Case Study: Microsoft Corporate Campus Fargo Expansion

Fargo, ND

Time Period: September 2008–March 2009

The Challenge

Diehl Project Management was challenged to coordinate a team to “fast track” design and construct a 120,000 square foot two/three story “build to suit” office and a 56,000 square foot Amenities building. Requirements included enclosed, connecting link walkways between buildings as well as the associated remodeling of two existing, occupied corporate office buildings in Fargo, ND. This meant 400+ employees had to be moved from one of the existing office buildings into the new office building in a single weekend.

The Solution

An experienced project manager was essential to coordinate and facilitate completion of the entire design, construction and relocation processes while managing multiple customers, difficult personalities and sometimes opposing goals.

Diehl Project Management coordinated a group of professionals and successfully delivered the right solution to demanding customers. Each building and remodel had to be budgeted and scheduled separately but coordinated as one project. By gaining the trust of all team members, clearly defining roles, and assuring accountability, he was able to use his project management services to deliver a quality project.

The Result

The project management team’s leadership and the collective efforts of the entire team resulted in completion of all of the projects under budget and on schedule. Members representing the owner, project manager, design and construction teams all worked together to carefully solve problems and make difficult decisions in a manner that was reasonable and timely to all members.

What the client said:

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to Paul for his work on the corporate campus expansion account. He has a high level of constructability knowledge which serves him well in representing the owner in a new construction endeavor. He is also very personable and garners respect from all whom he interacts with both onsite and off. His ability to interact effectively with the client and his ‘never get rattled’ nature makes him well-suited for client facing positions. Paul is a well rounded, experienced project management professional with an arsenal of skills that any project and client would benefit from having on board.”

Keith Donovan
Program Manager - Americas
CB Richard Ellis, Inc.

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