Fountains at Farah

El Paso, Texas


For a development of this magnitude, a project team must be collaborative, innovative and creative when establishing a plan for execution. When our team began working on the project, the design was already well over budget. Frustrated with the process and with nowhere left to turn, the client entrusted EMJ to manage all project participants and implement its C2C® Ask, Listen, Think and Do approach to complete the project.

Read more about our work on this 600,000 square-foot retail development.

Case Study

Ask: Discover

When the EMJ team was awarded this 600,000 square-foot shopping center project in the early design phase, we immediately began reviewing plans, asking questions, and discovering the client’s goals for the finished product. We learned that the first draft of plans for this open-air concept exceeded the budget and included a complex parking garage that would require three different types of concrete structures and several specialized subcontractors.

Listen: Understand

The client required that the Fountains’ parking garage support retail shops on the top floor, so we analyzed the need for penetrations in the concrete slab. Of the three concrete structures, the cable within the post-tension concrete could not withstand these penetrations, but the pan-form and post-and-beam concrete in the original design could. However, using those types of concrete would place the project well over the client’s budget.

Think: Develop

We evaluated the varying costs of the three types of concrete. Post-tension cost the least, so we developed a new design that would arrange the cables in bundles, leaving free space to core the slab, put utilities through, and support the buildings above the garage. This method offered the client the flexibility of a traditional post-and-beam construction and provided the cost savings of a post-tension slab.

Do: Execute

We worked collaboratively with the project team to bring our cost-saving design to reality. By coordinating with the entire team from concept-to-completion, we guided the client through the design and plan review process, permitting process, coordinating with the city and franchise utilities, and implementing the redesign into the construction.

The End Result

By implementing our C2C process we created value and saved the client more than $4 million with the redesigned parking garage, changes in landscaping, and other plan modifications.

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