April 20, 2018
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 Levels 9–12 vertical expansion project in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, the team utilized lessons-learned from the construction of the original facility to build on innovative ways to increase efficiency, ensure quality, create a safer work environment during prefabrication/installation, and expedite installation of MEP systems. The result are enhanced racking systems that include substantial electrical controls, fire protection benefits, and a 3.5’ increase in width to incorporate walls.
A strong collaboration between Mortenson and J.F. Ahern, Faith Technologies, Olympic Companies and CannonDesign made this truly innovative prefabrication effort possible. Prefabricated racking systems create schedule and cost savings, created efficiencies, improved lean practices, and ensure safety. The racks will expedite installation by eight weeks and save 1,000 man-hours on the project. Three separate floors with 16 racks each store items from multiple trades, such as HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical conduit, cable trays and metal studs.