O’Connor Construction Management Earns Third Consecutive CMAA Award for Excellence
Winning Project: Zura Residence Hall Renovation at San Diego State University

O’Connor Construction Management, Inc. is proud to celebrate the successful completion of the Zura Residence Hall renovation project at San Diego State University (SDSU). TThe project and the management team from O’Connor have earned the Western Pacific Region Merit Award for excellence in construction management from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) San Diego Regional Chapter.  This is O’Connor’s third CMAA project award for a San Diego State University project in the past three years.

Originally built in 1968, the 141,000 GSF facility features three separate housing towers with five, seven, and eight stories, and a common first floor. The 585-bed facility was overhauled to increase housing density to 606 beds. Upgrades include an enhanced main entrance, the enclosure of selected balconies to increase resident room sizes, new restroom cores, upgraded finishes, new HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, as well as replacement of windows and seismic upgrades. The state-of-the-art facility was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

With a total project cost of $53 million and a 24 month design and construction schedule, occupancy in the Fall Semester 2015 was the defining goal for project success. For the University, missing the completion date meant housing and transporting more than 650 students each school day. According to SDSU Associate Vice President of Real Estate, Richard Schulz, “We’ve conservatively calculated the cost of missing that opening date at well above $6 million in lost revenue. Thanks to all of you, that is a bill we never had to put on our student residents.” Collaboration with the entire team was integral to project success.

Highlights of O’Connor’s strategy include:

  • Collaborative Design/Build Project Delivery: The Collaborative Design/Build project delivery method was created specifically for the Zura project with the support of the O’Connor team, and has now been adopted as the standard at SDSU and across the CSU system for large construction projects. One of the many benefits of this process is the Target Value Design, a transparent process for managing the design of the project to a target budget amount.
  • Schedule Review: O’Connor provided expert insight and suggestions on regular schedule updates, constantly scrutinizing sequencing of work for any possible time savings.
  • Lean Pull Planning: The use of a lean pull planning schedule at major construction milestones to maintain progress and keep the completion date accurate.
  • Incentives: As part of the RFP/Q creation process, O’Connor worked with the University on an incentive program which was included as a requirement in the RFP/Q. Incentives were included for both the Design/Builder and the staff in the field.
  • System Design Documentation and Technical Data Support
< About us: O’Connor Construction Management, Inc. is a valued leader of quality management solutions for the built environment that takes ownership of our clients’ needs and problems, and values their resources as our own. O’Connor was founded in 1982 as a cost consultancy for owners and design professionals and we have offices throughout Southern California (Irvine, San Diego) and Northern California (San Francisco, Oakland), Las Vegas, and Washington, DC. Over the past 34 years, we have broadened our scope of services to excel at every aspect of program, project, and construction management. O’Connor is a California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) and a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (OCMI, LLC). Home