Installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems can require meticulous attention to detail and precise coordination with multiple trades. On the Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Advanced Care (CFAC 7th and 8th floor build-out project in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, the team explored innovative ways to increase efficiency, ensure quality, create a safer work environment during prefabrication/installation, and expedite installation of MEP systems.
A strong collaboration between Mortenson, J.F. Ahern, and CannonDesign provided a solution of prefabricated racking systems that included the necessary plumbing, data racks/cable trays, medical gas components, and duct work. With repetitive medical rooms on this project, 32 total racks for 62 rooms could be fabricated in a controlled environment, shipped to the project site, and installed at a rate of four racks per day. The prefabrication racking process saved at least eight weeks from the project schedule, 1,000 man-hours, and was 500% faster.