Lionakis Associate Principal, Dennis Guerra, recently completed a ground-breaking new educational series with our Emerging Professionals Program called Life of the Project. In this four-part lunchtime AIA credit earning intensive, Dennis covered the details of the project development, from winning the build at the initial proposal all the way through to construction completion.
Scheduled to open its doors at the end of January, the Student Engagement Center at Mission College is a 105,000 square foot, three-story facility with numerous award-worthy sustainable and modern design aspects – but for this series, Dennis got down to the nitty-gritty details on lessons learned.

Located in Santa Clara, California, the Center houses a variety of student services including a Welcome Center, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Health Services, Student Outreach and the Career/Transfer Center, among others. In addition to student services, the facility will also include instructional spaces for community education, group study spaces, skills labs, tutorial services and faculty offices.

Spring 2017 Presentation – Winning the Project – from RFQ to Contract

Summer 2017 Presentation – The Programming and Design Process/Documentation

Fall 2017 Presentation – The Construction Documentation Process through DSA Approval

Winter 2017 Presentation – The Construction Administration Process and Lessons Learned

Top Lessons  Learned During Construction Administration

  1. Communicate: Be open and flexible but remember that the longer a resolution to a problem is delayed, the more expensive it is to correct.
  2. Understand: It is critical to have read and thoroughly understood the specifications and how they relate to the drawings before beginning Construction Administration.
  3. Document: Utilize quality control checklists to ensure proper coordination of the documents and get a second pair of eyes to double check.
  4. Be Proactive: Pick your battles, but always choose to do the right thing.
  5. Respect: Make good decisions as a result of doing the appropriate research first.

With thanks again to Dennis Guerra and the Education Studio for this enlightening and very valuable EP University Series – Life of the Project.