We started our day with a little planning and a simple question...."What has been one of the biggest "takeaways" from our work over the past week?" There were multiple responses, but...one that seemed to surface again and again was, "We didn't realize how much planning and detail went into a project such as this".
Next, we spent team time preparing to consult with our local experts. We knew we had questions..... Little did we know how this simple exercise had somehow, almost serendipitously, set the stage for a day of mind bending calisthenics beyond our wildest imaginations.
Mid-morning, Marc Steffes and Adam Van Gorp (our contracting and architectural experts) came into the scene. Since Marc was joining us for the first time, he shared a little bit about himself and his educational and professional background.
After getting to know a little about Marc and his background, Marc and Adam split up (each taking one team), and set about the task of conferencing and consulting with each group. They were brutally honest and shared with us the reality of all of the hidden costs beyond our figures which included only the obvious surface expenditures such as park benches and picnic tables.
The guys questioned us and made us think....outside the box! Adam coached us on presentation considerations, funding source ideas, and more architectural considerations. He took us back to the drawing board.... pushing us again to bring in more detail and clarity!!!
By noon, our heads were swimming and we were ready for a break. Today, we had really earned it and we knew we had our work cut out for us when we returned.
And the reality....?!?!? Our experts gently delivered the news that each of our teams is likely around $20,000 OVER BUDGET.....(insert scary music here!!!) But let's face it..... Isn't that true reality (and the challenge) for many, if not most projects??? Now we have to get real about researching our actual total costs, we have to make adjustments, and we have to get creative about obtaining funding sources to bring our dreams to reality!!
At the end of the day, we had circled back and learned that the process for designing a park encompasses even more depth and breadth than we had initially discussed earlier in the morning. The silver lining????....two amazing local experts, willing to share their time and talents and to stretch our minds in an educational journey.
And the real reality.....we learned soooooo much and that's what J Terms is all about..... the learning!! Thanks to Marc and Adam for a great day!!!!