At the DBIA Southwest Regional Annual Conference, A/E/C professionals and facility owners across the region came together to discuss the latest trends and developments in Design-Build. HB’s Las Cruces Convention Center team, led by Project Director Brian Rodriguez, presented their unique experience with the Design-Build method.
The project began as a CMAR delivery. During the process, the original architectural firm suffered significant issues and could no longer continue. With the project 40% over budget and no architect, the City was concerned about their fast-approaching move-in deadline.
Faced with this challenge, HB and the City of Las Cruces pivoted to the Design-Build delivery method. With a single entity driving design and construction, the team could align design with budget while compressing the tight schedule. HB formed a team with Yabumoto Architects and the existing consultants, then proceeded to value engineer the project into budget without sacrificing functionality.
“From day one, everyone including subcontractors and consultants were on board and game planning strategies for the success of the project,” said Brian Rodriguez HB Project Director.
The team shared a common vision and worked collectively over three VE rounds to identify best-value solutions for the owner. Design opportunities included reduction of non-program space, alternate finishes, and value engineering of special systems. The team applied their understanding of current market trends by reusing salvaged materials and procuring the electrical fixture package early to mitigate rising costs. The IT room was relocated to maximize usable space and the original A/V system was preserved to tie into the expansion.
Alex Flores, Property Project Manager for the City of Las Cruces, said, “It has been a smooth journey and we appreciate the unique process and all that we have accomplished as a team.”