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2 O.C. firms partner on $28 million design-build project

Anaheim's Pinner Construction Co., Irvine's gkkworks were selected by the L.A. Unified School District to lead the effort.

By Brandon RussellPublished: May 10, 2011 03:14 PM

Anaheim-based Pinner Construction Co. and Irvine-based gkkworks have been tapped by the Los Angeles Unified School District for a $28 million design-build redevelopment project at Dorsey High School.

The two companies are teaming up to provide the property owner with design and construction services under a single contract, sharing the financial and logistical risks along the way.

The multi-phase Dorsey project calls for the construction of a two-story, 28,000-square-foot classroom building; a 22,000-square-foot gymnasium; and the modernization of the existing 19,000-square-foot gymnasium, among other developments. Construction components will be designed and developed to garner a LEED Silver rating.

“Considering the aggressive scheduling of this project’s multiple phases, design-build is a great choice,” said Justin Davis, project estimator for the Pinner Construction and gkkworks team. “The design-build method allows us to work more collaboratively, thereby getting all phases of the entire project designed, approved and built faster."

Benefits of the design-build method include faster delivery, cost savings and better quality, according to Washington D.C.-based Design Build Institute of America.

Davis called the design-build project a "best-value approach" for the district – and the students.

"The students will ultimately benefit by being able to use the newly constructed facilities earlier while the modernization of the existing gym continues during the final phase,” said Davis.

The project is slated for completion in 2014.

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