Salem State Library & Learning Commons

Team reaps rewards of preconstruction planning at Salem State University

Lee Kennedy Company is working with Salem State University, the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) and Shepley Bulfinch on this $60 million, 122,000 SF Library & Learning Commons nestled in the midst of the active urban campus.

LKCo.’s team lent considerable expertise to the preconstruction process that was part of this Chapter 149A project. Highlights include:

Design Procurement
LKCo. developed 8-10 early release design procurement packages while final design was being completed. These included site infrastructure relocations, foundation / structural steel packages and demolition of existing buildings

Early Packages
LKCo identified and procured early packages, including two-phase demolition of a portion of the existing concrete frame and masonry library to allow for an early start on foundation.  Both phases included PCI and asbestos remediation work plan strategies to prepare for EPA approvals

Environmental Concerns
The team developed vibration, air and dust monitoring and mitigation approaches to comply with the regulations and ensure a safe environment

Design Review
Performed significant design review during Schematic and Design Development of both drawings and specifications for coordination and constructability. Over 175 noted items from these reviews were incorporated into the final design

Managed the Navisworks clash detection process. Click here to see the clash detection fly through.

Earth Support
Provided added value option for redesign of the lateral earth support system reducing construction duration and saving the client $300,000.

Mat Slab Savings
Provided added value option for redesign of the lower level mat slab that both accelerated the schedule and saved money.

Constructability Reviews
Team suggested an alternative to the designed curtain wall and precast clips. Rather than place the clips cast in the slab on each floor all around the building, LKCo proposed removing the clips from the slab and had the curtainwall subcontractor detail an alternate clip that allowed the team to place the slab without any box outs and start exterior framing almost a month earlier.