Prefab, planning reduces job site crane time

by Ryan Hoggatt

In less than 15 minutes, it was complete. UMC field teams were able to condense what is normally three or four crane picks, into one – Saving valuable time and minimizing job site impact for the entire project.

Well planned and executed prefabrication can save hours on a construction project.

A fantastic example of this added value is the prefabrication and installation of a fluid cooler for the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) building in the Spring District of Bellevue. GIX is a three-story, 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art, graduate academic institute that will feature computing and design labs, a prototyping facility, and spaces for collaboration and presentations.

The two-piece fluid cooler was delivered to the UMC fab shop, prepped, and assembled. The base frame was fabricated in-house, sent out to galvanizing, and assembled with the fluid cooler. The finished unit assembly was pre-picked in the fab shop to determine the load center of gravity and ensure that it can be crane picked safely. The final fluid cooler fabrication condensed three or four picks into one seamless crane pick. Moreover, because of the pre-planning in the fab shop, UMC field teams were able to lift the unit from the truck and safely set in position on the GIX job site in less than 15 minutes.

To learn more about UMC’s fabrication process and schedule a tour of the fabrication shop, please contact us.

 

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