However, when I attempted to use the solution I received a more helpful error message saying that Reporting Services was unavailable. This led me to research and find that ordinarily the SharePoint Reporting Services Add-In is installed when SharePoint is installed (like it is on my production SharePoint farm) but this wasn’t the case on my development stand-alone server SharePoint.
After installing the missing Addin the Tech-Solutions Project Management webpart worked properly. This morning on a hunch, I attempted the BrightWork solution again … and the site was created!
Will let you know if I run into any further issues.