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December 2013

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s 7 North Renovation

Working in Sequence

Upcoming Milestones »» Drywall in patient rooms »» Patient room perimeter bulkheads »» Cement board & drywall in patient bathrooms »» PMU ceilings on shower relocations

Executive Summary To anyone frequenting the jobsite, or even popping in for a glance, it’s apparent that the activity level has been at an all-time high this month. Since our last update, framing crews have completed their build-out of all patient rooms. Currently, they are focused on the many patient room bulkheads as well as the corridor leaf bulkheads located above the nurse charting stations. Once these tasks wrap up, along with a few miscellaneous areas, all framing for this phase will be complete. The flow of work on the jobsite has progressed in a clockwise manner, starting in the southwest corner and moving north. This essentially allows for a continuous line of construction activity. Subcontractors are able to work on multiple project stages, absent the need to wait for the previous trade to fully complete their work on the floor. Framers have moved from one room to the next, with plumbers, electricians and mechanical contractors roughingin in their wake. The first group of rooms on the west is now able to be inspected and given the go-ahead for drywall,

while rough-in work continues on the next line of patient rooms. This steady completion of rooms, by all trades, has given us the opportunity to jump-start certain scopes of work. Right now, available rooms are being topped out, which is a row of drywall that is hung at the top perimeter of the patient rooms. Because the mechanical and plumbing lines are already in place above the ceiling, hanging crews must cut each of the boards to fit around every penetration into the room. This is one of the most tedious areas for board hangers. Once complete, larger crews will arrive to hang and finish the west room group, continuing the high activity level into the next month. Thank you, everyone, for the great progress and Happy Holidays! Joe Novakoski, P.E., LEED A.P. Vice President / Senior PM

Track the Project’s Progress as the Lake Grows!









The Look Ahead

The next step in the project is hanging drywall, which will allow us to build the bulkheads around the perimeter of the patient rooms. Cement board will be installed in the shower and toilet rooms so tile work can begin. Plumbing work on the 6th floor endoscopy unit is almost wrapped up, and we will soon start working on the PMU suite of the hospital. This change will bring on new challenges with a different group of hospital staff. Overall, we are very pleased with the workmanship quality and progress and look forward to the upcoming drywall phase.


-Joe Shashaguay, Field Manager

Floor infill from old ductwork chase

Patient room framing

Hanging cement board in shower areas

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Topping out patient room walls

Did You Know? The framing members, or studs, used on this project are a cold-formed steel product. These building materials are made by the rolling and/or pressing of thin gauge sheet steel. Although this type of product is considered a fairly new fashion, it was actually seen in construction as early as the 1850’s. Some entrepreneurs tried capitalizing on this production concept during the California gold rush by selling “portable iron house kits” that could be assembled in one day. Rejuvenated interest in cold-formed steel products grew after these building materials were used in the “Homes of Tomorrow Exposition” at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.

The post-WWII housing boom helped drive the demand for continued innovation of this technology. The steel framing market had grown significantly by the 1980’s but, surprisingly, it wasn’t until the turn of the millennium when organizations formed to standardize steel stud production and design into the materials we use today.


SPOTLIGHT Progress in core area

This month’s spotlight goes to Bouma Corp. They set the project off to an awesome start installing steel studs, shaft walls and hollow metal door frames. Bouma’s manpower and willingness to work with our other subcontractors keeps this project right on schedule. Their workmanship so far on this job has given us a great deal of confidence in the phases to come. Thank you, Bouma Corp! Template fabrication of cooridor leaf bulkheads

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Inside Scoop - December 2013