Design and Construction
Design and Construction is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of approved construction, renovation, or remodeling projects. Renovations and Alterations (R&A) is an internal construction company using internal trades personnel and limited internal architectural, engineering & interior design services. Campus Projects is professional staff responsible for the management of outside architects, engineers, and contractors. Please contact us at (217) 581-7215. You may also contact us through Stephen Shrake, Associate Director for Design and Construction (217) 581-3520.
The Design and Construction Unit is committed to providing Campus Customers with design and Construction services.
On Time, On Cost, and On Design
The Campus Projects Department is currently responsible for construction projects totaling $11 million, in various stages of development. The companion Renovations and Alteration Department (which is responsible for in¬house design and construction projects) has 72 projects totaling in excess of $2,024,000 on its list. Campus Projects is staffed with the Associates Director Stephen Shrake, and Mechanical Engineer, Chad Weber. Some management responsibilities are contracted out to consultants.
To manage these projects effectively, we must utilize formal PROJECT MANAGEMENT techniques, regardless of the size of the projects. All members of the team, the owner, the users, the architect and the contractors must utilize and understand Project Management techniques that include scheduling, budgeting, assignment of resources, monitoring progress and reporting. The motto of the unit must be “Plan the Work and Work the Plan”. All projects require realistic schedules that include a detailed Work Breakdown Structure, from contract signing through project closeout, and that are monitored and updated. Most projects have Board approval dates at the front of a project and move¬in deadline dates at the close. Project Management must be a part of the A/E’s established procedures and should be delineated in an office “Project Management Manual”.
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
To be effective in managing Campus Projects, EIU staff must focus its efforts at the “front” end of a project. Excessive contract administration and change order processing seriously diminishes our ability to manage work in the initial phases of a project. Management of the construction process and minimizing change orders are of particular importance. A/E’s must exhibit knowledge of QA/QC methods. Firms should have an established Quality Assurance manual. Quality Assurance should begin with a formal written plan, which indicates specific methods to ensure Quality. Quality Control should be checklist based and include constructability and conflict reviews. QC procedures can be conducted in–house or contracted to outside firms. Redi¬check and other proprietary systems are particularly favored. Executed checklists should be submitted with review drawings.
It is a goal of Design and Construction to keep the campus community informed of activities that affect their space. Classes may be scheduled into alternate locations and traffic may be re¬routed, but it is necessary to inform the campus community in a timely manner. For us to accomplish this it is necessary for the A/E to inform us of current project status. A/E’s shall fax or e¬mail a one page project status report to Design and Construction every Wednesday from the beginning of design to project closeout. This report is circulated through the department and is as an effective tool to assist us in informing the campus community. Use of E¬mail is essential. We look forward to the day when we can manage projects on the web.
A/E Design Contracts
Guide for Architects and Engineers
Campus Master Plan
Construction safety manual
Campus Projects consists of professional staff to manage architects, engineers, and contractors we hire to construct larger projects. We manage locally funded projects and monitor state funded projects. The State Capital Development Board (CDB) manages our state funded projects but we monitor them in order to keep our administration informed of their progress. Campus Projects has one architect, one engineer, and one project coordinator to perform this service. Campus Projects also provides limited design services to the R&A group.
Contact Mechanical Engineering Architecture or Architect for any questions.
Renovations and Alterations
Main Contacts :
Steve Shrake - Manager of Design and Construction
Deb Black - Construction Project Coordinator I
Todd Thomason - Renovations and Alterations Electrician Foreman
Duff Sowers - Renovations and Alterations Carpenter Foreman
Tony Craven - Renovations and Alterations Mason Foreman
The Renovations and Alterations Department designs, plans, estimates and completes approved Renovation and Remodeling (R&R) requests. Construction staff is hired as needed to complete projects.
The Campus Projects Department manages the design and construction of major renovations and other projects. Projects are typically designed by outside architects and engineers and the construction is completed by outside contractors.
Both departments adhere to the following work order process which must be used to initiate a project:
Initial Contact: Client can complete a green sheet and mail it to Renovations and Alterations (R&A); OR
Client can make initial contact with Facilities Planning and Management requesting work. If request is received at Work Control and is not a maintenance item, Work Control forwards the request on to Renovations and Alterations.
Green Sheet: Client's request is transferred to a green sheet. The green sheet includes the following information: client; date; description of work requested; location/building; department; room; funds budgeted (if known); client's phone number; account name; account number; and fiscal agent. Upon receipt of the green sheet, the Project Coordinator assigns a work order number to the project. The Coordinator also assigns a project manager and creates the input sheet.
Input Sheet: This sheet is used to input project information into various programs. These programs track the progress of the project and compile estimates.
Pre-Design: After completion of the input sheet, the Project Coordinator determines the scope of the project. Based on the scope of the project, the Coordinator decides if the project can be estimated with quick notes and rough sketches or if detailed drawings are needed.
If it is determined that the project requires detailed drawings, the Coordinator or the architect begins a set of drawings. The design phase of a project can vary depending on the size of the project. A large project involving several aspects (plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, environmental control) can take several weeks to complete. Smaller projects can be completed within days.
Estimating: If a project is detailed enough to need drawings, the foremen and sub-foremen will work from these drawings to estimate their part in the project. In addition to estimating their work, they will estimate the materials needed for the project. Due to purchasing laws, materials have to be bid. This process can take several weeks and may delay the estimating.
If the project is a smaller one, it can be estimated from rough sketches and sometimes from green sheet information. The foremen and sub-foremen can work from these notes to estimate their part in the project. However, the same purchasing laws apply and the materials portion of the estimate will take some time.
Compiling the Estimates: After shops complete estimates they are given to the Project Coordinator. The Coordinator compiles the full estimate including all shop estimates, all materials and any outside contractor's services (carpeting, draperies, blinds, etc.) that will be involved in the project.
Work Order: The Project Coordinator will write the work order using information from the input sheet and from the completed estimate. The work order is typed and signed by the Project Coordinator and is sent to the department that requested the work.
The requesting department is responsible for indicating the account number to which the work is to be charged and for securing the fiscal agent's signature. After completion of the work order, the department mails it to the Accounting Department. Accounting will encumber the funds for the project.
After the work order is encumbered, Accounting mails it to Facilities Planning and Management. Upon receipt of the executed work order, the Project Coordinator notifies the appropriate trades that the work order has been approved and the project can begin.
Scheduling the Work: The project is then scheduled. For the most part, projects are scheduled on a "first come, first served" basis. However, occasionally a project needs to be done within a specified time period and those projects may take precedence over a work order that was received at an earlier date. Every effort is made to complete all work orders in a timely manner.
Change Orders: Occasionally a customer may request additional work to coincide with an ongoing project. Usually these requests are above and beyond the scope of the initial work order. However, we can do the requested work. We will need to determine the scope of the additional work, decide if more drawings and specifications are required and estimate the work. After the estimation is completed, a change order will be written. The change order then follows the routing of the original work order, including obtaining appropriate signatures. After the change order has been processed and is received by R&A, the work is scheduled. Delays in completing the requested change order could occur due to material delivery dates and other outside influences beyond our control.