Construction Management Records, ca. 1953-1986.
- Harvard University (Organization)
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Extent167.5 cubic feet (167 record cartons and 1 document box)
History of Construction Management at Harvard University
Harvard University was one of the first large organizations to establish its own internal construction management group. The construction management concept sought to centralize all the administrative responsibilities involved in the building process in the hands of one manager or one office, enabling the owner of the project to keep control over the increasing complexity and high costs of construction.
Harvard's construction managers took on the role that in the past had been filled by general contractors. They oversaw each segment of construction, which was contracted separately. This enabled Harvard to move away from a sequential to an overlapping phased building program, saving enormous amounts of time on building projects and providing greater flexibility to construction managers throughout the building process. A chronology has been provided to help researchers identify significant dates and events in the history of project planning and construction at Harvard.States de-regulates energy industry; Harvard sells MATEP.
Chronology of Project Planning and Construction Management at Harvard University
- The Harvard University Corporation appoints building committees as needed. They employ an architect and arrange for design, planning, and construction.
- Dept. of Buildings and Grounds manages projects. The Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds reports to the Administrative Vice President.
- The Harvard University Planning Office is created and reports to the Administrative Vice President. Its mission is to establish and maintain the physical planning programs of the University in order to create a more sympathetic environment serving the instruction, research, and service programs of the University community within the limits of its fiscal resources.
- The Director of the Planning Office is Cecil Austin Roberts, who is also the Director of the Dept. of Buildings and Grounds. Together, the two agencies assist deans and faculty in selecting architects to be recommended for appointment by the Corporation.
- The Property Information Resources Center is established as the Planning Office's departmental library. It collects surveys, planning studies, and office records.
- Harold Goyette begins work as a planning officer in the Harvard University Planning Office.
- Goyette is named Director of the Harvard University Planning Office. He serves as Director of Planning until 1981.
- Harvard University begins to investigate whether it should make or buy energy for the medical area, eventually leading to the construciton of MATEP.
- A change in the structure of Harvard Central Administration results in the Planning Office reporting to the Vice President for Administration instead of the Administrative Vice President. (When Derek Bok becomes President of Harvard University, the office of Administrative Vice President is replaced by three new officers, the Vice President for Financial Affairs, the Vice President for Government and Community Relations, and the Vice President for Administration.)
- Stephen S. J. Hall is the Vice President for Administration; both the Planning Office and the Dept. of Buildings and Grounds report to him.
- Harvard University Planning Office expands to include, in addition to a Director of Planning and Manager of Project Planning, a Manager of Long Range Planning and Research and a Planning Officer for Planning Administration and Studies.
- Positions of Manager of Construction Management and Assistant Manager for Renovations are added to the Harvard University Planning Office. Robert Thomas, who serves as Manager of Construction in Harvard University Planning Office, had previously been Manager of Construction in the Dept. of Buildings and Grounds.
- ca. 1975
- MATEP construction begins.
- Joe Wyatt is appointed Vice President for Administration, serving until 1982.
- Position of Manager of Architectural Services is added to Harvard University Planning Office.
- Harvard Real Estate, Inc. is created as a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University. It manages property, including development and acquisition, for graduate student and faculty housing, and commercial and administrative office space.
- Construction management is removed from within the Planning Office
- A separate Construction Management Department is created, which is a peer agency and reports to the Vice President for Administration. It oversees construction on a day-to-day basis. Robert Thomas is its director. Staff include a Manager of New Construction and a Manager of Renovations.
- The Harvard University Planning Office still oversees pre-construction project planning, long range planning and research, and architectural services.
- MATEP construction completed; operations are stalled by community and state concerns over emissions.
- Goyette is succeeded by Dick Fryberger, whose title is Manager of the Harvard University Planning Office; he serves as Acting Director until 1984.
- Long Range Planning and Project Planning are consolidated and Architectural Services is dissolved.
- Robert H. Scott is appointed Vice President for Administration; he serves until 1987.
- 1984 - 1985
- Dept. of Buildings and Grounds is succeeded by Facilities Maintenance.
- Harvard University Planning Office changes name to Harvard Planning Group, and Robert A. Silverman is named Director.
- Robert Thomas, Director of Construction Management, dies.
- MATEP begins producing energy.
- No new director of Construction Management is named; the department is headed by Associate Manager David E. Irving.
- The Planning Group now includes an Associate Director of Urban Planning and Community Affairs.
- Construction management is again subsumed under planning; it becomes a component of the Planning Group. Irving now serves as Manager of Construction Management under Silverman.
- The Planning Group adds an Assistant Director for Capital Planning and Administration.
- Sally Zeckhauser appointed Vice President for Administration. (She had served as president and chief executive officer of Harvard Real Estate, Inc.)
- Thomas E. Vautin is appointed both director of the new Facilities Management (which is comprised of Facilities Maintenance and Operations) and President of Cogeneration Management Company, Inc. (the firm that oversees operation of MATEP)
- Kathy Spiegelman succeeds Silverman as Director of Harvard University Planning Group. (Spiegelman had served as Associate Director of Urban Planning and Community Affairs.)
- Planning Group now includes an Associate Director for Finance and Information Management.
- Planning Group now includes an Associate Director for Project Management and Design Services.
- University Operations Services succeeds Facilities Management.
- Vautin is appointed Associate Vice President for Facilities and Environmental Services.
- Harvard Planning Group and Harvard Real Estate, Inc. (HRE) merge to form Harvard Planning and Real Estate (HPRE). Units include Project Management, Project Approvals, University and Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate, Physical Planning, Property Information, Management Information Systems, Financial Services, and Administration.
- The Planning Group's Project Management and Design Services and HRE's Construction Management are consolidated to form HPRE's Project Management Unit. The Project Management Unit oversees both profit (real estate) and non-profit (university) construction projects.
- Spiegelman is appointed Associate Vice President for Planning and Real Estate.
- United States de-regulates energy industry; Harvard sells MATEP.
Series and Subseries in the Collection
- General Construction Project Files, ca. 1953-1986. 142.5 cubic feet in 142 record cartons and 1 document box.
- MATEP Construction Records, 1971-1985. 25 cubic feet in 25 record cartons.
- ___Monthly Progress Reports
- ___Feasibility Studies
- ___Design and Site Development Records
- ___Manuals of Procedure
- ___Records related to Authorization and Approval of MATEP
- ___Environmental Health Records
- ___Asbestos Control Records
- ___Mission Park Housing Project Files
- ___Project Specifications
- ___Design and Construction Drawings
- ___Construction Progress Photographs
In 1999 Harvard University transferred vital records associated with the operation of MATEP to the total energy plant's new owner, Advanced Energy Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Commonwealth Energy System.
- Accession number 10222 Harvard University. Construction Management Department 1984 September 18
- Accession number 14146 Harvard University. Construction Management Department 2000 April 27
Over 700 cubic feet of construction management records were appraised and weeded by Harvard University Archives staff. After destroying duplicate or non-permanent records in accordance with the Harvard University General Records Schedule, the total number of boxes was reduced to 168. Staff refoldered only where necessary, took notes, created project or folder lists as needed, and created this finding aid. Document-by-document appraisal and weeding was required because most records were in no discernible order within the boxes and some records were not in folders. Harvard University Archives did not attempt to impose a physical arrangement on the records.
- Harvard University. Construction Management Records : an inventory
- Harvard University Archives
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