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The Met at Fashion Center Project – dck worldwide

Urban living and resort-style amenities in Chandler, Arizona

Nestled in the Salt River Valley’s up-and-coming technology district, The Met at Fashion Center is a 300-unit, urban-style development in Chandler, Arizona.

Located just steps from the Chandler Fashion Center — the second largest shopping mall in the Phoenix metro area —The Met at Fashion Center is a Class A residential complex that combines the convenience of urban life with a slate of top-tier amenities, including saunas, a fitness center, meeting space, dog park, yoga studio, wine bar and a resort-style pool complete with cabana, volleyball courts and barbecue pits.

“It’s right next to the mall and right next to the 101 and 102 freeways,” says Bill Reynolds, senior project manager with dck worldwide, the firm managing the The Met at Fashion Center project. “One of my project engineers liked it so much that he moved in.”

The development broke ground in August 2014 and was slated for completion by mid-February 2016. The three-building, four-story complex features eight distinct unit designs ranging in size from 668 square feet to 1,140 square feet. Amenities include: stainless steel appliances, fully equipped gourmet kitchens, quartz countertops, nine-foot ceilings and full-size washers and dryers. Layout options range from the one-bedroom, one-bath Caruso, Legacy and Pinnacle layouts to the two-bedroom, two-bath Terrace, Cosmopolitan and Chatelaine designs.

“Some are just small variances and some are completely different units,” says Reynolds. Spread across 7 acres, the development neighbors another 5-acre parcel of land designated for a future residential and commercial development effort.

Worldwide success

The Met at Fashion Center development is being managed by dck worldwide, a Pittsburgh-based construction management company with an international presence spanning the globe from the Valley of the Sun to Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines. “This is an existing client of mine, so there is a lot of trust between us,” shares Reynolds.

Designed as a negotiated project, dck and the developers used a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) contracting model to complete the project, using pricing assistance techniques to ensure that the project was completed within the $27-million budget. “A GMP contract isn’t rocket science, but it does require a lot of work and coordination,” Reynolds says.

As a construction management company, dck does not self-perform any aspect of the projects it develops, but rather relies on a trusted network of proven subcontractors to bring the highest level of expertise and professionalism to each job.

“I’ve been in the Valley for over 20 years. For me, it’s about knowing the people and the subs you work with are capable of doing what needs to be done,” Reynolds says.

The GMP nature of The Met at Fashion Center project meant that Reynolds had to be especially careful when it came to selecting subcontractors. “On a negotiated job like this, there was a strict list of people who we knew could handle this at the price the owners were looking for, so we stuck with a proven list and didn’t put it out on the street,” he says.

Everyday luxury

At a glance, The Met at Fashion Center might bear more of a resemblance to a luxury resort than a residential development. The 365,000-square-foot complex includes a massive pool, palm trees, barbecue pits and a recreation area in the courtyard between buildings one and two.

While this unique design feature ensures privacy for residents lounging by the pool, it presented some unique challenges during the construction phase as crews tried to simultaneously install pools, palm trees, scaffolding, canopies and steel structures. “The logistics were an absolute nightmare; the problem is that you can’t put everyone in there at the same time, so all the work has got to be sequenced in a very orderly, thought-out manner,” Reynolds says.

One particularly memorable aspect of The Met at Fashion Center was the trellis crowning each building in the complex. A design-build effort on the part of dck, the trellis work was originally envisioned in steel but the company reimagined the project using wood and passed on the savings.

“It was a long process of meeting with subcontractors and engineers to come up with a plan and actually execute it, but the day those were set on top of the buildings was really huge in my mind. It was pretty fulfilling to see those go up there at half the cost of what steel would,” Reynolds says.

Formed in 2008 through the acquisition of a leading Pittsburgh based construction management company, dck worldwide brings over 90 years of industry expertise to the market, completing design-assist, design-build, preconstruction services, construction management and capital solutions services for clients across the globe.

When Reynolds first arrived in the Southwest in 1994, the area’s multiresidential market was booming following a steep recession, much like today. “That faded away and then commercial development came in. Now here we are 20-plus years later after a recession and the same cycle is starting again,” he says.

Modern amenities, a convenient location and resort-style design will help The Met at Fashion Center, developed by dck worldwide, to become one of the Valley of the Sun’s leading multiresidential housing developments.

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