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FEDERAL//STATE OF THE SECTOR go back [to CFA] the next month with solutions so we could move forward.” Quick turnaround was important because the commission meets the third Thursday of each month and submissions are due the first Thursday of each month—giving the team just two weeks to attempt to resolve an issue and move on. During the build-out, keeping the subcontractors involved and informed was important to moving construction along in tandem with the approvals process. “We worked closely with our subcontractors to let them know we can do this [aspect of the job] but we can’t work on that before we get approval,” A nders says. A n additional advantage she cites: “We could vet the design with construction before moving forward.” Anders contrasts the teamwork and collaboration achieved on this project with a traditional design-bid-build delivery. “In a [design-bid-build] scenario the contractor would stop working on [the] element [that required approval] and wait until the designer figured it out,” she says. “And when the designer got it back to the contractor, the contractor would say, ‘Well, this isn’t going to work,’ and then there would be all this back and forth, with the owner in between, trying to get what he wants and satisfy the stakeholders too.” Like others, Anders highlights the important role the Foundation played not just in raising $120 million to fund the project but also as a facilitator of the design-build process. “The owner was key to managing the stakeholders,” she says. “I think it is a great example of how approvals can be done and how important the owner is to that process.” The owner and the design-build team consistently appeared together and worked together to explain design and construction solutions to the commission. “The success of a design-build depends on the success of the design-build marriage,” Jackson reflects. “Design-build would not work with animosity or silos. It works if everyone identifies with the goals and objectives and everyone keeps an open mind. As an owner I was able to play an active role [in that process].” While the team managed design and construction, Jackson managed the stakeholder process. “If we were going before the commission I tried to use as much leverage as I could,” he says. And he never hesitated to call on his team for back up. For example, when the inscription walls were before the commission, Jackson brought stone carver Nick Benson in. “He could easily make our case before the commission. If we had waited to acquire subs and contractors later in the process that expertise would not have been there.” “The whole notion of the ‘master builder’ is not that of an individual but a team—the designbuild team,” Jackson elaborates. “The owner is able to extract the expertise and knowledge base that each [team member] has acquired over years in the industry. Tapping those sources of knowledge is an asset to the owner, one that the owner should seek in every scenario.” The expertise of the entire design-build team was on full display on the spring day I made a visit to the Memorial. Although construction was still in progress, the quality of the design and the workmanship was evident everywhere, from the carving of King’s inspiring words on the inscription walls to the consistent joinery on the paving stones. As I pass through the “Mountain of Despair,” a pair of massive stones that part to reveal the “Stone of Hope” from which King’s image emerges, there is an unobstructed view of the Jefferson Memorial. Thanks to the labors of the Foundation, the design-build team and the review agencies, on the Tidal Basin King and Jefferson face each other as equals. The memorial to the man who made a then-outrageous claim that human equality was a fact is matched in quality and significance by a memorial to the man who pushed America forward, closer to making that ideal—that dream—a reality. It makes me proud of my country despite, or maybe because of its complicated past. And, isn’t this what memorials are supposed to do? 16 summer//2011 the quarterly publication of the design-build institute of america

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