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This makes our approach to construction even more critical.

The last two years have brought a great deal of disruption to the construction industry at a time when we’re already seeing great change and innovation.

Further investment in technology such as BIM, AR/VR, and modularization are met by volatile material costs and supply chain issues resulting in schedule challenges. Disruption, however, can often bring meaningful change. And from our perspective, the increase demand for coordination among owner, design team, and contractor early in the process has made our approach to construction delivery on all projects even more critical to their success.

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This relatively new delivery method approaches projects differently than the traditional design-bid-build process, offering a higher level of cost control from the start and greater balance between design intent and budgetary constraints. As the CMAR, the contractor is brought in early in the planning and design process, working closely with the design team as the owner’s advocate, and assessing each phase of design in real-time for constructability, budget alignment, and schedule adherence. This increase in collaboration yields greater ability to handle scope changes and reduction in change orders during the construction phase.

With schedule in mind, CMAR delivery offers the opportunity to “fast track” construction, even before design is complete, by way of phased design packages for items like deep foundation, structure, and envelope. The purpose is to shorten the overall project timeline.

Put simply, for an increasing number of owners, CMAR is quickly gaining acceptance as the delivery method of choice when it comes to mitigating risk and increasing efficiency where projects often require a high level of constructability input due to multiple phases, technical complexity, and multi-discipline coordination. DonahueFavret has a long and successful history managing these complex projects for many of our region’s well-known institutions, including Tulane University, Franklin Foundation Hospital, Thibodaux Regional Health System, Children’s Hospital/LCMC, Lakeview Regional, and St. Tammany Parish School Board, to name a few.

CMAR in Practice

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Kyser Hall, Northwestern State University

Our team was recently selected as the CMAR for what will become the university’s newest classroom building. Kyser Hall will be a ground-up 80,000 SF building consisting of multi-purpose classrooms, teaching labs, and simulation clinics. Our Preconstruction Team recently provided the schematic design budget to the state after successfully navigating through current inflation issues, delivery challenges, an labor shortages.

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New Wellness Center, Franklin Foundation Hospital

In preparation for the construction of a new 63,000 SF wellness center for Franklin Foundation Hospital, our team recently completed the final stage of the CMAR preconstruction process. After a challenging design process due to Covid delays, storm impacts, inflation, and labor shortages, our team is looking forward to beginning construction later this month.

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Richardson Building, Tulane University

For this major historical renovation project, our team served as CMAR for the renovation of the 21,800 SF historic Richardson Building on Tulane’s Uptown campus. Our team utilized LEAN construction principles to carefully manage the schedule and construction activities. This ensured the project was brought in on time, and we were able to pass the savings on to our client.

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Education and Worship Center, First Baptist Church

Our team ​served as CMAR for First Baptist Church in Covington for the construction of its new 158,000 SF facility. During the design process, we identified opportunities to refine the program. In doing so, we brought forward alternates that the owner desired but initially could not incorporate into the project budget. As construction progressed, we were able to utilize unused contingencies to add scope to the project.

DonahueFavret Celebrates Team Member Milestones

lady with blonde hair in suit Debbie Bogantes | DonahueFavret General Contractor | Louisiana and Gulf South
Debbie Bogantes, 30 years

As DonahueFavret’s Chief Financial Officer, Debbie is a critical part of our daily operations and the overall financial health and sustainability of our firm.

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David Dupre, 20 years

With 40 years of experience, David serves as our Vice President of Operations. He will soon be concluding the construction of the new 80,000 SF Cancer Center for Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.

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Wendy Jarred, 20 years

Wendy is a Project Engineer and has worked on a number of our institutional and medical projects over the years, including Lakeview Regional Medical Pavilion, LA Heart Hospital, and TRMC Cancer Center.