Client/Project: Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Welding Lab

The Problem: Cincinnati State had been seeking a way to expand enrollment in its high-demand Welding program by converting two classrooms into Welding Labs, but faced limited budget and was unable to bid the project. Then, the college received a Federal Grant to fund the project, but the grant came with a short fuse of three months. This tight timing was complicated by long 8-week fabrication lead times for numerous equipment items, including a new air handler, dust collection system, large electrical feeds, and air compressor. Also, midway through the project it was discovered that additional gas lines, regulators, and manifolds were needed in order for the school to operate the lab efficiently. Without sufficient internal resources, Cincinnati State needed project management capabilities to bring this complex project home on time and on budget.

The Solution: Browne immediately assigned the contractors’ schedules so Cincinnati State could approve plans and the long fabrication items could get moving to ensure on-time delivery. While fabrication was underway, Browne ensured that the space conversion schedule proceeded smoothly and that the equipment rough-ins were ready at the time of delivery. When the need for additional lines was discovered, Browne ensured that the additional materials matched the owner’s requirements and worked within the existing budget.

Services applied: Project management, construction management, owner’s representative, Federal Grant reporting management

The Outcome: Cincinnati State has achieved its objective of enabling more students to earn welding certifications with 12 new state of the art booths in their new Welding Lab.

A dedication ceremony for the new welding lab at Cincinnati State Community College was held on April 14, 2016. Additional information can be found here.