This project provides a unique example of how the Hessert team helped make our clients dream a reality utilizing the Design/Build approach.
LEAP Elementary school was built in an existing deteriorated 1918 building which had stood empty for eight years. In order to purchase the building, the LEAP executive staff needed a reliable budget which they could count on. Hessert provided that conceptual budget on a “nickel plan” which allowed LEAP to confidently negotiate for the purchase of the building. Upon purchase, Hessert worked with the design team and ultimately built the project within the initial budget.
When it was time to build again, Hessert was called in to provide a concept plan and conceptual estimates. LEAP Charter High School posed additional challenges. Two existing on site structures had been included in the historic district. Approval from both the city and state was required for demolition of these structures.
Hessert hired the architect to complete a conceptual and massing study. Subsequently, Hessert led an effort to acquire the necessary approvals from the city and state for demolition and for building approvals.
Simultaneously, Hessert continued with conceptual estimates. Once estimates were complete, LEAP turned to the DRPA as a funding source for the construction. The DRPA (also a client of Hessert’s) was able to confidently commit to the funding based on past experience with the reliability of Hessert’s estimates.
Hessert provided leadership during the design process and produced further detailed estimates, thereby ensuring that the budget would hold. We maintained our schedule and delivered the building as promised.
Hessert continues to enjoy a relationship with the LEAP Academy, and has been working with Management on future building plans.