Prefabrication Benefits Froedtert Project Schedule, Cost, and Safety

For over a decade, we’ve been actively applying Lean Construction principles to the construction industry. We have learned that the most effective way to solve problems and add value is through the combination of the great innovation provided by our team members and partners, and the application of effective tools, processes, and techniques.

Most recently, the project team at the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Advanced Care Vertical Expansion prefabricated a pipe riser rack to connect water and steam pipes vertically between the floors of the building. The 11,000-pound, 64-foot rack contains hot supply, hot return, steam vents, and condensate vents. In collaboration with J.F. Ahern, the team designed and prefabricated the rack offsite – taking 200 hours to fabricate. Once complete, the rack was installed and placed in one pick, requiring a crew of eight craftspeople and two hours to complete. 

  • Designing and prefabricating the pipe riser offsite:
  • Eliminated significant confined space work
  • Saved four weeks of onsite work for J.F. Ahern
  • Provided controlled conditions for a higher quality product
  • Saved the customer $20,000