Serving public and private clients across Texas
Project MEND Headquarters and Fulfillment Center. San Antonio, TX
Project MEND is a San Antonio based non-profit that for nearly 30 years has focused on transforming lives of those living with disabilities and illness by providing donated, refurbished medical equipment and assistive technology to those unable to obtain it on their own. Currently customers need to see their caseworkers in Project MEND’S office, then travel (usually in public transportation) to the warehouse to pick up the equipment. To continue its mission with improved customer access, Project MEND has constructed a new headquarters and fulfillment center that co-locates the warehouse and offices together, improving the client experience, and creating the largest medical equipment re-use facility in Texas.
With a total of 15,000 sqft the new facility is composed of 4,000 sqft of office and conference rooms, and 11,000 sqft of warehouse. The building also supports significant outdoor seating and activity areas that are symbolic of Project MEND’s desire to welcome community and clients in. This project used the traditional design-bid-build method. The project was funded by an array of generous donors in San Antonio, TX, as well as CDBG funding through the City of San Antonio and Bexar County. The Parra & Co team acts as the owner’s representative, an external third party under Project MEND to help guide the successful delivery of the project. Our goal has been to help plan, monitor, and control the overall project while serving as a liaison between Project MEND, Overland Partners (Architect), and the contractor.
Parra & Co co-developed an over-arching Project Management Plan (PMP) with the Architect and the Owner that provides budget and schedule management, progress monitoring, and quality program compliance. It also forms the basis for formal reporting of project progress and status to Project MEND. As such, even on Task Orders of limited scale and complexity, the PMP forms the basis for monitoring and managing the work. Our primary goal from the start has been to assist the owner in delivering a project that is within scope, budget and on schedule, while creating a harmonious experience for all of the project team members. This effort concludes with a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony on March 2nd, 2022.
The Qubes Student Residences. San Antonio, TX
Engaged by the land/project owner for the Qubes Student
Residences, Parra & Co acts as the owner’s Advisor and Construction Administrator for this $4M project.
The eco-friendly project, currently under construction, consists of 42 units made of 40 ft shipping containers, in a series of three-story buildings. A steel structure provides connection to the student’s common area. This is the only project of its kind around the University of Texas’ campus, expected to provide one unit per student at an incredibly competitive cost for the usual shared apartment.
Parra & Co is the liaison between the owner, project team, and contractor (Comma Underground). Our team has advised the owner to maintain the same design team for the construction phase. Parra & Co also secured the necessary permits from the City of San Antonio, SAWS and CPS for the owner.
Parra & Co’s scope of work included:
- Monthly construction progress report for the owner and bank.
- Create / Administer the project schedule
- Serve as liaison between the contractor, owner, and design team
- Daily job site construction inspection
- Special construction visits when concrete is scheduled to be poured
- Permitting assistance (City of San Antonio, SAWS, and CPS)