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VERTICAL FACILITIES SAMPLE PROJECTS
2022 | Project MEND New Headquarters and Fulfillment Center - Owner's Rep
Project MEND is a San Antonio based non-profit that for over 29 years has focused on transforming lives by providing a Medical Equipment Network for those with Disabilities and cannot afford assistive technologies or have gaps in their insurance coverage. Prior to the new headquarters, customers needed to see their caseworkers in Project MEND’S office, to then travel (usually in public transportation) to the warehouse to pick up the equipment. To continue its mission with improved customer access, Project MEND 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, and second largest in the U.S.
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. Parra & Co acted as the owner’s representative, an external third party under Project MEND to help guide the successful delivery of the project. Our goal was to help plan, monitor, and control the overall project while serving as a liaison between Project MEND, Overland Partners (Architect), and the contractor. This project received CDBG Funds, so the procurement of the contractor included: Davis Bacon Act; DBE/MBE/WBE goals; “2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design” (2010 Standards); and equal opportunities obligations for contractors and subcontractors, among other criteria.
Parra & Co co-developed an over-arching Project Management Plan (PMP) with the Architect and the Owner that provided budget and schedule management, progress monitoring, and quality program compliance. It also formed 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 formed the basis for monitoring and managing the work. Our primary goal from the start was 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 concluded with a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony on March 2nd, 2022.
2019 | HEB Buffalo Speedway Curbside Expansion - Civil Engineering
Parra & Co was engaged by HEB to complete a Due Diligence Study and provide Civil Engineering services for the Buffalo Speedway location (Houston 51). The objective was to install a Tomax Door & Sidewalk to the Curbside Pick-Up.
Our engineers coordinated and attended a pre-development meeting with Planning, Engineering, Drainage, Permitting of the City of Houston and performed a site visit. Parra & Co engaged Dye Enterprises to assist with surveying services.
Following the Improvement & topographic surveys and the completion of the Due Diligence study, the Parra & Co team provided Site Civil Construction Documents (General Notes, Demolition Plans, Dimensional Control, Grading Plan and Details), Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, Stormwater Management Plan & Drainage Report, as well as administration services.
2021 | San Agustin Cathedral Plaza Rehabilitation & Improvements
Parra & Co in collaboration with Able City and the Diocese of Laredo assisted on the rehabilitation and plaza improvements as part of the San Agustin Plaza Master Plan.
In 2014, the team began to assess, restore, rehabilitate, and improve Laredo’s most recognizable historic structure, which was originally built in 1872. The focus on the building itself was broadened to include the transitional spaces or plazas to the west and south of the tower. These plazas play a critical role in the experience of the Cathedral’s visitors, and to the urban life playing out in the city around it.
Parra & Co provided Site Civil and Utility Plans for this project. Given that the project is in downtown Laredo, we worked with the City to determine where the right connections should be. Civil Engineering was completed in 2020 and the construction was finalized in 2021.
This project was awarded the AIA RGV Design Award 2021.
*Photo via Able City.