By Natty Jamison and Kelly Lyon

April 14, 2021

For any organization, a capital project reflects a belief in the future of that organization, and the desire to address its ever-changing needs. Investments of this scale always bring challenges, including clearly identifying the need, allocating resources, and assembling a project team - all before an architect draws a line or a single shovel of dirt is turned over.

Before pursuing a capital project it is important to consider all the components involved. Why is this project necessary? What are the goals of this project? Is funding in place for this project? What is the scope and cost of this project? How long will it take to complete?

Sometimes the project need is clear, other times it is more elusive with multiple approaches possible or diverse interests to manage and fulfill. The first step for the Owner, often in collaboration with consultants, is to establish the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR). After that, it is essential to establish the budget, and then reconcile the OPRs with the budget. This is the beginning of the first stage of a capital project, often broadly referred to as pre-construction.

Once the OPRs are clearly established, the Owner is ready to proceed with building out the project team to take the next steps in bringing the project to fruition.

Follow along with our blog series, “Stages of a Capital Project” starting with the first phase, pre-construction on our website at In this series we will break capital projects up into the three primary phases: pre-construction, construction, and project close out. Pre-construction is an extremely vital phase to ensure that all of the proper planning is in place before construction begins.

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Tom Peterson

April 6, 2021

Over the years that we have been in business, we’ve heard variations of this question dozens of times. Fundamentally it’s really a very good question and one that we are happy to answer. Sometimes the best answer is another question. Here are a series of questions that project owners might want to ask themselves when starting to put together their project team:

Do you have the knowledge and experience required to manage all of the details of a construction project?

Do you have a project team? If so, is there one person on your team whose sole purpose is to watch out for the Owner’s interests?

Do you have the time and/or expertise to manage all of the details of a construction project?

Do you know how to determine the best project delivery method for your project?

Do you have the data and experience to produce detailed and accurate budget estimates?

Do you know how to determine, without a doubt, if a contractor is qualified to build your project?

During construction do you know what to look for and what questions to ask to ensure good quality and contract compliance?

Do you have the experience and time to make sure the contractors have met all their obligations and the project is closed-out properly?

If you’re a homeowner contemplating a project do you have the expertise and time to manage your project and still leave time for family and work obligations?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you may need an Owner’s representative / Owner’s Project Manager.

Meredith Hansen

May 19, 2015

May 18th, marked a huge milestone for the Chittenden County Transportation Authority. Many people gathered on the new Downtown Transit Center site to listen to Senator Patrick Leahy, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, and federal and local officials speak about CCTA being an important part of the growth and prosperity of Chittenden County. Public transportation allows people to become mobile when they cannot afford cars of their own.

The new Transit Center will be on St. Paul Street between Cherry Street and Pearl Street. Vanasse Hangen, Brustlin, Inc. provided lead engineering services. Truex Cullins is the lead architect. Peterson Consulting will be the Owner’s Representative and the Clerk of the Works. PC Construction was awarded the job in early May and construction will begin after Memorial Day.

This new estimated $7.7 million facility will replace the current transit stop on Cherry Street. It will offer a heated & air conditioned waiting space, restrooms, and a break room for CCTA drivers. With an anticipated completion of August 2016, this transit center will serve more than 1 million riders annually. This project could not have happened without the push from local, state, and federal officials such as Senator Leahy and Mayor Weinberger and many others. Congratulations to CCTA on this accomplishment!

For video of the groundbreaking ceremony and more information visit the Burlington Free Press Article.

For more information about the Downtown Transit Center visit CCTA’s website.

#CCTA #DowntownTransitCenter





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