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Project Highlight: Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

In October 2017 the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU) requested Fidevia to carry out a facilities assessment report on their 1605 West Main Street Building located in Norristown, Pennsylvania.  The building was constructed in phases between 1965 and 1995 and is approximately 82,000 square feet.  The last major capital improvement project was completed in the mid 1990’s.

At the MCIU November 2017 Board Meetings, Fidevia presented their report along with possible budget options for a remodeling project.  The report identified that the majority of the building systems and exterior elements were past or nearing the end of their serviceable life along with lack of ADA compliance and site improvements.  In the Spring of 2018, MCIU Board moved forward with a $10 million project.

During the remainder of 2018, MCIU, Fidevia and the design team created the bid package, which was released for bidding in late March 2019.  Bids were received in late April 2019 however, prices came in over budget.  Within a two-week turnaround, Fidevia and the design team modified the bid package to include additional scope and a phased schedule within the occupied building.  Using PennBid, the bid package was re-released in early May 2019.  Bids were received in late May 2019 and, at its May 2019 Board Meeting, the MCIU approved the project with a budget of $10.8 million.

The project started in August 2019, and even with phasing revisions, the project was progressing well, on schedule and within budget until the COVD-19 related shutdown was enforced.  With Fidevia’s team approach, necessary safety protocols were put into place and the project has reopened.  It is Fidevia’s belief and intent that the project will maintain the substantial completion date of Fall 2020 prior to school starting.

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