After the former clubhouse for the Milburn Golf & Country Club in Overland Park, Kansas was destroyed in a fire in 2010, Zimmer's Development Management Group was hired to manage the design and construction of a new 32,000 square-foot facility. Construction began in spring 2012 and was completed a year later.
Making Grand Boulevard Grand - In 2010, "Making Grand Grand" was envisioned as a public/private partnership for streetscape improvements along Grand Boulevard. The project tied River Market, Downtown, and Crown Center together though one "grand" project that will serve as an icon for the City. Among the regionally known entities within the corridor are the River Market, the United Missouri Bank World Headquarters, the Sprint Center, the Power & Light District, the Kansas City Star, Hallmark, and Crown Center.
The goal of the project is to create a sustainable "complete street" that will improve vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, and multi-modal transportation, increase economic viability, efficiently manage storm water and runoff, find "green" solutions, and create inviting places for pedestrians. The revitalized Grand Boulevard will then serve as model for other streets to follow.
Supplementing raw data with the real perspectives and desires of the community are at the core of an economic development master plan being developed by Zimmer's Development Management Group.
The effort is being led by Troy Nash, Vice President and Director of Public Sector Consulting at Zimmer. Since taking on the assignment from the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation in January, Nash has spent the past five months immersing himself in the both the public and private sectors of the county. Charrettes in Marshall, Sweet Springs and Slater have allowed citizens and members of the business communities to voice their perspectives on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for both their individual cities and the county as a whole. Nash is currently conducting interviews with key stakeholders to narrow the focus of his plan. Results gathered from the public meetings and stakeholder interviews offer needed perspective to the raw data collected from census and economic reports compiled by Zimmer's research staff.
Technology-driven projects can include data centers, high-tech manufacturing facilities, banking institutions, sports facilities and office buildings.
Managing technology driven construction projects requires a different approach than the traditional method of managing a design/bid/build project. Consider the four main tenets of dealing with "Technology" on a large project for a sophisticated client organization:
"Technology" is very often applied differently within each of the client's business groups or departments. Organizational structure can create an environment of poorly aligned agendas - in some cases conflicting agendas - when applying technological solutions.
Advances in technology happen every day. This means most technologies have a short life-span and are soon rendered obsolete.
Applying sophisticated technological solutions into a project can be an expensive and time intensive endeavor. It must be done right the first time and be well integrated.
Technology is critical to the client's business success.
Long-term relationships, persistence and a willingness to think big allowed for a needed healthcare facility to find its way to fruition in Kansas City's Crossroads district.
Zimmer Real Estate Services, L.C. has had long-standing relationships with both Truman Medical Center (TMC) and Crossroads area redeveloper Nate Accardo, which helped bring the two together in a deal allowing the healthcare provider to open a new behavioral health facility near downtown Kansas City. The new facility is located in the former Custom Color building on W. 19th Terrace. Accardo's Custom Color business relocated to North Kansas City approximately two years ago.