Author Archives: Tommy Brennan, Business Development Manager, Ulliman Schutte

About Tommy Brennan, Business Development Manager, Ulliman Schutte

Tommy Brennan, Business Development Manager for Ulliman Schutte, has over 25 years of experience in the water/wastewater industry in roles including project management, estimating, safety, preconstruction services, business development, community outreach, and client satisfaction. He holds a BS in construction engineering and management from Purdue University. Tommy is dedicated to the development and growth of collaborative delivery and he currently represents Ulliman Schutte on the Water Design-Build Council Advisor Group while also serving as the President of DBIA’s Ohio Valley Region.

Benefits of a Proven Self-Performing Design-Builder

A critical element of success for progressive design-build projects is cost savings. It is the design-builder’s job to make every penny of the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) count. A self-performing design-builder provides cost and schedule certainty during the design-to-budget process. These advantages also extend to construction activities, where the design-builder provides the client with the ability to cost-effectively self-perform much of the construction work, controlling the critical path and managing project risk. Here are some specific benefits to self-performance in the design-build delivery method.

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Topics: Self-Performing, Ulliman Schutte, Value Engineering.

Achieving Triple Bottom Line (TBL) Success using Progressive Design-Build Delivery

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Triple Bottom Line (TBL) success involves a team commitment to balancing not only the economic (financial) components of a project, but also that of social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Projects that seek this achievement must focus equally on each of these goals. Using progressive design-build delivery, the Southwestern Parkway CSO Basin project in Louisville, KY, realized this success while supporting Louisville MSD’s mission to “provide exceptional wastewater, drainage, and flood protection services for our community.” This $78 million project included the design, construction, and commissioning of a large “capture and release” system that temporarily stores combined sewage during wet weather events. This temporary storage is facilitated by a 20-million-gallon concrete storage tank with associated wash-down systems, and a 30-mgd effluent pump station constructed below the Great Lawn of Shawnee Park which is part of Louisville’s Olmsted Park system. The project was led by Ulliman Schutte and their engineer of record, Burgess & Niple.

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Topics: Progressive Design-Build, TBL, Ulliman Schutte.

Generating Team Collaboration in Construction Management at-Risk

The single most important factor for ensuring the success of the collaboration process is the careful selection of the individuals involved. This is perhaps even more critical in construction management-at-risk project delivery than in other design-build delivery methods due to the nature of the contracting arrangements.

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Topics: CMAR, Ulliman Schutte.

Guaranteed Maximum Price Determination on Progressive Design-Build Projects

“OK, so what’s this going to cost?” That’s the multi-million-dollar question we all want to know when starting out on any progressive design-build venture. It’s followed closely by “When will we know?” With the proper team in place, cost certainty can be achieved early in the progressive design-build process.

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Topics: Guaranteed Maximum Price, Progressive Design-Build, Ulliman Schutte.

Generating Team Collaboration in Construction Management at-Risk

The single most important factor for ensuring the success of the collaboration process is the careful selection of the individuals involved. This is perhaps even more critical in construction management-at-risk project delivery than in other design-build delivery methods due to the nature of the contracting arrangements.

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Topics: CMAR, Collaborative Delivery, Ulliman Schutte.