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|Preview||AECOM was appointed to provide project-management services relating to the development of the Sol Plaatje University||139.48 KB||Download|
|Preview||AECOM’s first task order, from 1 July 2014 to 31 March 2016, was completed on time for the start of the 2016 academic year||161.15 KB||Download|
|Preview||The team earned high praise from the client, with AECOM receiving an extension of its contract up to May 2018.||157.74 KB||Download|
In May 2014, the University of Witwatersrand appointed AECOM to provide project-management services relating to the development of the Sol Plaatje University precinct in Kimberley. Over the past two and a half years, the team has been under the leadership of Don De Koker, Bradley Marais and Toni Capuzzimati.
To date, 15 people from the Construction Services business line have participated in the completed projects, as well as projects currently underway.
AECOM’s first task order, from 1 July 2014 to 31 March 2016, was completed on time for the start of the 2016 academic year, and within the cumulative budget of about R750 million for the first three building projects and associated infrastructure. The value of the total programme, comprising all projects completed to date, as well as projects currently underway, is approximately R1.5 billion.
The team earned high praise from the client, with AECOM receiving an extension of its contract up to May 2018. “This is testimony to the client’s satisfaction and faith in the AECOM team,” De Koker comments.
“AECOM team’s commitment, effort and drive contributed to the overall success of this project as it enabled design challenges to be overcome; getting consultants to commit; being able to assist with the contractors’ commitments to deliver; managing socio-economic commitments in a difficult environment; and overall professional conduct. This is while always placing the interests of the programme first, particularly with a challenging NEC target-cost framework contract,” De Koker elaborates.
The team also received a ‘Very Good’ Safety rating on the project, with no serious injuries reported to date. As principal agent, AECOM utilised its LifeGuard reporting system, which allows anyone on-site to log an occurrence or incident on-line, with an accompanying photograph and any background information. The relevant contractor is then notified and the incident is only removed from the LifeGuard reporting system once it has been resolved.
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