SOURCE: Miller's Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc.

Miller's Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc.

October 10, 2013 08:00 ET

Innovative Construction Methods & Modeling Technology Speed Completion of Award-Winning Hospital Expansion

TALLAHASSEE, FL--(Marketwired - October 10, 2013) - Miller's Plumbing and Mechanical, Inc. (MP&M) was honored for its work on a two-story vertical hospital expansion at the 2013 Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) of North Florida Excellence in Construction Awards on Thursday, October 3, 2013. MP&M's work on the Capital Regional Medical Center two-story addition was named Specialty Project of the Year during the biennial awards ceremony designed to recognize outstanding construction projects in the region.

"There were some unique challenges involved in adding two floors to a fully-operating hospital, and we are very proud of the fact that we completed the project with minimal disruption to the facility, and ahead of schedule," said Heath Miller, president of MP&M. "We are honored to receive a project of the year award. It's a testament to Capital Regional Medical Center and the great people we had working with us, Skanska USA, Gould Turner Group and the rest of the design team, not to mention our guys in the field."

The $15 million dollar project called for an additional two floors to be constructed atop the current healthcare facility. Using state-of-the-art Building Information Modeling (BIM) to simulate building components, extensive coordination and collision testing was done before construction began. To minimize noise and disruption at the hospital, MP&M pre-fabricated entire sections of the plumbing and mechanical systems in an offsite warehouse, including patient bathrooms, corridor utility mains and medical gas headwalls. The prebuilt sections, as well as other, larger mechanical components, were then hoisted six floors up, above the existing facility by crane and lowered into position for installation. 

"I think we all knew there would be challenges in adding two floors to an active major medical facility, but it wasn't until we were underway that we actually understood the extent to which that we'd need to be flexible in scheduling things like shutdowns, or find creative solutions to logistical problems as they came up," said Austin Wright, MP&M Vice President. "This was a great project for us, and achieving substantial completion in only ten months had a lot to do with the innovative construction techniques that went into it."

In addition to this project, MP&M also received a 2013 Excellence in Construction Eagle Award for its work on the $90 million dollar Archbold Hospital North Tower and Central Energy Plant Expansion in Thomasville, Georgia as well as a third consecutive Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award.

About Miller's Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc.
Miller's Plumbing & Mechanical provides high-quality service and installation of plumbing and mechanical systems in North Florida and South Georgia. With extensive experience in healthcare construction and maintenance, MP&M prides itself on the delivery of exceptional service with minimal disruption in sensitive environments. MP&M has recently expanded its services to include light commercial and residential HVAC sales, service and repair through its MPM Air division. For more information on MP&M, its areas of service and past projects visit www.millersplumbing.com.

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