UPenn contracted rand* to provide construction services for the new tenant interior project for the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. The project required a complete demolition of an existing tenant space and full build back while coordinating with five other construction projects in the building. Constant communication with the building engineer was critical to maintain a master delivery schedule to coordinate loading dock access, freight availability, and dunnage removal with the other contractors working in the building.
The project was a highly custom design featuring custom: wood floors, millwork, glass, lighting, and drywall finishes. The office spaces wrap around a rotunda that required all custom pieces for the finishes. All doors in the project were unique sizes and fabricated specifically for the project requiring coordinated shop drawings with the adjacent glass and millwork wraps. Due to schedule constraints, millwork cabinets were fabricated off-site using hold-to dimensions were topped with lacquer panels both inside and outside the cabinets to have a uniform finish. The kitchen appliances were cladded in custom millwork panels to match the design language of the kitchen. The high-end design and aggressive schedule required careful planning and coordination with the design team and client in preconstruction to ensure the success of the project.