Welcome to C&S’s new Southeast regional newsletter! As a valued client to our Southeast practice, you are receiving this newsletter to give you a quarterly update on what we’ve been up to locally and nationally. Our aim is to provide some helpful knowledge and allow you to get to know our firm better with each issue.

In this issue:

Grand Avenue School Project

Historic Grand Avenue Elementary School

The City of Orlando has begun the task of rehabilitating and preserving the Historic Grand Avenue Elementary School as a part of their overall Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Plan. The school was constructed in 1926 and will be preserved along with a complete expansion of the facility. The new Youth and Family Center will provide after-school and summer programs, a pottery studio, recreation and sports programs, Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) youth and mentoring program, and a number of other community services. A full-sized 900-seat gymnasium is also a part of the redevelopment project that will provide a new venue for the current programs at the Downtown Recreation Complex.

C&S is proud to have provided structural engineering services as a part of a much larger design-build team led by Gilbane Construction Company. The overall project will double the size of the currently abandoned school building from almost 30,000 square feet to just under 60,000 square feet of new renovated space. The team has been diligently working for upwards of 10 months on design and are currently beginning the construction process. The design included combining numerous materials throughout, focusing on restoration of the historic timber facility, steel framing, and providing decorative insulated tilt-panels as the super structure to give the outside a fresh, modern feel. The architect and MEP teams have upgraded systems and brought in elements of the historic building throughout the new portions, combining them with modern sustainable solutions. The overall result has been designed with very specific goals by the City of Orlando to achieve LEED certification for sustainability. The rehabilitation will cost approximately $21 million to complete and is slated to be open to the community in the summer of 2022.

Kai Marion Joins C&S’s Southeast Practice Kai Marion photo

C&S’s Tampa office is excited to welcome Kai Marion as she relocates from our Albany, NY office. Kai joined C&S in 2019 and serves as Senior M/WBE Diversity Coordinator for our business development department, providing strategic leadership and M/W/DBE program management for the company. With over 20 years of experience implementing supplier diversity programs in the engineering and construction fields, her responsibilities include program development, compliance monitoring, outreach, engagement and reporting. She is a seasoned diversity professional who has provided testimony to the House Committee on Small Business. Her efforts have been recognized by the National Association of Minority Contractors SC Chapter and the Surety and Fidelity Association of America.

Kai holds a Master Compliance Administrator certification from Morgan State University and received her BA from SUNY-Albany. She previously held roles at The Lane Construction Corporation, State University Construction Fund and New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation. 

Engineer Spotlight – Matt McQuinn, P.E., CEM, LEED AP

Matt McQuinn photo

Matt McQuinn is a mechanical engineer who studied at UCF and has been performing HVAC design for 14 years, spending 8 of them with C&S. During that time he has acquired his LEED certification and his Certified Energy Manager (CEM) credential. Since mechanical engineers tend to be tasked with generating energy code compliance for projects he has an affinity for designing energy efficiency into facilities, specifically through smart design for renovations and buildings that don’t actively pursue particular green standards.

While playing a role in project management, in addition to design, he has grown to appreciate the overall design process and is passionate about contributing ideas on how to integrate good energy-use designs.

Outside of engineering, Matt enjoys playing the piano and clarinet and trying to figure out vegetable gardening. He appreciates the opportunity to put his musical interests to use at the church he attends. On many Saturday mornings, you’ll find him at the local soccer park watching his children compete in youth soccer, or out with the family on Central Florida’s hiking trails.

Question & Answer with Matt McQuinn

Solar panels in field for power generationThe Feasibility of On-Site Power Generation

Recently, C&S’s Southeast team has performed a variety of renewable energy feasibility studies for a diverse set of project types. Not only can it have a positive impact on your community, but long-term it can serve your bottom line. 

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transition to teal organizational paradigms chart

The Transition to Teal

A fundamental shift has been taking place at C&S. This article highlights how our team is evolving to a higher level of interaction and performance by focusing less on hierarchy and more on purpose and personal passion.

Our President & CEO John Trimble shares his insights on the topic.

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Shared Coordinates

When working on a large project with multiple trades involved, it’s critical that the models are aligned in the same location. A common way to ensure this is to use shared coordinates. Shared coordinates is the method of using geo-located coordinates (obtained from a physical survey or Civil3D model) and publishing them across all models so that they use the same system and move together.

Shared coordinates involve having the survey point and the project base point located at the correct spot. The survey point is the component that drives the models into the correct geo-located position and the project base point acts as the origin for all modeled elements. While using shared coordinates affects mainly the survey point, it’s critical to have both points consistent across all models.

Identify a base model.

The base model will be the model that the coordinates are published/acquired from. It’s critical that the survey point/project base point are located in the correct spot.

Publish the shared coordinates from the base model prior to beginning work.

Link in all trade models into the base model at the beginning of the project. At the outset, it doesn’t matter how they’re loaded (center to center, origin to origin, etc.). Then “Publish” the coordinates of the base model to the linked models.

Note: If you are using BIM360, this must be done before publishing the models to the cloud. You cannot publish coordinates on BIM360. You can, however, acquire coordinates. If the coordinates need to be fixed in any fashion, the models need to be removed from BIM360 and replaced following publishing the coordinates.

Link the base model into the other models “By Shared Coordinates”.

After publishing the coordinates the base model, all of the models should now be on the same coordinate system and load in at the same geo-located spot. If the models don’t come into the correct spot, you may have to “Acquire Coordinates” from the base model. Revit sometimes gets fussy with this (call it a Revitism), so you may need to publish AND acquire the coordinates.

Pin the Survey Point & Project Base Point

Once the models are lined up, make sure both points are pinned. This will prevent them from erroneously moving. Keep in mind that using the “Transfer Project Standards- Project Info” function may cause the coordinates to shift.

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