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T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F V I R G I N I A C L AU D E M O O R E M E D I C A L E D U C AT I O N B U I L D I N G

TRADITION DEFIES CONVENTION

by Matt Wood

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The University of Virginia simultaneously embraced Thomas Jefferson’s tradition and defied convention in its new Claude Moore Medical Education Building. Anticipating the changing landscape of healthcare delivery and education, the facility combines a full spectrum of learning technologies that will accelerate the integration of clinical education early in the curriculum - and provide the school with some much-needed elbowroom in the process.

“This has been the single best project of my 39 year career. Barton Malow, CO Architects and U.Va. created a strong team relationship to successfully deliver a showpiece for the U.Va. School of Medicine, within budget and on time for the start of the 2010 Academic year. Great job Team!“ Tom Snow U.Va. Supervisory Sr. Project Manager

TIGHT SITE – NO PROBLEM The project was built on a tight urban site – only one acre – in the middle of the U.Va. Grounds, just behind the Medical Center. The building excavation directly abutted two busy streets and an existing medical research building, all of which remained open throughout construction. The excavation for two subterranean floors left minimal space for construction activities. This limited the team’s craning options and required creative phasing for construction activities. The team adopted just-in-time material delivery solutions similar to automotive manufacturing industry practices. Building information modeling (BIM) was used to coordinate work, including the installation of major utilities below two adjacent roads. TRUE TEAMWORK The unique circular window system, designed by CO Architects, and its integration with adjacent materials was especially challenging. The project team came together at the onset of construction to study and coordinate the constructability of these systems. Important issues were resolved before construction started. The coordination process and subsequent installation resulted in an aesthetically beautiful, and practical, watertight assembly. Claude Moore recently opened its doors to the class of 2014, giving students and faculty an extraordinary opportunity to retool the school’s curriculum to better meet the needs of medical students. The project reflects tried and true practices of teamwork, paired with cutting edge technology like BIM, and open-minded solutions. Thomas Jefferson approve!

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KARMANOS-CRITTENTON CANCER CENTER

BORN OF NECESSITY by Larry Dziedzic

When the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center teamed to provide exceptional cancer care, they wanted the facility to have the look and feel of a welcoming ski lodge to help patients relax. That comfortable environment, designed by architect Albert Kahn Associates, contributed to the project being honored by a 2010 Community Impact Award by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). The completed project is stunning, but there were challenges to overcome during construction. A delayed construction start meant winter conditions that were not initially anticipated. The original slab-on-grade pour, planned for December, was pushed into January. Frigid temperatures meant the team had to thaw the frozen ground before the pour. An innovative solution was needed to keep the project on schedule and within budget. Many ground-thaw methods are cost prohibitive. Barton Malow had used a lessexpensive approach on a previous project. It involved laying flexible piping (connected to a portable boiler system) on the ground and covering it with thermal blankets. Then, heated glycol was pumped through the closed loop boiler / piping system. Although this method worked well on the earlier project, it did not work quickly on this job until project superintendent Jeff Sohn decided to wet the piping and ground surface.  The water was an effective heat-transfer medium from the piping to the ground surface which reduced the thaw time significantly.  Water would not have been a good solution with other soil types, but Jeff and the team knew the site was sandy and dry. Adding water did not create a huge mud hole.   This creative solution helped keep the project on track. According to project manager Rich Wimble, “Innovation is born of necessity,” in healthcare construction as in life.

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“With the selection of Kahn and Barton Malow, we were able to hit the ground running on this project.” Monte Oberlee Administrator for the Environment of Care Crittenton Hospital Medical Center

2010 CREW DETROIT IMPACT AWARD WINNER

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PRESCOT T VALLEY LIBRARY

A VIBRANT MONUMENT by Scot Bennett

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2 0 1 0 P U B L I C W O R K S P R O J E C T O F T H E YE A R W I N N E R A R I ZON A C H A P T E R o f t h e A M E R I C A N P U B LI C W O R K S A S S O C I ATION

As the first stand-alone library facility since the town’s inception, the new library is a dream come true for the Town of Prescott Valley, one of the fastest growing communities in Arizona. Glassford Hill, the now-extinct volcano that formed Prescott Valley, was the inspiration for the library’s iconic design. Barton Malow had the opportunity to work with several innovative materials and finishes to help bring architect richärd + bauer’s plans to fruition. Barton Malow conducted extensive research into the installation and performance of each product to ensure that specified materials would provide long-term value, as well as respect Prescott Valley’s budget and schedule. For example: • The cement board panels on the exterior envelope, chosen to invoke a volcanic feel, were installed up to two-stories high. The installation instructions detailed pre-drilled screw holes and specified a maximum amount of pressure on the screws to prevent the panels from fracturing. This required a delicate balance of screw tightening to ensure the panels were secured to the wall, while preventing the corners from shearing. •

Certified up to 60 percent recyclable by volume, Alkemi countertops with recycled metal shavings were selected in lieu of plastic laminate for all public countertops. The curved shape of the Council desk posed a particular challenge because if the cuts were off, the piece could not be corrected and would be scrapped – not an option for the project budget. The skilled millwrights from Arizona Custom Millwork successfully installed the countertop with no scrapped pieces.

The Prescott Valley Library has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of patrons it serves. Within months of opening, the number of issued library cards doubled from the previous year, Internet usage increased by 50% and the number of items out on loan increased by 30%. The new building is a vibrant place for the community of Prescott Valley, an exciting addition to the Civic Center complex and a monument to the town’s history.

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T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F M I C H I G A N F O OT BA L L S TA D I U M

BUILDING A BIGGER HOUSE by Neal Morton

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The University of Michigan Football Stadium, affectionately known as “The Big House”, reclaimed its position as the largest football stadium in the country upon completion of its expansion and renovation.

media and game-day operations to move in on Friday and handle Saturday games. The University cleaned-up on Sunday and turned the stadium back over to the construction team on Monday at 6 am.

Every renovation project is met with scheduling challenges, but the completion date of the Big House renovation was not negotiable, with 109,901 fans expected for opening day. Despite this challenge, the project team navigated through the intricate renovation and expansion while hosting more than 100,000 fans through the construction site on game days over two football seasons.

Monday morning, the team unpacked and prepared the site for tradesmen – and 4 days later, would have to pack up all over again. Some workers did not get Saturday game days off; instead, they secured work areas throughout the facility to ensure fan safety.

Missing a football game because of construction? That was never an option. The construction team built time into the project schedule to shut down construction operations, clean- up, conduct safety inspections, and turn the building over to the university before each home game. That meant construction activities took place on Monday through Thursday during the football season. The turnover process occurred on Thursday afternoons so the University could take control of the site and allow vendors,

Sixteen home games along with other activities – including Commencement with President Obama – were hosted at the stadium during renovations. There were more than a million fans and other visitors through the site, with no safety incidents. As a fan commented, “You don’t just have 100,000 fans – you have 100,000 superintendents making sure everything is just the way we want it.” Keeping people happy is our job - and we love what we do! SEE THE VIDEO

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S U S TA I N A B L E B U I L D I N G

BUILDING ENERGY SAVINGS by Andrea Wright, LEED AP

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B u i l d i n g I nnovative S o l u t i o n s

Did you know that 40% of the world’s raw materials go into buildings – and across the industry, 30% of materials delivered to a construction site wind up in a landfill? In the United States, buildings use 70% of all electricity generated; an estimated 50% of that is wasted. The environmental, economic and social consequences are enormous.

Barton Malow has been building green for generations, both in our own offices and for clients. But now we are taking aggressive steps to curtail energy use, both corporately and on projects. Essentially all our projects can contain green elements; meeting different client priorities is the key. •

Our in-house sustainability “think tank” validates and improves upon green project elements. The occupancy sensors in use throughout our headquarters building are one example. When the sensors determine an area is unoccupied, the system turns out the lights in that area. We’ve also replaced incandescent light bulbs with LED lamps for additional energy savings.

A newly planted elevated garden is sprouting at our headquarters. It is a model green roof fashioned by our preconstruction planners. It is testing the resilience of different plant types to different temperatures and soil mixes, with the goal of low maintenance and low cost.

At Georgia Tech, Shirley Clements Mewborn Field features a 42,000-gallon underground cistern that, when full, can keep the field watered for 2-3 weeks without rain. Rosser International served as architect.

At Catalpa Oaks Park, Barton Malow Design suggested using multifunctional buildings and recreational spaces to reduce construction waste and save money. For example, increasing the size of the community room allows for archery as an activity in the space. In addition, the design includes wind turbines, which will take the entire park “off the grid,” reducing dependence on outside sources for electric power.

Sustainability efforts aren’t all or nothing. To the contrary, building green requires a culture that emphasizes discernment and value – and continual innovation. Barton Malow offers eco-solutions at every phase of design and construction at all price points. No question: construction is energy intensive. Our efforts must be, too.

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PERSONNEL MARVELS

Corinne Ambler, EIT, LEED AP Project Engineer “Barton Malow is dedicated to continually improving and streamlining processes by implementing new technologies, in most cases driven by employee innovation. For example, on my last project we streamlined the commissioning and closeout processes by utilizing BIM and Tablet PC’s to leverage field generated data.  In the end this provided our client with the data and infrastructure to better maintain their new facility for years to come. I am proud to work for a company that is committed to staying on the cutting edge of technology in order to provide better solutions.”

Mike Smarrito, LEED AP Project Manager “With Barton Malow, I have had the opportunity for continued education and professional growth through the use of our online education curriculum. Additionally, the use of building information modeling (BIM) has allowed both the owner and building officials to view conflicts between existing utilities and new utilities, mitigating potential added costs to the project. Company tools allow Barton Malow to provide the utmost of quality and innovation demanded by today’s owners.”

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Mario Garza, Jr. Preconstruction Manager “The largest impact in my career has been participating on our self-perform projects and working with our trades personnel and trade management. This unique opportunity allowed mentoring by our ‘true builders.’ The broader understanding of how our trades drive production influences decisions I make every day. Barton Malow’s continued commitment to construction trades truly allows us to be a world-class builder.”

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