Leveraging NetPoint for Planning, Coordination & Analysis on the Harvard Allston Science Program

In 2005, Harvard University began developing a new Science and Engineering Campus in Allston, MA. The program was put on hold due to the declining economic environment in 2008 but was reinitiated in 2013. This program consists of 5 Harvard University departments/schools; 13+ integrated projects; 20+ federal, state, and local permitting/approval agencies; $1 billion total installed cost; 7 prime designers; and 4 construction managers. The complexity of the program coupled with the complexity of the university’s administrative structure required the implementation of a robust schedule management plan capable of coordinating all program activities.

This presentation focused on how NetPoint has been utilized to develop summary schedule reports, analyze schedule fragments, facilitate interactive planning, and evaluate schedule variances. Key results have included improved communication between all project stakeholders, structured permit/approval outreach with governing agencies, and coordinated construction activity phasing across projects and construction managers.

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PRESENTED BY BRIAN CHASE AND CHAD ROWLAND

Brian Chase received a bachelors in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1982 and was subsequently hired by Turner Construction Company. Brian has spent the last 35 years working his way through various positions including field operations and purchasing and is currently a Construction Executive with overall responsibility for laboratory, healthcare, data centers and other complex projects located within the Boston marketplace. Brian is currently responsible for the Harvard Science and Engineering Complex Project located within Harvard’s Allston Development.

Chad Rowland graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Biosystems Engineering and an MS in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he worked for a Fortune 500 engineering, procurement, and construction firm and was able to gain design and construction experience in many areas, including pharmaceuticals, downstream chemical processing, nuclear power, mining, and manufacturing. Chad’s roles on various projects included project engineer, engineering manager, project controls manager, and project manager. Chad joined PMA in 2014 and is currently focused on the higher education construction sector with an emphasis on cost, schedule, and project information system implementation.

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