McKnight Elementary School
Services: Construction Management
Client: North Allegheny School District
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Project Cost: $8.4 Million
In the early 60s, two schools had been constructed on the McKnight
Elementary site. In the 80s, the schools were joined together by a
120-foot corridor, with the intent to use the two buildings as
Although it seemed reasonable that certain advantages could be gained
by connecting the schools, the resulting facility lacked adequately
sized educational support spaces.
When our firm joined the effort, the project—the largest that
the district was undertaking at that time—was about a month
behind schedule. In addition, the construction team had encountered a
lot of unforeseen, underground obstructions, such as electrical lines
buried under floor slabs.
As construction managers, our team guided the project to a successful
finish using the following specialties.
The resulting design corrected the shortcomings of the previously
merged facilities. A new addition, which resides between the two
facilities, houses a full-size gymnasium, library, and a
mechanical/electrical room capable of supporting the entire
facility—all completed in time for a new school year.
- Our productivity analysis provided insight into the amount of manpower required to complete the job on time.
- We modified designs to accommodate the hidden infrastructure.
- Our recovery schedule resulted in a game plan for getting the project back on track.