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CONSTRUCTION

is the key to completing work and protecting business operations.

Preparation is Key
The first step to prepare for a construction project in an active manufacturing
facility is for all the stakeholders to
meet with the general contractor and
discuss the end result so everyone is
working toward clear goals. This will
provide an excellent multidisciplinary
base to review the project game plan
and eliminate one of the most common
errors for projects in existing buildings.
Defining expectations for the end result
is essential to assembling an action plan;
identifying issues that could negatively
impact operations over the course of
the work; and finding solutions to avoid
those identified problems.
Make sure the general contractor
understands the nature of the manufacturing and processing activities that
occur within your facility. They need to
know what you do, when you do it, and
how you do it.
The more the general contractor
knows, the better able to devise a flexible construction plan that will enable
them to complete the project with
minimal interruptions to your operations. After all, disrupting operations
threatens the revenue stream that will
pay them. Key topics to review with the
contractor include:
+ Delivery schedules for the warehouse
+ Time of day business unit workers
arrive at the facility and when they
go home
+ Preferred locations for contractor
parking and material lay-down/
storage
+ What areas of the facility are more
sensitive to construction-related
issues such as noise, debris, air quality, power outages
+ The manufacturing equipment or
operations that require constant,
uninterrupted uptime

+ Coordination of any utility shutdowns
+ Coordination with planned facility
shutdowns

Safety First
Safety should be one of the first and
foremost topics of discussion prior to the
start of a construction project. Nothing
can derail a project faster than unsafe
work practices or work conditions. Two
safety programs must be melded into
one comprehensive plan to protect both
plant employees and construction personnel. The plant will have its own safety
policies and procedures focused specifically on maintaining a safe work place.
The general contractor will have a
comprehensive safety program setup to
meet the project's construction related
safety requirements. Safety practices
must be confirmed early in the project
development process in order to protect
every person working at the plant, and
to maintain business operations.
In addition to the standard job-site
safety practices, the construction team
must be aware of the additional hazards
that exist within an active manufacturing facility, such as chemicals, conveyor belts and moving parts. The plant
workers must also be protected from
the hazards created within an active
construction site.

Flexibility is Required
The plant operator must work closely
with the contractor to coordinate the site
logistics. The goal is to keep construction materials, equipment and deliveries
out of the way of plant deliveries and
shipping so as not to disrupt operations.
Consider that while plants have a regular
flow of materials in and out, construction tends to be less predictable.
Construction is, however, more agile,
so contractors must be flexible to accommodate the customer and manufacturing processes.

"Make sure the general
contractor understands the
nature of the manufacturing
and processing activities that
occur in your facility."
_________
Make sure the contractor understands your company's environmental guidelines and is able to execute
construction in compliance within
those boundaries. Construction creates
waste, debris, dust etc., so protecting
the plant's indoor and outdoor environment is important.
The contractor should have a plan
for cleanup and you should encourage
them to use products that have minimal negative environmental impact,
such as paint with low emissions of volatile organic compounds, for example.
As the client, the manufacturer has
the final say as to the successful completion of a construction project. The
retrofit of an occupied building with
active operations is very different from
the construction on an unoccupied
facility because there are more stakeholders, issues and potential problems
that need to be handled in real time.
Establishing relationships and open
communications between the general
contractor and all the stakeholders
in a construction project is the most
important step to ensure that the completed retrofit achieves your goals and
results in the least disruption to the
manufacturing process and the related
supply chain it supports.

Matthew T. Strong, professional engineer, is

president of C1S Group, a full-service professional
services engineering and construction firm based in
Dallas with a specialty in completing complex projects in
active industrial facilities. Strong has more than 26 years
of experience in the design and installation of critical
environment manufacturing projects.

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