American Constructors built the highly-anticipated Santa Fe Plaza in historic downtown Temple, which serves as a monument to the city and a focal point of downtown development. The plaza includes two office complexes and an open area for public gatherings. The site has a campus-like feel with the Temple ISD Administration Facility flanking one end of the site and the Santa Fe Business Center on the other. The business center houses offices for project co-owners, Temple Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Temple Chamber of Commerce, as well as offices for Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. The two-story facility also includes a career center, boardroom, training room, and conference rooms.
Due to the tight project budget, it was imperative that we work hand-in-hand with designers and the owner to optimize the value of each component of the building during the entire pre-construction process. By doing this, we were able to keep the project on budget and minimize any cost-cutting measures necessary once the project was bid. During the pre-construction process, we optimized the foundation system, exterior skin, mechanical system, and finishes. We also developed a list of bid alternates and finishes that could easily be incorporated into the project to meet the intended budget. This successful approach enabled us to meet the budget while saving the owner over $500,000.