Fort Smith Darby Middle School

How do you complete additions and renovations on an active school campus in just 12 months?

Communication and dedication.

The Fort Smith Public School District hired Nabholz to improve Darby Middle School’s existing classrooms, administration offices, and utilities and add new restrooms, a fire suppression system, and more. This scope of work is typically spread over 14 months, but this project allotted only 12. To overcome time and construction area constraints, Nabholz worked a second shift on normally occupied areas during nights, weekends, and holidays when students and faculty were away.

Communication with the owner was key when determining when and where was best to work on the job site. It was imperative to avoid conflicts with district events, such as crowded parking areas during game nights or alternative schedules during testing periods. The solution? Divide the campus area into certain construction phases to minimize impact on students and faculty. This way, classrooms could be relocated, and construction areas made available when needed and without delay. Our team also worked closely with the owner to identify alternate product lines that could be sourced for a quicker lead time and ensure the project completed on time.

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