February 5, 2013
Gustavus Adolphus College has had a productive relationship with Gosewisch Construction for twenty years. It has included quite a range of projects – from simple crane service to a new football stadium. Working with a small liberal arts college will always be challenging. Budgets are generally tight. Schedules are usually tighter. And, remodeling work is always an adventure. Gosewisch has always risen to the challenge for us.
Often these challenges demand working with the owner and architect to find creative ways to overcome a budget or schedule obstacle. Our Sohre and Pittman Residence Halls project had just three summer months to replace windows, renovate bathrooms and install larger, accessible elevators. With almost 400 new students needing rooms by Labor Day, there is no possibility for a schedule extension. For this project, a week of concentrated demolition effort at spring break provided valuable schedule insurance for our limited summer construction period. Of course, with two months of spring semester occupancy remaining, this selective demolition needed to be done in a way that minimized disruption and ensured the resident’s safety.
Even in the summer, our campus is a very active place. This requires a higher level of attention to issues of public safety, construction noise, dust and job-site appearance. The project managers and site superintendents, as well as the construction workers, from Gosewisch and their subcontractors have always shown the greatest respect for our students, staff and visitors, as well as for our facilities.
I look forward to working with Gosewisch again in the near future.
Warren P. Wunderlich
Physical Plant Director
Gustavus Adolphus College