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Pre-fab gives $1 billion hospital job a big schedule boost (Engineering News-Record)

December 8, 2013 by  
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Engineering News-Record (McGraw Hill): An extensive prefabrication strategy aims to keep the $1-billion University Medical Center project in New Orleans on target to meet the project’s daunting scope and aggressive construction schedule. With more than 2 million sq ft of built space, the project for the state of Louisiana is one of the largest health care campuses under construction in the U.S. Its 31-month construction schedule has prompted construction-manager-at-risk Skanska USA Building, New York City, and joint venture partner MAPP Construction, New Orleans, to pursue prefabrication of mechanical systems, headwalls and bathroom facilities.

Across the 38-acre site, crews are moving fast. With a targeted completion date in spring 2015, the jobsite is running 20 hours a day, with up to 1,500 workers spread across two shifts. According to Ralph Easterwood, Skanska general superintendent, the building team is completing roughly $1 million worth of construction each day.



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