From both a preconstruction and construction standpoint, there is a lot to consider when planning and delivering a hospital project. Many times, as was the case at the Caritas Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton, MA, the project directly affects or interacts with an active, working hospital. This project team, addressed health and safety concerns on this complex project by conducting hazard vulnerability analyses and implementing interim life safety measures and infection control risk assessment programs.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
We often talk about the importance of early collaboration on construction projects, and this photo is proof that Cannistraro practices what we preach. The above photo shows a Project Manager, a Coordinator and a Field Foreman collaborating during preconstruction to ensure that every detail is taken into consideration. On this particular project, the team pre-planned the exact path that each piece of equipment would take on the mechanical room floor during the rigging process.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
You might recognize the photo/model comparison shown above. It appears in this month's issue of PM (Plumbing & Mechanical ) Magazine, along with a series of quotes from our own Michael Cannistraro, P.E., and other big name players in the mechanical construction industry. This month's cover story is titled "Mechanical contractors increase productivity with BIM."
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The project team for the MGH Lunder Building included some of the most BIM-savvy companies in the Boston area. BIM was utilized for everything from prefabrication of the hundreds of piping assemblies, to the scheduling of all equipment and deliveries to the job site. The screen shot of a 3D model shown above not only depicts the level of detail included in the model, but also the floor space that was included to help plan for a future chiller installation on the building's 5th floor mechanical room.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The size of the mechanical room at the MGH Lunder Building, as well as its equipment, added to the intricacy of scheduling this project. Remember the AHU passing through the entry portal in yesterday's photo? Today's photo shows one unit in its rightful place within the 40,000 sf 5th floor mechanical room.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Part of the HVAC scope of the MGH Lunder Building included installation of large air handling units, each the size of a tractor-trailer. A team of Cannistraro coordinators, project managers, and foreman designated many hours to planning and scheduling during preconstruction. The above photo shows one such unit being delivered to the project site through the "portal," a single entry point for all rigging and deliveries.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Cannistraro has a long, successful history of working with Partners Healthcare and Turner Construction. When Mass. General Hospital was looking to build a new, 530,000 sf, 13-story building, Cannistraro was more than up to the task. Over the course of this week we will highlight a few of the interesting aspects of this world-class hospital facility that is now open for business.
Friday, March 16, 2012
In 2010, Cannistraro developed Nucleus6D, a database service that provides fast, easy access to the data and resources Facility Managers use to operate and maintain buildings... with the added benefit of BIM. Using Nucleus6D, O&M data is accessible directly through the model, yet the user needs no 3D modeling experience. The above photo shows one service technician accessing O&M information about a pump in a laboratory mechanical room.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
On renovation or expansion projects at existing facilities, 3D models may not exist. In many instances, project teams will utilize laser scanning services to capture thousands of points of reference that help determine distances, dimensions and clearances without the need for field measurements. On a recent project at Wentworth Institute of Technology, the Cannistraro team was trained in the newest technology that integrates point cloud data with building information models.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
See this machine in action in Cannistraro's prefabrication video!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Total Station technology has helped Cannistraro improve efficiency on the job site in terms of sleeve and hanger installations. Field personnel move around open floors and lay out points using a wireless controller that communicates with a 360-degree prism that is mounted on site, and works like a GPS.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
This Sunday (March 11th) is World Plumbing Day; a day when many people across the globe advocate for clean water and sanitation technology. In reflecting upon this day, we can't help but be proud to be partnering with an organization like Partners In Health on the Mirebalais Hospital project. Today's photo was taken by John Cannistraro, Jr. on a previous trip to Haiti. The green and white container is a cistern that PIH implemented after the 2010 earthquake to provide clean drinking water to Haitian citizens. Thank you Partners in Health for all that you do!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The weather in New England today reminds us that spring is right around the corner. The colorful, spring-like photo shown above was snapped during a fire protection test of the deluge system at Boston's Logan Airport. Cannistraro has vast experience designing and installing deluge systems to protect buildings and facilities from fires.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The key to a lean approach is to eliminate waste within a process. Using prefabrication and just-in-time delivery minimizes the need for on-site stick welding and eliminates the piles of pipes that traditionally occupy space on the job site floor. This prefabricated assembly for 640 Memorial Drive's chilled water return system arrived from Cannistraro's fab shop, was hoisted into the building, and installed the same day.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Whether you're going out of the city towards Cambridge or heading into Boston via the Mass. Pike, it's hard to miss the long, brick building located at 640 Memorial Drive. The building's rooftop units alone are an impressive sight from the nearby I-90 overpass. Cannistraro performed the HVAC infrastructure for the core and shell renovation of this laboratory facility...but did you know that this building was formerly a manufacturing site for the Ford Motor Company?
Monday, March 5, 2012
One of the signature characteristics of a Cannistraro project is the attention to detail demonstrated by the project team. If any image could depict attention to detail in a single snapshot, the above picture does just that. The delivery and rigging of these chillers was not only time-sensitive, but also very complicated due to the entry portal, the ceiling height and the overall layout of the basement.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Today's post has nothing to do with the latest Best Picture winner from the Academy Awards, but rather the Artists for Humanity out of South Boston. Last evening John Cannistraro, Jr. hosted a Leap Day open house to showcase the creative work being done by Boston-area students and their mentors at AFH Boston. More than 50 guests, including many of the area's top construction professionals, visited the museum and admired the work of a talented bunch!