Higher Education Construction

HWith approximately 75% of higher education campuses and over 50% of K-12 schools planning on starting construction projects last year, construction spend in this space is on the rise. These stats, according to the Construction Productivity Blog, show the trend increasing in the need for safe construction practices. One of the biggest concerns facing contractors when completing these school renovation projects are unknowns regarding underground private property utilities and concrete reinforcement. Due to some of these facilities being decades-old, drawings and maps aren’t always available or even accurate. Seldom are utility as-built drawings updated every time a construction renovation is completed, leaving excavation contractors exposed to utility strikes, shut downs, delays and injuries. Construction projects on school campuses are time-sensitive due to class schedules and breaks so delays must be avoided.

Higher Education campuses are in constant building mode – trying to add more value and capacity for their students. Excavating, digging, trenching, drilling and boring is a natural result of these projects. Typically, the 811 process is capable of locating the underground facilities prior to these services. GPRS is able to perform these one-call services by partnering with the school and the state sponsored 811 systems to locate the needed tickets. But, what can a general contractor to when the campus is all on private property? GPRS can provide locating services in this scenario as well. Our highly-trained Project Managers will service these campuses that are on private property – just like the public system. Call can be placed to GPRS to locate underground utilities, clear digging areas, create and update utility maps, and review locate tickets. GPRS services are not limited to locating utilities. By utilizing ground penetrating radar, GPRS PMs can scan concrete prior to saw cutting or core drilling. Whether scanning interior or exterior areas, using GPRS services helps to keep your team and job site safe.

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Rather than send a rigid rate sheet to prospective clients, GPRS can create a customized service plan. We take into account our industry experience, national footprint, and operational/scheduling capacity to craft a customized plan just for you.


With one single point of contact for you company, GPRS can schedule utility locating, video pipe inspection, and concrete scanning projects for your site with one simple phone call. Gone is the need to call multiple service providers across a region or nationally. GPRS has Project Managers in every major market in the US and our single point of contact will simplify your scheduling process.


GPRS understands that clear, understandable, and consistent pricing is a big deal. Our nationwide footprint allows us to streamline our costs on a nationwide basis, we are sure to craft a cost structure that makes sense for the scope of work. Rather than send a blanket rate sheet, we consultaively compose pricing plans for each project.


Every campus, site and facility have different challenges. Since our inception, GPRS has completed hundreds of thousands of projects and relies on that experience when crafting a site-specific plan for safety, scanning and reporting. With the SIM Specification as our guide, we will craft an individualized approach to each and every project. From facility mapping, locating prior to excavation, to performing one-call locating - GPRS will perform the right service for your scope of work.

One Call Program

GPRS exceed industry performance when it comes to the accuracy of our utility locating. Our team of Project Managers can continue the support of your project by crafting a one-call program from when your project transitions to the O&M phase.

Public Property

Damage prevention is critical when excavating in a public right-of-way. Using the 811, call before you dig system, is an essential step to take when trying to avoid underground utility strikes. It's the law! GPRS is able to contract and perform one-call type utility locating for your underground assets.

Private Property

A utility locate on private property is not complete until a private utility locator like GPRS has been called to comprehensively locate the entire campus. GPRS can create a one-call type program for your facility or campus in the case that you have utilities that lie within public property.


GPRS can place our highly trained PMs within your facility or campus to perform utility locating and concrete scanning services. When our PMs are placed within a facility, many benefits realized when compared with our standard services. Our schedule is at your disposal, there is familiarity with site intricacies, and we can manage as-built drawings for the entire site.

As-Built Drawings

As-built utility drawings don't always show the current underground conditions of a site. Drawings that are produced in the design-phase of a project don't always reflect the exact location of underground utilities. Over time, due to renovations, repairs, and additions, as-built drawings become out of date. GPRS PMs are able to update as-built drawings so that they reflect the actual vertical and horizontal position of underground facilities.