Statement by Anthony Mugavero, Architect, AIA; Project Manager, Capital Construction Development, University of Southern California
As the University of Southern California Project Manager for the Gamble House Conservation Project, my role was that of project team leader and primary link between the client (end user) and the architectural, consultant and construction teams. With client input and guidance, definition of project quality and scope from scientists, architects, preservationists and historians, I was able to conceptualize and articulate the project vision and needs to the project team. This full service management approach, from conception through construction, resulted in the successful completion of the Gamble House Historic Conservation Project.
The Gamble House was a unique project that represented new challenges — both architecturally as well as constructability. As the project manager, I ensured the client that every challenge could be met; and led the team in meeting every challenge. To achieve this goal, I managed the team in a results-oriented style — I became knowledgeable about historic systems and renovation methods so I could encourage them to “think outside of the box” when confronted with seemingly unachievable obstacles. This proactive approach resulted in the development of new renovation techniques and procedures being studied for future renovation projects.
An important part of the management of the project was the assembly of the construction team and project budget. I developed the project cost budget, and through a detailed and competitive selection process Voss Industries, Inc. was chosen as general contractor. I contracted with, and managed the activities of all team members.
The net result of this hands-on management approach to the Gamble House Conservation Project was:
- Project was completed on time;
- Project was completed on budget;
- Project has received numerous awards by the Architectural, Historic and Construction communities;
- The preservation of a historic landmark.