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April 24, 2013 Case Study 1 min read
Shortly after a $16 million bond passed, Cassopolis Public Schools sought to undergo a major facility renovation within a tight three-year time frame stipulated by the bond.
Cassopolis Public Schools Exterior
Cassopolis Public Schools Exterior
Cassopolis Public Schools Playground
Cassopolis Public Schools Playground
Cassopolis Public Schools Side View
Cassopolis Public Schools Side View

The challenge

Shortly after a $16 million bond passed, Cassopolis Public Schools (CPS) sought to undergo a major facility renovation stipulated by the bond. 

Due to requirements attached to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, the project had to be completed within a three-year time frame. The district needed an experienced project management firm that could integrate with its existing staff and vendors.

The solution

CPS engaged Plante Moran Cresa (PMC) to be an independent advocate through the design and construction process of the project, which covered 95,248 square feet of space. 

After meeting with the architect and the construction manager, PMC was able to identify and formulate a comprehensive single-phase construction strategy that reduced the project duration from an anticipated multi-phase, three-year schedule to 18 months. Additionally, PMC worked with the district to temporarily relocate existing students satisfactorily within other school buildings in the district to allow for the single-phase construction effort. 

The benefit

By reducing the project schedule from 36 months to 18 months, PMC saved the district roughly $800,000. CPS was able to invest these savings into new technology for the renovated and expanded building.