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Project Faces Two Strikes, But Still Manages a Home Run
Tech To The RescueKaena Construction had faced a similar challenge before and had already come up with an answer. Their people used a software product called Compressario that applied algorithms to scheduling. The program calculated hundreds of scenarios based on the available dates for demolition and utilities connections, and applied results to the expected project completion. What it found was a very small change to several activities would make the difference by delivering the project within just a week of the owner’s desired completion date.
Ooops, Yet Another ChallengeKaena’s people got the project and put the plan in motion. But, a few things had changed since bidding, not the least of which was a move by city officials to start upgrades to utilities in the area. Suddenly, utilities connections were in jeopardy and once again threatening the project’s completion date. Kaena’s team reimagined various scenarios on activity completion dates and then fed new data to Compressario. This time, a major change to foundation phases delivered the project within five days of the owner’s desires. It also meant the team could build out the rear of the building in record time, saving budget money for some much needed lighting upgrades that would reduce the building’s operating costs.
Two WinsMaurice Flappingtarp, Kaena’s project manager on the project, said that before using Compressario he had to massage the schedule for weeks, and then cross his fingers on similar complexing scheduling dilemmas. Now, he said, not only is he more confident about project outcomes but company bids are more successful too.
Cropper Sandwiches New Hotel Between a Rock and a Drop Off
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Marvalux Windows Defeat the Cold North Wind
Owner Gord Permelia knew his new warehouse would need some extra special attention when selecting glazing. Topping the list was of course, durability, but aesthetics were also important since he saw the warehouse as having multiple uses. He needed to please as many potential types of tenants as possible.
The folks at Permelia's architects, Malandra Industrial, decided to enliven the east face of the building with casements to take advantage of morning light and the views to suburbia. But, the northern exposure was a special problem because of the vast flat land offering no wind breaks to the fierce northern cold. Here, they might have settled for no windows at all, but they had a better idea. They scheduled Marvalux triple pane clerestories set just below the top plate to allow plenty of light without massive heat loss.
Wilmert Construction's crew, the contractor on the job, had set clerestory windows many times, but the detailing in this case was unique. Each window would step down along the gable end, staying horizontal to the ground. Wilmert's folks created a pattern out of angle iron to use when laying out the framing that would support the windows.The technique worked wonders in keeping labor costs and material waste down. And, it sped up the process, beating the estimate by nearly a day.
Permelia says the windows are performing as expected and by using heavy shades on timers during the nighttime the installation is highly efficient. [The visual support for this type of article might include architectural drawings of not just the building and elevation, but maybe also of the special model the contractor used for installing the windows. Window details would also fit.]
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