Earlier this year, global construction consultancy firm Linesight opened a new Dallas office. Now, the Dublin-headquartered company is further progressing its presence in the Central U.S. with 1.3 million square feet of new projects that value more than $600 million.
According to Linesight, Dallas-Fort Worth is the second-busiest construction market and second highest data center leasing market in the country. The team is bullish on North Texas, the state, and the rest of the central region—that rising market demand will allow Linesight to be an asset to developers in optimizing project timelines.
“Linesight is seeing great growth in our project pipeline throughout Texas and the Central region,” Darren Newell, Linesight’s Dallas program manager and associate of cost and project management, told Dallas Innovates. “Particularly in the areas of long term, mission critical projects, commercial new builds, and TI renovations.”
Linesight sees its new Dallas office as broadening the company’s capabilities throughout the Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Nebraska. Linesight deploys globally developed project management techniques to provide cost and general consultancy services to the construction industry.
Clients are in a range of sectors: residential, commercial, data centers, life sciences, high-tech industrial, hospitality, healthcare, and retail. According to the company, its specialist project teams are able to improve project delivery time, cost efficiency, and value.
For instance, Linesight most recently provided its services for advisory, broking, and solutions company Willis Towers Watson—its largest project yet.
The three-floor renovation project in Dallas, which was completed ahead of schedule, involved combining three existing offices spaces into one in Ross Tower. The team worked with architectural firm Verderame & Cale and general contractor Balfour Beatty to modernize around 72,000 square feet of office space, including conference rooms, workspaces, and a three-story atrium.
Following the completion Willis Towers Watson, Linesight decided it was the right time to open its next office in Dallas, according to Executive Vice President Patrick Ryan. “With construction demand growing in the Central U.S., having a dedicated office in the region gives us a clear understanding of the local issues facing the industry,” he said.
According to Newell, technology played a major role in Linesight’s ability to complete the project early.
Designs, RFIs, and submittals were all done through a portal and punch lists were generated instantly via software.
Newell says this allowed for instant access, visibility, and transparency, along with quicker decision-making, valuable time saved, and no need for a report to be written and sent after the walkthrough.
“Innovative tools used throughout the project, such as laser scanning equipment, measurement tools for offsite construction, and modern lifting equipment for the atrium, helped us speed up the manufacturing process and complete work within shortened timeframes,” he says. “The contractor also implemented technology for site inductions with videos and visual displays for site specific rules to ensure a safer site and to reduce risks.”
Saving time on construction isn’t an easy feat, but the company says its entire project team has the tools necessary to make the renovation a success.
“Creating a new space on schedule for hundreds of employees represented many challenges,” Justin Rehrer, the real estate manager for Willis Towers Watson, said. “However, Linesight’s ability to understand our timeline, budget and vision has allowed for a smooth transition.”
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