U.S. Engineering graced the front page of the Mechanical Contractor Association of America’s (MCAA) Winter 2014 edition of Smart Solutions. The article focuses on U.S. Engineering’s use of technology to help meet the fast-track schedule of the new Mercy Hospital Joplin in Joplin, MO.
Because of the desire for a quick turnaround, the project team decided to bring on mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) partners early in a design-assist role. U.S. Engineering was hired to provide the mechanical and plumbing fabrication and installation.
Along with the use of a total station, which uses precision optics and robotics for field layout points derived from the 3D model, the article highlights the importance of U.S. Engineering’s ability to provide 3D models that could roll right into construction documents and fabrication spool sheets:
“For the project, all of the subcontractors were required to have 3D coordination capabilities. Because of the fast-track nature of the project, the goal was to use the detailed 3D model, which would include all MEP elements, to issue construction documents and facilitate a speedier start to fabrication concurrent to contract documents.”
More about the facility from Smart Solutions:
“The new 875,000-square-foot Mercy Hospital Joplin, designed to withstand a powerful tornado, will include beds for surgical services, critical care, women’s and children’s services, behavioral health, and rehab. The bottom three floors of the structure will include hospital space along with a seven-story patient tower and a four-story clinic tower rising above the hospital space.”
Mercy Hospital Joplin is being built to replace the hospital destroyed by a tornado in 2011.