August Wilson Center for African American Culture Construction Management

Project Overview

Not just a cultural icon, the August Wilson Center captures the direct contribution and legacy of African Americans in this region.

E. Holdings, Inc. provided essential construction management services leading up to and during the development and construction of the August Wilson Center. Our team participated in all phases of construction from design to value engineering, through bidding assistance, to construction and at substantial and final inspections. Our administration oversaw scheduling and organized meetings. Through E. Holdings’ expertise in construction management, public outreach, diverse workforce retention methodology, and communications, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture was able to fulfill its vision of promoting inclusion and successfully completing the construction of a state-of-the-art and historic facility.

Core Services Performed:

  • Program Controls
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
  • Document Control
  • Bid/Bond Assistance

Client: Turner Construction

Timeline:  2006 – 2008

Bidding Assistance & Meeting MWDBE Requirements

August Wilson Center had a commitment to exceed the 17% minimum MBE requirement of the City of Pittsburgh in the construction of the center. As Diversity Coordinator, E. Holdings, Inc. presented the project at outreach sessions to promote the program and encourage MBEs to actively participate and bid on the historic project. E. Holdings, Inc. evaluated various contractors’ bid proposal through value engineering to ensure diversity thresholds were met prior to being invited to bid on the work. Our team provided ongoing monitoring and reporting of contract MBE/WBE spending through the project to ensure commitments were honored. Due to E. Holdings, Inc.’s diversity coordination, MWBE participation in the construction of the August Wilson achieved 35% Minority participation and 20% Women participation.

Cash Flows and Budget Management 

E. Holdings, Inc. developed cost forecasting processes that were applied to project budgets each month to provide up-to-date variances to project budgets. By integrating budgets and cost forecasting with the Master Schedule, accurate cash flow projections were provided.

Our Team also updated program cost status information constantly using project controls platforms to provide dashboard and executive reports for clear communication with the management team and stakeholders.