BUILDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

Spartan Village represents the first phase of University of North Carolina Greensboro's high profile campus expansion. Over the last several years, UNCG has moved forward with the redevelopment of one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Greensboro. The first phase required the demolition and clearing of over 50 structures on the 14-acre site to make room for the four initial residence halls. The 18-month project included four buildings totaling 381,000 square feet to house 800 students. The facility also includes staff and faculty apartments, living learning areas, retail, and office space.

Our selection to lead this first phase of the $250,000,000 Spartan Village program directly after completing Jefferson Suites highlights one of our main goals on every project: a satisfied client who wants to work with us again. Our success on this project led to the win of Spartan Village Phase II.

Challenges and Solutions

At Spartan Village Phase I, early identification of the limits of disturbance near the wetlands located behind Haywood Hall (building 3 at the time) allowed us to create the proper buffer to meet DENR’s set back requirements for disturbance as well as provide for the safe access to the rear of the building to complete the construction tasks. Working with Shannon Leonard from DENR, we established the footprint of the wetland zones and created the final impact mitigation plan prior to construction. Once identified, it was clear we would not be able to utilize man lifts or fork lifts on the southwest side of the building. We then developed the scaffolding and access plan that all subcontractors eventually utilized to complete their work. All work was completed safely, within schedule and quality requirements with minimal cost impact to the project.

The Spartan Village Phase I housing project was built in an occupied neighborhood, adjacent to another residence hall. We worked with a neighborhood representative to ensure residents were aware of activities that may affect the community. The adjacent residence hall required the team to work with the University’s transportation group to create a new route for the buses to safely access the building during the construction of Spartan Village. We often scheduled shutdowns to coordinate with existing campus holidays and breaks to minimize the impact on students and staff at the University. In order to manage noise restrictions, we limited work hours to exclude early mornings and late nights in order to best accommodate the surrounding civilians.

The team completed the Spartan Village Phase I housing project on time while dealing with significant schedule and manpower challenges. The subcontractors on the project were required to split their work between the four buildings in the complex. The team’s ability to effectively communicate and plan with the subcontractors allowed them to stay on schedule. the decision was made to divide some of the bid packages to include only two of the four buildings. This allowed for a more diverse and flexible work force.

Mike Van Sickel

“"We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit." I'm excited to be part of a team with such a strong commitment to making excellence a habit!”