The Emergency + Specialty Services Building at Jefferson Hospital included relocation of an existing central utility plan, construction of a new three-story medical building, new emergency department, and renovation of the existing hospital. The hospital required temporary utility lines during demolition and renovation which were switched over to permanent lines once the new facility work was completed. Dozens of utility shutdowns, which greatly impacted hospital operations, were part of the original schedule.
Aldrich's use of pull planning with subcontractors allowed early engagement and deep discussions on how to mitigate shutdowns and disruption to the hospital. The solution was to connect all temporary and permanent lines together with t-valves so the temporary system could be completely routed to the new system by simply turning a valve. This resolution reduced the number of necessary shut-downs by half, resulting in a significant decrease in disruption to hospital patients and staff—at no additional cost to the project.
During the first phase of our project, Aldrich has communicated very clearly as they uncover the unknowns that are inevitable with demolishing a building from 1929. They have approached the project with a collaborative attitude and have kept us informed and involved with all schedule and scope changes. The Aldrich team communicates well amongst itself and is organized.