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This new four-story office building was speed-built just six months

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When the owners of the New England Patriots football team decided to add a new office to an unused piece of land next to their stadium, the project was shackled with one big constraint. Because the site is just feet away from a ramp that fans use to enter Gillette Stadium on game days, construction would have to happen when fans weren’t around so they weren’t walking steps away from an active construction site. The ideal solution was to do all the construction when no fans would be anywhere near the stadium at all. The team’s owners, the Kraft Group, decided to build it in the off-season.

It’s a fans-first approach, and one that sounds great on paper. But when it comes to actually building the building—a 120,000 square-foot four-story office building—the six month off-season is simply not enough time. “A traditional building of this size could take a minimum of 24 to 30 months depending on its location,” says Michael Schroeder, a partner at the architecture firm SGA, which designed the building.

Instead of throwing in the towel, SGA and the Kraft Group compressed the timeline to fit the off-season window. It required a combination of overlapping the design and construction processes, pulling in contractors and engineers much earlier than normal, ordering materials before the design was even finalized, and some good, old-fashioned team building.

[Image: courtesy SGA]“The schedule is really insane,” says Schroeder, who leads SGA’s virtual design and construction practice, which is focused on using digital tools to improve the process behind complicated projects. In a most constructions project,........

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