Presentation to SUNY PPAA 2012 Summer Conference by the State University Construction Fund July 19, 2012
Today’s Discussion: • SUNY’s Capital Program • Capital Project Costs • Campus Access to Project Health Sheets • Updates on OFPC and Safety Round Table • Highlights of Capital Projects in Construction
SUNY Capital Program Summary GSF does not include Roads/Parking or Athletic Fields PIT – Personal Income Tax
Size of SUNY Relative to NYS Building Assets(Excluding Infrastructure and Land)
Design and Construction Volume Across all Four Programs as of 3/31/12:253Projects in Design with budget of $2.4B631Projects in Construction with budget of $4.1B
Impact of the SUNY Capital Program on the Construction Industry • The extensive and geographically diverse network of facilities across NY provides a built-in framework for promoting NY’s economic development • Public work is the primary driver of the construction market • Supports the vertical segment of the construction industry • 94% of SUNY Capital Program contracts awarded are to New York State firms • 2011-12 SFY disbursements of $1,157M for all four programs combined projected to have created nearly 10,000 estimated direct and indirect jobs • Employs multiple construction trades
Recent Events Related to Capital: • SUNY is at the end of its current 5 year plan • SUNY faced with continuous facility renewal requirements • NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program • Phase I ($80M / $60M) & Phase II ($30M / $30M) • NY Works Accelerated Projects – 1st Quarter 2012/13 • No new bond funding for Residential and Hospital Facilities • Bond Cap Limitations • Creation of the NY Works Task Force • Input from Regional Economic Development Councils
NY Works Task Force: Creation & Mission • Created by the 2012-13 Enacted Budget • Comprised of 15 members appointed by the Governor, with six members appointed with consent/advice of Legislative leaders • Oversees and coordinates capital plans across all NYS agencies and authorities • Included creation of an Implementation Council comprised of various relevant agency and authority commissioners
NY Works Task Force: Goals • Develop a coordinated capital infrastructure plan among state agencies and authorities that is consistent with the regional economic development plans • Recommend prioritization of capital infrastructure projects and allocation of resources • Provide recommendations to facilitate expedited permit approvals, regulatory approvals and other such actions to advance priority projects • Recommend financing options (i.e., state supported debt and federal funding) • Advise state agencies and authorities on methods of procurement and contracting.
NY Works Task Force: Current Activities • Implementation Council’s first meeting held on June 20th • Task Force Survey data to be compiled on capital planning processes at each organization – what’s being done now, how the information is used to prioritize projects, and who makes the decisions • Survey to be summarized by July 16th • Task Force activities expected to support a 10 year rolling capital plan • Task Force looking for initiatives that ‘move the needle’
How the SUNY Capital Program succeeds:planning + predictable multi-year funding = results
SUNY’s Next Plan: Multi-Year Request for 2013/14 - 2018/19 • Educational Facilities – Developed using Facility Master Plans • Hospitals – Developed using business plans • Residential Facilities – Developed using business plans • Community Colleges – Developed using Facility Master Plans, limited by each sponsor’s ability to pay its 50% share To the extent possible, align with goals of the Regional Economic Development Councils
Centralized Themes of the TenRegional Economic Development Councils: • Leverage and Maximize Existing Resources • Use existing resources to either attain public-private partnerships or to entice outside businesses and workers to the region. • Infrastructure • Invest in and improve existing infrastructure, from roads/waterways to cellular and high speed internet. • Education • Utilize available educational resources (K-12 and public/private higher education) to meet the needs of the larger workforce and to bring in outside businesses. • Reduce Export/Increase Import of New York State Workforce • Take steps to create a more desirable destination for workers from outside New York State and keep New York workers here.
FY 2012 Bid Results since February • Total value of bids taken for this period is $416,122,000 • Bids are 7.9% below established budgets • Bids are 4.1% above median budgets • 42 bids have been taken • Average number of bidders per project statewide is 7.3, a decline based primarily Downstate
Regional Results Breakdown (2) • South (Downstate) Region: $216.2 million bids LvB -7.0%, MvB +9.9%, 11.6 bids each project (17.6 last year) • Central Region: $51 million bids LvB -7.2%, MvB -1%, 5.6 bids each project • West Region: $49 million bids LvB -13.1%, MvB -2.9%, 6 bids each project • East Region: $99.9 million bids LvB -7.5%, MvB -2.2%, 6 bids each project
Current Period Comparison to FY 2011 Comparison of Bid Ranges, ‘11 to Feb12 vs. Feb12 to Current: • ‘11 to Feb12 Statewide: LvB -6.2%, MvB + 2.5% = Range of 8.7% • Feb12 to Current Statewide: LvB -7.9%, MvB + 4.1% = Range of 12% • Why the Expansion of Bid Range? • Greater volatility in energy and commodity markets • Contractor bid strategies being experimented, refined • Sampling bias towards the more volatile Downstate construction market
What Did the Bid Results tell us? • The thinning of the construction market, and its contractors, is accelerating in New York State. • Some contractors are developing their competitive edge in an historic business model – more on this in a few slides… • Increases in labor costs, while small, are being passed on to owners. Material costs, however, are trending down, and the net differences are notable. • The Downstate “cutthroat competition” continues and has spread to specific trades elsewhere. Beware the desperate bidder – don’t spend your savings.
Where are we going? • Global manufacturing is declining in virtually every sector and location. • Employment growth is statistically static before consideration of a shrinking workforce. • Old Wall Street adage: “Capital goes where it is welcome, and stays where it is well treated.” Baltic Dry Index, 30 months
Where are we going? • Commodity prices are beginning to suggest global deflation. • The US Dollar has experienced strength compared to the Euro, driving commodity costs down. This may be temporary. • Global currency risks force a trend to hard assets. Where do you hide? Copper Aluminum
Where are we going? • Lower energy costs may not be sustainable in the medium and long term. • Supply and demand still rules. A reduction energy and materials demand has influenced prices. Natural Gas Ethanol Crude Oil (WTI)
Bids for Downstate’s NAB • New building with 8 stories, +/- 120,000 sf; Mix of labs, classrooms, offices, simulators, electrical infrastructure for the campus; $78.7 million budget • Low bid $68 million; median $79.5; high $96.6, with 13 total bidders • SUCF “would have been” the 7th ranked bidder • Low bid was $10.7 million below the SUCF budget. Why?
Was This a Good Bid? • Three low bidders utilized an “old-fashioned” strategy to assemble their bids – self-performance, or working as a true general contractor • This low bidder will be performing all concrete work with his own labor and equipment, and has captive subs for steel and mechanical trades • By eliminating the additional level of markup for these trades, the contractor allows a lower bid; but also accepts the potential for significant added risk • Put another way, the GC performs work for a lower cost than a specialty contractor would be willing or able to do • Not every bidder has the business skill or resources to work in this manner
And This Means… • From our POV, low price to do the job is always a good thing, but…. • Risk on the project is almost never completely isolated. • Recovery of bid savings is prudent only after a significant part of the project has shown financial success. • Don’t lose good efforts made to save money on a project. Saving is always a good idea!
CPMS • Our Capital Program Management System (CPMS) will administer the Fund’s multi-billion dollar capital improvement program. • CPMS applications will be utilized by Fund’s planning, design, construction, and financial professionals • CPMS will provide shared access to real-time information on scheduling, budget and cost management, and forecasting in a format tailored to the unique management needs of each business. • The targeted “go live” date for user operation is Fall 2012.
Campus Access to Project Health Sheets • Get Online: • Campuses can view their own campus Project Health Sheets via our website www.SUCF.SUNY.edu under the Project Activity tab. • Sign up: • Email SUCF Design Coordinator, RD, or AD to request access • Provide names and email addresses of those needing access • An e-mail is generated inviting user to join and assigns a temporary password • A login screen directs user to campus-specific Project Health Sheets • Access the Project Health Sheets Using: • Any computer using your account on the SUCF Website • iOS (iPhone or iPad) • Android • Blackberry • Windows Phone
NYS Fire Code, Chapter 14 Fire Safety During Construction and Demolition NFPA 241 Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations
Weekly Inspections Construction Managers & Site Representatives are: • On-site, inspecting work • Ensuring compliance with NYSFC Weekly Inspection required by NFPA 241 • Checklist meets required documentation • Serve as an educational tool for the Contractor
Safety Round Table Round table group included representatives from: • SUNY • Contractors • Construction Managers • Fund Group met 3 times to seek consensus on safety requirements: • General requirements • Site-specific safety plans • Pre-activity requirements Finalized, revised documents anticipated by Fall 2012.
Health Science Center at Brooklyn: New Academic Building • Downstate's academic programs and national accreditation have opened the way for the establishment of the School of Public Health and growth in its other programs. Existing campus facilities are presently fully occupied and new program space is needed to meet the campus’s growth. Additionally, surge space is needed to relocate existing campus facilities to be able to rehabilitate these existing spaces. This project will construct new space that will include but not be limited to simulation centers, laboratories, classrooms, administrative spaces, and other associated spaces.
Brockport: New Academic Building This strategic initiative has a total project value of $29M. At 60,000 gsf, the new building will house the Humanities and a 200-seat auditorium with a vertically-operated acoustic partition wall. The exterior uses familiar materials such as brick and large glass expanses, plus more contemporary features such as zinc panels and a sunscreen. The project will meet LEED Silver and will include many sustainable features and an extensive landscape with rain gardens and roof drainage routing through swales, storm water planters and a pond as a bio-retention area. The construction contract was awarded in June 2012.
Maritime: New Academic Building • This Project consists of the following: construction of a three-story New Academic Building; construction of foundation system and utility connections for the New Academic Building; associated site work and landscaping; relocation of the Campus Loop Road; site utilities; and new sheet pile sea wall to accommodate the construction of the New Academic Building. The building is skinned with a granite rain screen, which is part of the campus material vocabulary initially derived from the Fort. Construction award date was February 2011, with anticipated completion by August 2013.
Farmingdale: School of Business This project will construct a new academic building to house various departments of the School of Business. The building’s state-of-the-art design allows for the most up-to-date teaching pedagogy and methodologies needed for the success of the Farmingdale School of Business and SUNY as a whole. The building is designed in accordance with NYS Executive Order #111 and meets the minimum LEED Silver requirements for new buildings. The construction award is scheduled for September 2012.
Plattsburgh: School of Business The project will construct a new Building to accommodate the Schools of Business, Economics, and Computer Sciences' classroom and office spaces currently located in Redkay Hall. This project has been designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification. Building highlights include a roof garden accessible by all building users and a fully-flexible computer science lab teaching room. Estimated construction completion is late 2012.
Albany: School of Business This project will construct a new 95,000 GSF Business School. Work includes concrete foundations, steel superstructure, precast cladding, curtain wall, interior finishes, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, and related site infrastructure, landscaping and amenities. The building will be connected to the existing Campus Podium by a new tunnel. Construction contract was awarded in January 2011, with anticipated completion by August 2013.
Potsdam: Performing Arts Building This project will provide a new building to house the College’s Theater and Dance Department. The building boasts an unusual roof line and will include a proscenium theater, black box theater, large dance studio, all corresponding support spaces, additional performance studios, scene and costume shops, food service, classrooms and faculty offices. The construction contract was awarded in March 2011 with anticipated completion by December 2013.
Fredonia: Renovate Science Building The new 82,000 gsf Science Technology Building will accommodate classrooms, lecture halls, research and instructional laboratories for academic programs along with administrative, support, and gathering spaces. This three-story building has a connecting link to the adjacent Houghton Hall along with a new greenhouse. The building has been designed to incorporate features of sustainable architecture and will meet the requirements for LEED silver certification. The construction contract was awarded in June 2011, with anticipated completion by February 2014.
Buffalo College: Renovate Science Building The project's first phase of work involves a 100,000 square foot addition to house teaching laboratories for all disciplines and an atrium connecting the addition to the existing Building. This project involves demolition of a large classroom and temporary relocation of the Greenhouse and will provide new building infrastructure, energy efficient equipment, and state of the art teaching laboratories. This is a LEED Project. Construction contract was awarded in November 2009, with anticipated completion by October 2012.
Buffalo College: Technology Building The project will construct a new 80,000 gsf three-story technology center with new labs capable of both teaching and research, lean production, materials testing, environment and information technologies. The Technology Building will house the departments of technology and computer information systems. This project is designed to comply with LEED silver certification. The Construction contract was awarded in April 2011, with completion estimated to be June 2013.