“This was an unusual project inasmuch as the county was going to own the building which was built with a non-profit raising all the funds, managing the design and overseeing construction. It had never been done before in Howard County. Synthesis became an absolutely essential part of our team and was with us every step of the way.
Tom King was our guy and there is no one better than Tom. More than partners, Synthesis was a part of our team and there was a great deal of mutual respect. Synthesis saw its role as working for us and being our advocates and they were very respectful of our wishes and preferences while providing the expertise to make it all happen.
I was amazed at how complicated it all was. Working with contractors, writing RFPs, understanding the county process, Synthesis walked with us every step of the way. At one point, we were having weekly phone conferences with 15 people just to sort out the details of a complex grant.
Tom also helped us figure out how to do things in the most cost-effective manner. In one three-hour session, he helped us to knock $400,000 off the cost of the building and he worked with contractors and suppliers he had relationships with to get us better prices and products.”