When Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community in New Oxford, PA was seeking a general contractor to construct three senior living apartment buildings on their campus, referred to as the Hearthside Apartments, our team stepped up to the challenge to help a long-term client.
After partnering with SFCS Architects as well as our trusted subcontractors, we set to work bringing each apartment building to life. Phase One of the Hearthside Apartments project was unique because our team was constructing three different buildings at once. This led to challenges as subcontractors were not able to perform work on all three structures at once. For example, our concrete subcontractor could not lay the foundation for buildings one, two, and three all at the same time. Additionally, the COVID-19 outbreak occurred during the construction of these new apartment buildings. Therefore, some of the original specs regarding fixtures, had to be changed throughout the construction process.
With over 12 years’ experience building better care for senior living communities in Central Pennsylvania, we used our knowledge and prior experience to overcome these challenges. Since it was not possible for the same subcontractor to work on all three buildings at once, we put a process in place for all tradesmen to follow. For example, the foundation crew would start on building one and once they were finished, they would move to building two, and so forth. We would then schedule the next group of subcontractors (i.e., framers) to start on building one immediately after the foundation crew wrapped up their work. This process required thoughtful coordination and daily contact with all our subcontractors. We broke our schedule down into two-week increments for clarity and scheduled weekly meetings to ensure each subcontractor knew where the other trades were at in their processes. PROCORE, our project management software, also played a critical role in coordinating schedules, distributing documentation to subcontractors, and ensuring we stayed on timeline. To address the health and safety concerns of future residents, Mowery installed touchless fixtures, such as main doors, within each apartment building to prevent the spread of germs.
Given all these unique challenges, Mowery still completed the Hearthside Apartments on time and within budget exceeding the client’s expectations.