UCR School of Medicine
This quarter's #FeaturedProject is local to Riverside and is our second project working with Kitchell.
We are completing the electrical, fire, data, and security of the
entire first floor of the School of Medicine Research Building at
University California, Riverside. Mike McMullen Estimated the project and handed it over to our Project Manager, Troy Reeves. Together with Foreman Rick Glancy and his 3 man crew, they are working hard to finish this project before Fall of this year.
One of the biggest challenges with this project is that this is an
existing building, with existing utilities that has had to stay
operational and in place throughout the construction process. This
requires a lot of planning to route all of the new utilities around the
existing. BIM (Building Information Modeling) is being utilized for
100% of the conduit. With BIM, all aspects of the project are drawn on
the computer from all trades. These are then combined into a 3D model to
confirm there will be no issues when it comes time to install the
components in the field. Project Manager Troy, Foreman Rick along with
his crew can't wait to share the results of this finished project. Stay
Update - UCR School of Medicine
We are checking in on last quarter's #FeaturedProject, electrical, fire, data, and security of the entire first floor of the School of Medicine Research Building at University California, Riverside. Foreman Rick Glancy and his crew, continue to work hard to finish this project by Fall of this year.
Working on the first floor of a building that has stayed operational continues to challenge our team. We have had to pause concrete drilling after 9am due to classes being held on the second floor. Accessing any existing panels or equipment has required 48 hour notice to UCR Facilities to keep the building operational. If that wasn't enough, our heavy summer workload and manpower shortages forced Foreman Rick to utilize a smaller crew, more efficiently in order to keep up with the schedule.
One of the biggest challenges was installing our conduit in layers during the "rough" phase of the project. In some circumstances, our conduit was buried by 4 layers of ducting and mechanical piping. Once the other trades were complete, we had to go back in the same area and rough in our lighting under all of the other systems.
BIM - Building Information Modeling
The BIM aspect of the project has brought on some new challenges as we have moved further along in the construction process. Some of the existing equipment was not in the BIM model which required Rick and his crew to make immediate field adjustments to keep the project moving forward. In some instances, new equipment being installed in the field was not shown on the BIM model. This required some re-work to ensure the proper access was given to the equipment. However, for the most part, BIM allowed us to install conduit and cable trays quicker and more efficiently than a standard project.
Project Manager Troy Reeves, Foreman Rick Glancy and crew have overcome every challenge they have faced on this unique project. Even with so many challenges, we have still been able to stay on schedule and push for a successful completion. Keep up the excellent work!