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CM-At Risk at Towson University: $13.5 million project

Written By: John Poole on November 23, 2009 965 Comments

I attended a pre-bid conference on Thursday November 19, 2009 at Towson University for a CM-at risk project for the rIMG_0216emodel of two residence halls on campus.  The proposal will be for pre-construction and construction services.  The design has not been completed, but there is a budget of $13.5 million for the construction of the project and they are pursuing LEED silver certification.  I am looking to partner with an established firm in the D.C./Baltimore area and propose on the project.   

The proposal will involve a thorough technical proposal prior to the proposal of pricing.  I would like to supplement a team with the following services:

-Design coordination and development
-LEED credit consultation
-Cost analysis and estimating
-Bid package preparation
-subcontractor solicitation and selection
-On-site project and schedule management
-LEED administration through the USGBC
-Submittal Review, RFI tracking
-Close-out and warranty management.

The technical proposal is due on Tuesday December 8, 2009 at 2 pm and an oral presentation is scheduled for January 12, 2009. 

The criteria for the technical proposal is as follows:

-Organizational chart
-Basis for selection
-Working relationships of team members
-Key personnel backgrounds and references
-Matrix of CM tasks with anticipated hours
-Experience with 3 similar projects in the past 10 years and preferably 5 years

  • All projects must be renovations
  • Two projects must be exterior renovations of buildings with historical significance
  • One project must be an interior renovation of a multi-unit residential building including MEP
  • One project must be a renovation for a higher education client and higher consideration is given if all three
  • One project must be in excess of $10 million
  • Two of the submitted projects must be in excess of $5 million
  • Two of the three submitted projects must have been done using the CM-at risk contract method with higher  consideration given if all three
  • Two of the three projects must be complete and occupied for at least six months
  • 1 project may be in construction but must be at least 50% complete

-Provide a description of the biggest challenge on the job and describe how this challenge will be addressed.
-There must be at least 25% MBE participation.  I have a list of MBE companies in the area willing to work on the job
-Provide samples of previously completed MBE achievements
-Description of economic benefit to the Maryland economy
-Joint venture description

Since this is a CM-at risk project, I do not believe that the winning firm is required to bond the full $13 million project because the subs will be contracted directly to the owner, however, I would think that a company qualified to do this job will most likely have the bonding capacity in place.

Below are some more pictures of the project. Please let me know if you are interested in the this project, it looks like a great opportunity.




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965 Responses to “CM-At Risk at Towson University: $13.5 million project”

  1. Jeff says on: 23 November 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I am not qualified to partner with you as the prime for this yet I am interested in discussing sub-contracted elements. Please advise accordingly. Thank you. Jeff

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    If you are going to need training at any time let me know. I’m sure ForceBuilders has the Safety and Environmental courses you will need. ForceBuilders 10/15 program means you will never pay a premium price for our premium online courses.
    Good luck with the job.

  3. Susan Harris says on: 24 November 2009 at 12:02 pm


    Could you please give me additional background on yourself and exactly what “partnership” you are looking for?

    Much appreciated,
    Susan Harris
    HSU Development, Inc.

  4. Lynece Daiker says on: 25 November 2009 at 12:09 pm


    I am the Director for BD for Oakview Construction in Omaha, NE. We are a national builder and have done these sort of projects in the past. I am very interested in a partnership. Could you please supply me with the documents as well as some background so I may present it?


    Lynece Daiker
    Director of Business Development
    Oakview Construction

  5. Ralph E. Simpson, Jr. says on: 26 November 2009 at 7:45 pm

    We are a CM/General Contractor from Lancaster, PA. We specialize in institutional work especially senior care and private colleges. Well over 50% of our work is done as a CM at Risk in any given year. We operate in PA, MD, WV, DE, and NJ and this project is typical of the projects we do. You can go on our website to see colleges we have worked for. If you are interested in additional information, please let me know.

    Ralph Simpson

  6. Rhonda Travis says on: 27 November 2009 at 8:28 am

    I would like to offer my services, as a sub-contractor for Design Development – anything CAD or BIM and Construction Admin.
    Rhonda Travis
    CAD Gorilla

  7. Robert A. Aird says on: 30 November 2009 at 9:45 am

    Hello Scott,
    We are a 35+ year plastering/EIFS/stucco/spray polyurethane foam insulation contractor from Frederick,MD. We have done a great deal of renovation (The Pentagon, The DC Court of Appeals, for instance) and should be able to provide you with considerable assistance. We are a sub, however, and not a GC or CM. We work with a host of them and might be able to direct you to one or more who would be interested.
    Let me know.
    Rob Aird

  8. Jon says on: 8 December 2009 at 4:06 pm

    cool stuff man

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  11. Peter Doo says on: 28 December 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Do you have a LEED consultant?

  12. Jim Costello says on: 19 February 2010 at 7:23 am

    I have a 27 year sucessful company, TRC Inc., that specializes in digital imaging and document management. Our project document management service is GREEN COMPLIANT for LEED credits. We reduce the amount of paper that is generated over the project life cycle and the related CARBON footprint. We capture all high content documents real time and publish on an orgainized dash board archiving the information from per-construction thru project close out. All documents are saved as a PDF file for universal viewing and ease of use. A searchable DVD disk is delivered to all team members that are required to save the information at the end of the project illiminating costly storage space and administration document recovery time.

    I just received your information and hope that we have not missed an opportunity.

    Jim Costello
    TRC, Inc.
    4451 Parliament Place
    Lanham, MD 20706

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