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JOSEPH Construction, Maryville College partnership saves institution $553,000

December 9, 2015

Dec. 9, 2015

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Over the last three years, JOSEPH Construction has completed two large construction projects at Maryville College, and the contractor saved approximately $553,000 combined on the Anderson Hall and Pearsons Hall projects by partnering closely with college officials.

Anderson Hall, photo by Peter Montanti of Mountain Photographics

Anderson Hall at Maryville College, photo by Peter Montanti of Mountain Photographics

“Anderson and Pearsons are both historic buildings critical to our campus operation and aesthetic,” said Jeff Ingle, chief financial officer for Maryville College. “Yet, even with those considerations, we are mindful of our budget and grateful to JOSEPH Construction for identifying money-saving opportunities.”

Anderson, which provides the largest academic space on the campus at 25,500 square feet, reopened Jan. 28, 2015 and was rededicated May 14. Approximately $19,000 was saved on the interior reconstruction of the structure, which was built in 1870.

Pearsons, which was built in 1910, serves as a dining hall and student housing. Its renovation was completed in two phases. Phase one updated the dining hall and was completed in 13 weeks, opening in August 2014.

Pearsons Hall at Maryville College

Pearsons Hall at Maryville College

After seven months of construction, phase two was complete just before this fall semester. The project included clearing the second and third floors down to the studs and installing interior drywall, flooring, fixtures, ceilings and doors. New bathrooms and laundry facilities also were installed, along with a common kitchen and gathering area.

JOSEPH identified a contract revenue savings between $75,000 and $100,000 for Pearsons. The construction company saved an additional $434,000 credit in non-invoiced change orders.

“The College received more than what they agreed to in the initial contract,” said Barry Brooke, who manages the college’s construction contracts and projects as executive vice president for Lawler-Wood, LLC.

With both buildings in operation, Maryville College is eyeing other capital improvements projects, including the Career Center suite located in historic Bartlett Hall. The Career Center renovation is in beginning stages.

“We pride ourselves on being good stewards of our clients’ construction funds,” said Blair Kline, marketing coordinator and project manager for JOSEPH Construction. “We’re proud of the outcome of the projects at Maryville College on campus and on the bottom line. We look forward to continuing our work and budget monitoring for the institution.”

About JOSEPH Construction

Locally owned JOSEPH Construction was founded in 1972. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., the company also has offices in Sevierville and Johnson City. The firm is one of the region’s largest general contractors, construction managers and design/builders. Throughout its history, the company has completed hundreds of projects for a variety of industrial, educational, retail, health care, historical and insurance restoration clients.

About Maryville College

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state’s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2015 semester was 1,213.