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  Mary’s Children Day CareMary’s Children

Construction Manager

D. J. Maltese Corporation
886 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170


Steven Flum, Inc.
4147 Trumbull, #100, Detroit, MI 48208


General Description

Location: Clawson, Michigan
Date Bid: Dec 2008 Construction Period: Apr 2009 to Sep 2009
Total Square Feet: 4,270 Site:Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 1,800; first floor, 2,470;
total, 4,270 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 8’; first floor, 8’; floor to floor, 9'; total, 17’.
Basic Construction Type: Adaptive reuse.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

In December of 2008, the D.J. Maltese Corporation, a design-build and construction management firm was asked to look at an existing abandoned building next to a daycare center for the possibility of expanding the daycare center. They walked the building with the owner and discussed the proposed use for the building. With that information D.J. Maltese developed a conceptual plan, preliminary cost estimate and a design-build proposal for the project. Over the course of the next several months the board of directors of Mary's Children evaluated the project and by mid-January 2009 approved the project, signed the agreement and asked D.J. Maltese to proceed.

By the first week of February design development drawings were completed and working to complete the working drawings. Permits were applied for the first week of March and were delayed by a requirement for zoning appeal for expanded usage of a daycare center. In April the Zoning Board approved the project and building permits were issued.

The proposed plan included a small addition to the existing first floor to square of the building and tie it into the existing building, a new pitched roof system, a finished basement with a kitchen and dining area and a large storage area. The first floor included an activity area, two large bathrooms, an office, storage area and kitchenette, a covered ramp from grade to the first floor, a covered deck area from the first floor and a covered ramp from the existing basement to grade.

Construction started in April and was scheduled for completion in late June. However the existing exterior siding was discovered to have asbestos fibers and testing was required followed by remediation of the asbestos materials. This delay took about two weeks. In addition, during rough inspections the City of Clawson stopped the project - the City changed direction and determined a fire suppression system had to be installed. D. J. Maltese engineered a system, installed a new 4-inch water line to the building and installed the new system. This added several months to the project. Through the process there were also other owner directed changes and Board approval delays. The project was completed the first week of September 2009. The owner was very pleased with the outcome and with the D.J. Maltese Corporation.

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