Preservation of the Project Goal

Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Western New York needed to develop a multi-functional, disaster-ready facility that would allow for efficient, centralized meal production for their organization and other nutrition-focused programs in Western New York.

Utilization of the Transparent Process

In 2008, MOW began working with an architect to develop a new 29,000 sq. ft. food production facility. With the architectural firm leading the process, the quote ballooned to $500,000 and pushed the projected total cost to more than $7 million and the design had lost much of the desired functionality. To prevent costs from soaring farther, board members researched other options and selected McGuire Development as their Owner Representative.

McGuire Development met with board members to determine project goals, budget and costs, current needs and future growth plans. On behalf of the owner (MOW), McGuire Development managed the process with a full understanding of the not-for-profit’s mission. This meant that the building was created from a functional point of view, with McGuire Development directing the architect in the building’s design and functionality.

McGuire Development’s signature transparent process saved MOW over $400,000 in architectural and engineering fees and delivered the project at $5 million, down from the projected $7 million. Under McGuire Development’s project management, the building opened under budget and on time, with 100% of the construction savings and project contingency passed back to MOW.


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