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HUMACAO MANUFACTURING FACILITY HUMACAO, PUERTO RICO Phoenix says his proudest accomplishment during his tenure at Bard was completed back in 2005. Damage to the previous Bard manufacturing facility from Hurricane Georges in 1998 prompted the construction of the new plant, which remains in operation today. The main challenge of the project was ensuring future hurricanes wouldn’t hurt the company’s Puerto Rican operations again. “The new facility had to be cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing,” Phoenix says. “It also had to withstand the direct hit of a Category 4 hurricane, and we had to make sure the design was flexible.” With the company’s growth, C.R. Bard wanted a plant that could make just about anything— including devices it didn’t foresee making at the time. If that wasn’t challenging enough, there were also a few physical hurdles. “The site selected had some of the toughest soil conditions the team has ever worked with,” Phoenix says. “It wasn’t good weight-bearing soil. We had to truck in loads of good structural soil and implement a surcharge soil compaction technique where we put the bad soil on top of good soil and let it compact naturally for months. We used that as the foundation of our final building foundation.”

Humacao, Puerto Rico

The Bard Humacao Manufacturing Plant was designed to withstand a Category 4 hurricane.

Neighbors also had to be taken into account. The plant stands next to a housing complex, so the design of the site and support equipment was important. Activity in the facility couldn’t disturb the neighboring community, and the aesthetics of the building would also have to complement the surrounding areas. “It turned out to be a beautiful facility that our employees and neighbors are thrilled with,” Phoenix says. “It’s probably our finest location.” Industry Week magazine agrees. It recently named the facility “2015’s Best Plant.”

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