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CWRU Wade Park Mansion
Location: 11420 Wade Park Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
Completed: September, 2019
Type: Residential, Educational
This group housing project located in an old residential mansion owned by the University originated as an energy savings project and grew to incorporate a remodel to the kitchen, fire alarm upgrades, and finishes upgrades to several rooms.
Competitively bid, the project was determined to have areas of unabated asbestos in old plaster in several areas to be demolished. The University took this initiative on directly bringing in the same contractor that Lawler had employed for demolition. This delayed start of work about two weeks.
The energy upgrade predominantly centered on installing insulation in walls and roof areas creating an envelope around the entire building. In order to gain access to all areas it was necessary to replace the entire shingle roof system along with the sheet metal flashings, gutters, and downspouts. It was also necessary to open up some interior walls to gain access to certain “trapped” areas so that the continuous insulation envelope could be achieved.
Some specialty doors and windows, matching existing openings, had long lead times but did not delay the overall completion. The project, although successfully completed, was delayed in turnover due to an ongoing difficulty in obtaining inspections and approvals from the Cleveland Fire Department. School reopened and the tenants were unable to use their new kitchen appliances for several weeks until those inspections were finally conducted and passed.
HEINEN'S RESTROOM REMODELING
Location: Multiple Locations
Completed: September 2019 - February 2021
The first in a series of planned restroom remodels was a bid project. All of the following projects have been negotiated price. Projects range from a pair of single user restrooms in one store to multiple sets of multi-user restrooms in other stores. Most often the work has involved a pair of single user restrooms in the stock area of the store and a pair of multi-user associate restrooms in the rear mezzanine (above the stock room) area.
In each location we work out a program to take down only a portion of the restrooms converting the remaining room(s) into single user facilities. Once these first sets are completed we then switch over to the next set until the work is finished. Each set of restrooms takes approximately four weeks to complete. This means that depending on the scope and sequencing each project takes one, two, or three months to complete.
Restrooms are normally gutted down to the substrate on the lower walls and the ceilings removed. All finishes as well as toilet fixtures are removed. Plumbing and electrical rough-in takes place as necessary and then wall are restored. All rooms receive full height ceramic tile as well as full ceramic floors.
Porcelain toilet and urinal fixtures are provided with new infrared flushometer devices. Where required, toilet partitions are stainless steel and all sinks are wall-hung ADA accessible stainless steel. With new acoustical ceilings, toilet accessories, and lighting, the restrooms are brand new in appearance when completed. Some locations require limited sprinkler work as well as limited HVAC work but these are the exception rather than the rule.
One and a half years into the program, it appears that the approach may continue on into 2022 with as many as 10 or more stores being updated.
ASIA PLAZA MEDICAL OFFICES
Location: 2999 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Completed: September, 2019
Type: Medical, Office, Retail
Invited to a limited bidders list by a regular designer, this medical office project is located in a retail mall in the Little Asia district of Cleveland. With a traditionally underserved community, the owners are a non-profit group that is actively bringing medical facilities into Asian communities in northeast Ohio.
The project was a tenant fit-out that had been unoccupied since its last renovation years ago. A tight but reasonable schedule kept us moving steadily and once we completed plumbing underground we were able to make good progress on multiple fronts simultaneously.
The landlord was very cooperative and helpful in obtaining access to all areas of the mall as well as working with the mall facilities personnel and City of Cleveland inspectors. In addition to a reception and waiting area there are patient exam rooms, a small lab, storage, restrooms, and an employee break area.
The Cleveland Fire Department was involved in the project for sprinklers and alarms. Our wait times for CFD on this project were less than we had been experiencing on other projects and had very little impact on the completion of the work.
LAKEWOOD TAFT SCHOOL
Location: 13701 Lake Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107
Completed: February, 2020
Lawler was in the unique position of acting as a carpentry subcontractor on this public project. Working for a friendly competitor that needed some union participation we took on a package of rough carpentry, FRP wall finishes, and labor-only for toilet accessories, doors and hardware.
Acting as a subcontractor proved to be very different from acting as a general contractor and we discovered that we needed to be more vigilant about protecting our own interests than we would when we act as a GC. The timing and sequence of the work did not flow as anticipated and required the use of some targeted overtime when it became necessary to accomplish a substantial amount of work in a short time. Due to an ongoing labor shortage throughout 2019 we determined that we were better served paying some overtime rather than taking the risk of hiring untested personnel to install finished work.
Although the project extended several months past the originally identified completion date, we were able to keep our overall hours and cost below the estimate resulting in a small gain in profit.