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Charrette Company Lands Monster Reprographics Contract, $35m

Press release from the issuing company

Woburn, MA (3/29/02) - Service Point UK*, the UK's leading provider of digital reprographics to the AEC industry, and sister firm to the Charrette Corp. of Woburn, MA, has been awarded the contract to provide full reprographics and document management support on-site for the seven year term of Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5** development. BAA (British Airports Authority) have budgeted £25m (approx. $35m US) for the reprographics / document management segment of this major project. Service Point UK will be providing plot, print, scan and copy services from its nearby Heathrow branch. An on-site managed print room is planned and up to 16 project site offices will be serviced. In addition, Service Point UK's ProjectCentre information and distribution management software has been chosen for the duration of the project. The T5 project construction team is led by Amec and Laing. It includes top players in the construction industry, including Richard Rogers Partnership as lead Architect. Terminal 5 will supplement Heathrow's existing four passenger terminals. The terminal has been designed to accept the world's most advanced aircraft, such as the Airbus 830, which is not yet in active service, and will have the capacity to handle up to 30 million passengers a year. T5 will include a terminal building and two satellites and will be served by a new direct link to the nearby M25 motorway, the Heathrow Express rail system and London Underground's Piccadilly Line. The T5 plans also feature parking, hotels and one of the world's largest baggage handling centers. Service Point UK's global network has already proven key in the planning and design of T5. Up to 70 percent of the T5 buildings are being assembled off-site, making BAA one of the world's largest prefabrication programs. Use of Service Point UK's international network, GlobalgrafixNet ***, has allowed speedy and effective transmission of files for print at point of need for subcontractors collaborating internationally on this project. Service Point UK was chosen because of its existing relationship with BAA, particularly through their close collaboration on the Heathrow Express project. As Quality Manager for Heathrow Express while working for BAA, Service Point UK Project Manager Pat Edwards, A.C.I.O.B., has worked with most of the people on the BAA team. This proven relationship has instilled total confidence in Service Point UK's ability to handle this size contract. Service Point UK's Heathrow location will act as supporting branch to the project, as it did during the term of Heathrow Express. The proximity of the local Service Point UK facility was key in gaining the contract. Pat Edwards and the Service Point T5 team are working to provide an information and distribution management system that will be made available globally to all project team members. This will meet the project's process and management criteria while providing a simple one-stop interface for the user. No other company can compete at this level, and in fact, any other company would have to outsource this element to a specialist. Regarding the contract, Andrew Manington, Design Production Manager for BAA, said "And the reason we chose Service Point? It's simple: their past, their present and their future. They've got the experience, they've got the infrastructure and they are constantly improving their offering, investing in technologies such as ProjectCentre." Jim Kachenmeister, CEO, Picking Pack Service Point UK says, "To our knowledge, this is the largest design / construction reprographics contract in UK history. Service Point UK is extremely proud to have been chosen to provide these critical services over the length of the T5 project. Our close working relationship with all those companies involved made us the logical choice and we are highly confident that we will add tremendous value to the end result." Charrette, founded in 1964, is dedicated to providing products and reprographic services to the design marketplace. It employs over 900 staff in 17 states. Charrette's ProGraphics division is a technology-based, reprographics management and services group that serves business and design professionals. It provides value-added reprographic services and web-based tools to the professional marketplace through its web site and over 240 On-Site Services (OSS) programs and twenty-one service centers in the United States.