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Middle Georgia State University

Administrators at the Macon Campus of Middle Georgia State University (MGA) recognized an increasing need for on-campus housing since it opened as a small commuter college in 1968. MGA acquired a private apartment complex adjacent to campus in 2010, but it couldn’t meet the demand, often leaving nearly 100 students on a waitlist every year.

HPM was engaged as program managers to oversee and manage the planning and construction of Lakeview Pointe, a 73,480 square-foot residence hall that roughly doubled the number of students who can live on campus when it was completed in 2020.

The new residence hall has a traditional design that will serve freshmen and sophomores at the university. Each unit will have two bedrooms with a shared bath, along with eight single-occupancy units for resident assistants. In addition, Lakeview Pointe will include lounge areas and multi-purpose rooms for social and educational programming for students. The Macon Campus Recreation and Wellness Center is a few hundred yards away, with the dining hall in the Student Life Center just over the Macon Campus Lake bridge.

Overcoming Delays Despite a Pandemic
The Lakeview Pointe project was briefly interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and weather delays, but the contractor was able to overcome the delays and finish the project on time. Maintaining the Substantial Completion date was challenging due to COVID-19; however, the contractor was able to get subcontractors to mobilize multiple crews after demobilizing from the project for three weeks. HPM maintained and updated the overall project budget, which included both owner and construction costs.

Photos by Piedmont Construction

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

In 2018, HPM partnered with Atlanta-based consulting firm Hendessi & Associates to deliver services to universities in Georgia alongside The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Having worked for and with the Georgia Board of Regents in the past, Gardner had established long-term relationships, professional history and a thorough understanding of the way the Board works. HPM brought to the partnership extensive experience in higher education, particularly large-scale undertakings (like the University of Alabama and the ACCS, among others).

HPM and Hendessi worked together on nearly a dozen projects at Georgia Southern University, Dalton State College, Middle Georgia State University, Fort Valley State University, and Albany State University. We also worked directly with the Board, assessing, improving and implementing its policies and procedures for on-campus development.

Kentucky Wesleyan College

From the outside, the Yu Hak Hahn Center for the Sciences blends nicely with the traditional brick architecture on Kentucky Wesleyan’s campus. From the inside, however, the facility is clearly exceptional, comprising 28,000 square feet of space dedicated to scientific education and discovery.

When Kentucky Wesleyan received a financial gift directed for the construction of the center, the college needed a program manager to efficiently utilize the available funds. HPM assisted with budgeting and cost engineering for the labs and high-end scientific equipment to make the most of the financial gift. The HPM team scheduled the highly complicated build around a harsh Kentucky winter and even acted as general contractor, bidding out subcontractors and overseeing construction. The resulting building doesn’t have a big footprint, but it has left a major mark on Kentucky Wesleyan and on scientific progress.

An essential part of any chemistry lab, the fume hood is responsible for protecting scientists from the volatile, toxic or even biohazardous airborne byproducts of their research. The system requires constant positive air pressure, with air brought in from the outside, conditioned for the scientists’ comfort and then filtered and exhausted from the building. To avoid the incredible heating bills that come with such a system, HPM installed a heat recovery unit, recovering heat from the outgoing filtered air and applying it to the incoming air from the outside. The equipment to perform this task is approximately the size of a small car. HPM determined that the only place it would fit in the relatively small building was in a crawl space at the top — and had to be in place before the roof was built. So on top of the value engineering and sheer complexity of such a high-tech build, HPM managed the construction schedule to make room for a car-sized installation before roofing began.

Anyone who imagines Kentucky as a land of year-round sun and rolling green hills has never visited northern Kentucky in the winter. The Bluegrass State becomes a land of snow and frozen ground during the winter, making construction scheduling a delicate affair. HPM laid out a tight sequence, beginning in early May, to get and keep construction on track. Steel was pre-ordered. Foundations were begun as soon as the ground was thawed enough to dig, so the entire building would be enclosed — and builders shielded from the elements — before cold weather hit in November. Interior work had to be completed by the time the weather broke in the spring, so workers could go outside to pour sidewalks and put in landscaping. By holding construction precisely to the detailed schedule with minimal deviation, HPM completed the project on time and on budget, giving Kentucky Wesleyan’s scientists and students a new, high-end facility before the end of spring.


  • 2-story science education building
  • Wet lab with fume hoods
  • Water, gas and vacuum lines
  • Greenhouse
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Excellence in Construction Award

Wallace State Community College

HPM’s work with Wallace State Community College began in 2007, overseeing the site work package for the Burrow Fine Arts Center. That soon expanded into construction management services for the project, and on to management of a complete re-skinning of the Bevill Health Building and further work all over campus.

Throughout, HPM acted as a tireless advocate on behalf of Wallace State, managing both cost control and quality control in the midst of a major recession — and, at one point, in the wake of a regionally destructive tornado. HPM’s team coordinated action with multiple prime contractors as well as inspectors, insurance adjusters and even FEMA officials to keep projects on schedule and on budget.


  • Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts
  • Tom Bevill Allied Health Building
  • James C. Bailey Center


Of all of the parties HPM deals with during the course of a project, Mother Nature is by far the most unpredictable — and the most destructive. In April of 2011, when tornadoes ripped through north and central Alabama, Wallace State was struck with devastating straight-line winds and buffeting rain. At the time, the Bailey Center project was underway and the building was open and exposed to the elements. Ninety percent of buildings on campus were damaged, losing doors, windows and roofs and suffering water intrusion. As the Bailey Center team worked with insurance inspectors to get the project up and running again as quickly as possible, HPM immediately deployed a second team to campus, working with FEMA, inspectors and college officials to address the storm damage. With HPM’s quick action and expert guidance, teams were able to shore up buildings, repair roofs, dry out building interiors and test infrastructure, so that by the time power was restored to campus, Wallace State was once again a safe place for students and faculty, and the damaged buildings could soon be returned to their former glory.


  • 52,000 total square-feet museum
  • 5,000-square-foot art gallery
  • Administrative and teaching spaces
  • Recital halls
  • 250-square-foot auditorium
  • Practice facilities
  • American School and University Educational Interiors showcase for outstanding design
  • ABC Excellence in Construction Award


Jefferson State Community College

HPM has worked with Jefferson State Community College on projects totaling more than 230,000 square feet, but the real footprint is more significant — four separate campuses, ranging hundreds of miles across north central Alabama.

HPM started with program and construction management services for a multi-purpose facility on the Shelby-Hoover campus in 2000. The JSCC St. Clair Center in Pell City houses not only tiered classrooms, labs and faculty offices but also offices for the St. Clair County Economic Development Council. For the Health and Sciences Building on the Shelby-Hoover campus, HPM advised the owner and served as an extension of staff throughout the build. And the building in Clanton is called the Academic Building but is that and more — classroom, labs, faculty offices and a separate 54,000-square-foot, multi-purpose civic center for the City of Clanton, all constructed at the same time under HPM’s guidance.


  • Multi-purpose facility (Hoover, AL)
  • St. Clair Center (Pell City, AL)
  • Health and Sciences Building (Hoover, AL)
  • Academic Building (Clanton, AL)


With projects worked on all four Jefferson State campuses, adding an additional client — the City of Clanton — wasn’t difficult for HPM. JSCC’s Academic Building in Clanton housed computer labs, science and biology labs, a library and offices for faculty. Yards away, a complete civic center for the City of Clanton was constructed at the same time, with a 1,800-seat auditorium, classrooms, meeting space and offices for the Clanton Industrial Board, as well as industrial commercial kitchen space shared by the college and the city. By managing budgets and construction schedules, HPM was able to build two facilities for separate owners simultaneously, with time- and cost-efficiency.

Auburn University at Montgomery

Named after the P-40 Warhawk (in honor of AUM’s Warhawk mascot), Auburn University at Montgomery’s fourth residence hall was built in response to a growing demand for housing in the middle of the university’s downtown Montgomery campus.

The building is styled after an airplane hangar made of brick, glass, and metal, with exposed beams and wide-open hallways. It offers fully furnished “two-passenger” and “four-passenger” suites, as well as community areas, study rooms, and lounge and dining spaces — and as residence halls so frequently are, it was built on a tight timeline. HPM was able to push an aggressive schedule, compressing the design phase, getting the project bid on time and managing construction and utility work in the middle of campus as students went about their academic activities, to deliver a roomy and attractive residence hall to AUM.

While Auburn had relied on HPM for a number of on-campus projects, P-40 Place was our first project with AUM — and administrators who had no relationship with HPM, little construction experience and an unfavorable experience with construction managers in the past. While HPM was laying the foundation for a residence hall, we also had to lay the foundation for a working relationship. It started by installing a project manager on campus, alongside AUM’s chief services officer, supporting him through the process and keeping him informed every step of the way so he could trust the work that HPM was doing on his behalf. When the time came in the construction process for the project manager to give way to a field coordinator, the three worked together for a smooth transition, so the relationship held. By the time the new residence hall was open for business, AUM also had a new friend and ally in the program management business for future building projects on campus.

Auburn University

HPM’s relationship with Auburn University spans more than 15 years, ranging from capital improvements and infrastructure updates to residence halls and fully equipped facilities for education and research.

Naturally, academic facilities are a main focus for the university. The Shelby Center for Engineering Technology was designed to be an iconic fixture for the university and a center for leading-edge engineering education. The growing Health Sciences Sector offers educational opportunities for the ever-increasing number of students looking to Auburn in pursuit of a career in healthcare.

For comfortable student living, the eight-building Village residence hall community is home to more than 1,500 students. And the nearby Village Dining Hall has five separate serving areas, a coffee bar, a convenience store and seating for a total of 600 diners — plus all the commercial-grade kitchen equipment necessary to serve a crowd. All aspects of college life — the academic and the personal — are addressed and continuously improved to offer a positive student experience.


HPM is experienced at managing construction projects with minimal impact on the owner — few companies can afford to shut down operations to accommodate construction or renovation. Working on a university campus teeming with more than 27,000 students, however, presents its own new level of difficulty. An active campus means careful scheduling of construction, to the month (making use of holidays and summer break), the week (knowing when special events will make campus particularly active) and even the hour (knowing when students are likely to be in the academic areas or the residence halls). It means wayfinding signage and barricades to keep students with their head in their lecture notes from wandering into a construction zone. And it means after-hours site security to keep out curious wanderers. From the earliest stages of the planning process, HPM made student safety — and parental peace of mind — a priority and a metric for project success.

University of North Texas – Dallas Building

Dallas Municipal Building and Associated Law Buildings Renovation: Historic Dallas Municipal Building was renovated to accommodate five hundred (500) law students for day and evening classes.

When complete, the renovations provided state-of-the-art flexible classrooms, seminar rooms, instructional lab spaces, an expanded law library, an on-site clinic resource center, faculty and administrative offices, and other support areas for students, faculty and staff. The on-site clinic space will include interview and counsel workspaces, faculty offices, and necessary support spaces to maximize the student simulation experience. HPM was tapped to provide pre-audit, interim and final services for the life of the project.

Tuscaloosa Adult Psychiatric Facility

The new Adult Psychiatric Hospital replaced Bryce Hospital and serves as the recently restructured statewide programs of the Alabama Department of Mental Health.

The new 263,000 square foot, 268-bed state-of-the-art inpatient facility is built on a portion of the existing Partlow Developmental Center Campus. It includes a new campus entrance road which will enter from Helen Keller Boulevard. In addition to the clinical space of approximately 218,000 square feet, an existing 20,000 square foot administration building houses administrative support functions for the new facility. A new structure housing support services, a new data center, and administrative offices were constructed in an annex of approximately 25,000 square feet connecting the hospital and the renovated administrative building.

The new facility provides for three programs, the Hope program for newly admitted patients, the Long Term program for those requiring extended stays before returning to their home communities, and a Forensics program for those sentenced by the courts but has advanced beyond their initial condition. HPM provided program management services for the project which was built under an agreement with the University of Alabama.

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Florida is a cancer treatment and research facility that sees hundreds of thousands of patients each year.

It takes a full facilities staff to keep such an institution running, and that’s without the regular updates and renovations necessary to keep it running at peak technological and infrastructural performance. For that, HPM supplements Moffitt’s own staff, working as part of its team to provide project management support. HPM has facilitated projects from pharmacy renovations to X-ray equipment upgrades and installation, bringing our program management expertise to the owner’s hospital management expertise and doing our small part to support the center’s groundbreaking work.

A functioning hospital is a living, breathing space, and it’s not something that can simply be shut down for repairs or renovations. Speed to market is critical — the longer a project takes to be designed, procured and constructed, the longer the hospital is without its pharmacy or X-ray suite or patient wing. As HPM enters its third year working with Moffitt Cancer Center, working quickly, efficiently and safely is a way of life — even more than on most job sites. ICRA (infection control risk assessment) guidelines prevent any construction-related contamination that could endanger patient health, and AHCA standards add another layer of accountability to ensure the highest quality for patients, families, physicians, and administrators. Every project, whether it’s a procedure room or an elevator bank, is treated as if it’s crucial for patient care and hospital business — because they all are.


  • Construction and renovation projects
  • GME suite renovation
  • Pharmacy renovation
  • Cafeteria dining and servery renovation
  • Cafeteria dish room and AYR (At Your Request room service) kitchen
  • North Tower roof replacement
  • Elevation modernization
  • Equipment upgrades

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