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Harkins Celebrates Groundbreaking of Christ’s Home Wing Addition

Warminster, PA

On December 2nd, Harkins joined project partners for the groundbreaking ceremony of Christ’s Home Wing Addition in Warminster, PA.

This expansion project will consist of 30 two-bedroom units, along with a two-story entrance lobby with a fireplace and seating, a movie theater, and a community room. In addition, other areas of the community will include a fine dining hall and an outdoor patio. Harkins looks forward to working with our partners, including client Christ’s Home, architect Lenhardt Rogers, on this new and exciting addition.

Harkins Celebrates Groundbreaking of Braddock Senior

Fairfax, VA

On November 18th, the Harkins team attended the groundbreaking ceremony of Braddock Senior in Fairfax, VA.

When complete, Braddock Senior will consist of an 80-unit senior living community across a four-story building. The project will include indoor amenities such as a business center, community room, multipurpose room, fitness room, and a wellness room. Harkins looks forward to working with client APAH, architect Grimm + Parker Architects, and other project partners on this new and exciting development in Fairfax County.

Harkins Celebrates Groundbreaking of Roslyn Rise

Columbia, MD

On November 11th, Harkins gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of Roslyn Rise in Columbia, MD.

When complete, Roslyn Rise will bring a 153-unit modern and sustainable community to the residents of Howard County. The community will include multiple amenities such as a large after-school tutoring space, fitness center, community room, dog park, and a large outdoor patio. Harkins is excited to work with long-time client Enterprise Community Development, architect Grimm + Parker Architects, and all other project partners on this inspiring development.

Harkins Celebrates Groundbreaking of Little Lehigh Phase I

Allentown, PA

On November 10th, the Harkins team attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Little Lehigh Phase I project in Allentown, PA.

This is the first phase of a two-phase project to reconstruct former public housing into a new mixed-income community for 50 households. The project will consist of five new buildings with one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom units, as well as a community building with a multitude of resident amenities. Harkins looks forward to working with long-term project partners, including client Pennrose and architect WRT on this new and exciting redevelopment.

Technology in Action: SPR Takes Precon to the Next Level

By: Harkins Senior Estimator JD Reynolds

Harkins’ Preconstruction Department set out over 15 years ago to differentiate ourselves in the industry by developing a process that would streamline all aspects of construction and bring added value to the entire project lifecycle. Our Government Group realized the effectiveness of the RediCheck system, required on their projects, in identifying coordination and constructability issues and minimizing construction RFIs, delays, and costs, so we began to use that as our model and expand and adapt it to Harkins projects. We called our new process the Structured Plan Review (SPR).

The SPR begins when the construction documents begin to reach 75% – 90% completion. We call for an internal meeting of all team members on the project and add 5-10 Harkins employees who have expertise in the construction type or systems being used on the project. These additional team members bring fresh eyes to the project documents and may see things that may have been previously overlooked.

At the meeting, all project documents are uploaded to Bluebeam Studio, which creates a virtual, collaborative workspace. All team members are assigned different disciplines to review within the documents, based on their experience and skill set. Any items in question or of concern are noted. Ultimately, a list of RFIs is created from the comments on the documents and submitted to the design team prior to bid documents being issued.

The RFIs that are created from the SPR cover a wide variety of topics. They could be items as small as missing door tags or dimensions, which will save frivolous RFIs from being written during construction. Or they could uncover larger issues, such as missing footings, significant MEP coordination, etc.

The SPR has evolved tremendously since its inception. We started incorporating BIM technologies when models are made available. One key aspect of the BIM model has been tagging coordination and clash detection issues (in Revizto) that are not as easily noticed during our 2D review. Taking BIM a step further, we have also incorporated 4D scheduling, where the team can see the model overlayed on the site plan and constructed according to the schedule. During this review, many site logistics issues are worked through, which saves time and money before we ever break ground.

The final step of the SPR is to deliver our findings to the design team and work collaboratively to ensure they are addressed in the documents prior to the bid process or breaking ground. The SPR is so effective at reducing coordination issues, RFIs, and time delays, that it creates a much smoother and cost-effective construction process. The SPR is an essential part of Harkins delivering our projects on time and under budget.

Continuous improvement is part of Harkins’ culture, and the SPR is no exception. To increase the leverage of collaboration, Harkins teams have begun to invite design team members to the Bluebeam Studio sessions so they can see, review, and comment on items and issues in real-time in one common space. Any issues or potential issues within the plans and specifications can be identified and immediately seen by the entire team. We hope this next step will help to identify more issues and allow them to be addressed at a faster pace, making the SPR and Harkins’ preconstruction process even more effective.

Header photo: Example screen from the Revizto Issue Tracker. The system has identified a clash between the wood frame truss, mechanical ductwork, and plumbing risers, which can be collaboratively tracked and resolved before construction. BIM technology has taken Harkins’ SPR to the next level of effectiveness.

Harkins Expands in Central Virginia/Tidewater

As part of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, one of Harkins’ growth goals is to expand our geographic footprint and establish a presence in the Central Virginia/Tidewater region. Since welcoming Senior Project Manager Damion Pizarro to the Harkins team in late 2021, we opened a new office in Richmond to support our expanding presence in this burgeoning corridor. Located at 7400 Beaufont Springs Drive in the Boulders Business Park, our new office will further enhance relationships with local clients, architects, and trade partners. Both Damion and Steve Rubin, our project development executive, are working hard and logging many miles to develop new business relationships.

Starting with two active projects being managed out of the Richmond office, expansion plans include hiring opportunities to build a team of construction professionals working alongside several seasoned Harkins employee-owners. Friendship Court Phase 1 in Charlottesville is nearing 50% completion. One of a handful of new projects in Virginia that is designed to the highly coveted energy-efficient Passive House standards, the community will consist of 106 affordable housing units and a one-level structured parking garage. In addition, we recently broke ground on Altitude, a 118-unit market rate development minutes from downtown Raleigh, NC that is anticipating completion in fall 2023. Our team is working hard on a few other projects in Central Virginia, which we expect will break ground in Q4-2022 and Q1-2023.

In addition, Harkins was awarded a spot on the coveted $950 million NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk contract to support large construction projects in the Hampton Roads area of operation. This multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is expected to deliver various project types throughout the region, including administrative offices, communications infrastructure, dormitories, industrial buildings, medical clinics, training ranges, and warehouses over a five-year period.

We look forward to growing the Central Virginia/Tidewater region into a thriving component of our Mid-Atlantic footprint. Please reach out to either Damion or Steve if you have a project in this region to discuss.

Feature photo by: CommercialCafe

Harkins Celebrates Grand Opening of Waypoint Apartments

Alexandria, VA

On September 29th, Harkins joined project partners to celebrate the grand opening of Waypoint Apartments in Alexandria, VA!

We are excited to bring this 81-unit affordable apartment community to the City of Alexandria. The project’s amenities include a community center, on-site laundry facilities, and a landscaped courtyard. In addition, a below-grade parking structure will be available for residents. Congratulations to client Wesley Housing Development, architect Heffner Architects, PC, and all other project partners on bringing this project to life.

Harkins Celebrates Groundbreaking of Lofts at Kennett Square

Kennett Square, PA

On September 27th, Harkins gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of Lofts at Kennett Square in Kennett Square, PA.

When complete, Lofts at Kennett Square will consist of a 166-unit luxury apartment community spread across a four-story wood framed building. In addition to the apartments, a 138-space below-grade parking garage will be available to residents. Harkins is proud to partner with client Berger Rental Communities, architect MV+A Architects, and other partners on this new development.

Harkins Celebrates Grand Opening of Parkside Landing

Rockville, MD

On September 13th, Harkins gathered for the grand opening of Parkside Landing in Rockville, MD!

We are thrilled to bring 183 newly renovated apartment units to the City of Rockville. The apartments are spread across 19 buildings. The scope of work included interior and exterior renovations. Congratulations to client Rockville Housing Enterprises, architect The Arcadia Group, and other project partners on this much-needed renovation project.

Harkins Celebrates Groundbreaking of Junction 49

Charlotte, NC

On June 7th, Harkins joined project partners to celebrate the groundbreaking of Junction 49 in Charlotte, NC.

When complete, Junction 49 will consist of a new 229-unit student housing community spread across two apartment buildings. In addition to the apartment units, a wrapped precast parking garage will be available to residents. Harkins is excited to work with project partners including client SR Real Estate Partners, architect Planworx, and others on this project for students at UNC Charlotte.