Building A Summer Intern On The Jobsite Of The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion Project

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I am currently working as a Summer Intern on the jobsite of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion project in San Antonio, Texas, with Zachry Construction Corporation. The project is an 800,000 sq.ft. expansion work, carried out by the joint venture of Hunt Construction Group and Zachry Construction Corporation for the City of San Antonio. Presently, I am working in the Document Controls division under Tim Baughman, who is my immediate supervisor, PMIS Administrator and BIM Manager for the project. The three objective learning areas that were agreed upon in my internship agreement are:
(i) Estimating
(ii) Cost Controls
(iii) Project Administration & Management (RFIs, Submittals, Change Orders etc.)

Estimating
Since the project I am assigned to is an ongoing project which is approaching the Date of Substantial Completion (on December 1, 2015), the estimation tasks that I have performed is related to change orders that are due to unforeseen site conditions, design errors and omissions, and the City directed changes. For example, I worked with the Project Engineer in charge of the concreting works, to estimate the cost of a change order involving the quantity takeoff for additional #4 steel bars that were required for reinforcement along the utility conduits that were cast in the slab on grade. This exercise familiarized me with cost estimation by creating custom Excel spreadsheets with formulas designed to reflect the various takeoff methods for different

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