed an eight-year relationship with East Bay Community Action Program. We have worked and continue to work on several of their facilities all across Rhode Island. However we consider the Health Care Center one of our most important projects.
To visit the facility today and see the many clients receiving needed care in a building we created is extremely satisfying.