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Plante Moran Realpoint creates $1.8 million in savings for Milan Area Schools during $49 million bond program

The challenge

Milan Area Schools' reputation as a "district of choice" within Washtenaw County, Michigan, was validated by the passage of a $49 million bond. To ensure that the school district's high standards were upheld, Milan Area Schools needed an experienced, independent, and unbiased advocate. To that end, the district engaged Plante Moran Realpoint (PMR), formerly Plante Moran Cresa, as owner's representative. 

The solution

Following PMR's initial success as owner's representative, the district expanded PMR's role to program manager, to assist in contract negotiations with the architect, construction manager, and technology firm. 

PMR helped the district keep the design and construction on schedule and on budget by actively overseeing the program and reporting to the school board and superintendent.

The benefit

PMR created $1.8 million in savings for Milan Area Schools in the 566,676-square-foot renovation and 30,000-square-foot addition by accelerating the design and construction schedule. Implementing PMR's processes accomplished the district’s goals and objective for its bond program while remaining in line with its high standards. 

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