On August 7, 2001, Pilot Contracting Corporation interviewed with GBBN Architects, KLH Engineers and Thomas More College to provide their services as Construction Manager for a 40,000 square foot, 160-bed student residence on the campus of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Pilot was selected from a field of Construction Management firms on August 8, 2001 and the first design team meeting was held August 9, 2001. Schedule on this project was critical. The College required completion of the dormitory by August 2002, for use by the incoming students.
Design team meetings continued weekly through the completion of the final bid documents. The project was "fast-tracked," in order for substantial completion to be obtained by the owners required date. The site earthwork, asphalt paving, and site utilities were bid and awarded during the design process, prior to completion of the final bid documents. Pilot had worked with the City of Crestview Hills to receive conditional approval to commence with the site work and the first equipment was on site moving dirt on September 24, 2001. Pilot worked through the winter, and received the final Certificate of Occupancy on July 26, 2002, 10 months after the first piece of equipment was brought on site.
The 160-bed dormitory includes forty student suites, two Resident Assistant suites and a Residence Director's apartment. Each student suite has two bedrooms each housing two students, a private bathroom and living room. Each room is wired for phone, cable and telecommunications network data. The entire building is set for wireless internet access. Other features include private, open and group study rooms; a large community living room; laundry facilities and a private exterior patio.
Other Projects Completed for Thomas More College:
In 1997, Pilot worked as construction manager with Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects and Maxfield, Schwartz, Lonneman, and Kohrs Engineers to create the Holbrook Student Center. The Student Center houses student government, campus security and administrative offices. It also includes a game room, study labs, a computer center, meeting rooms, dance studio and a grille.
During their 75th anniversary celebration, Pilot was enlisted to turn Lockhouse #35 in Campbell County, Kentucky into the college's new Ohio River Biology Field Station. Constructed in 1919, Lockhouse No. 35 was part of a series of locks and dams along the Ohio River. The old lockhouse was provided a new standing seam metal roof, new windows, complete new mechanical and electrical systems and handicapped accessabilty. The field station houses several research and teaching labs, as well as classrooms.
As Thomas More College began planning for a new convocation and recreation center they enlisted the services of an architect who completed the plans and specifications. The project was placed out for bid and Pilot Contracting was the low bidder, out of seven contractors. Our low bid was a million dollars over their budget. The Pilot team requested the opportunity to work with the College and architect to do some value engineering, in order to bring the project within budget. Ten days later, Pilot presented several revisions that would allow Thomas More to build their convocation center, within their budget, and without sacrificing the size of the building. A short time later Pilot broke ground and completed the project much to the continued satisfaction of the college.