The Portico Group
Cost Estimating and Project Scheduling
The ChallengeBluewater was invited to help The Portico Group, a leading Seattle design firm, to prepare a cost estimate and overall project schedule that would incorporate the needs and requirements of the National Park Service and the public at Mount Rainier's Camp Muir during the renovation project. The facility is used as a base camp for expeditions on the mountain from May through September by Rainier Mountaineering Inc. (RMI), a climbing franchise within the park, and private climbers and hikers. Essential services required by these groups must be maintained continuously during the renovation of the Camp Muir site.
The ProcessWorking with The Portico Group, RMI and the National Park Service, Bluewater developed multiple cost estimates and project schedules to provide the stakeholders with information that would help them to make informed decisions and select the most effective solution. These decisions required considering not only the cost impacts but also impacts to the users and the Park.
The ResultsOn the basis of the cost and schedule analysis, the National Park Service was able to prioritize work within the renovation project and divide it into a multi-year program with minimum cost impact, yet still meet the needs of the public.
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