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CASE STUDY: UTMB Galveston
Hurricane Ike Recovery Project - Clinical Services Wing
When Hurricane Ike rammed into the Texas Coast in 2008, it caused more than $50 billion
in damages. Galveston, in particular, felt the impact, which had not seen such damage
since the Hurricane of 1900.
The high winds and devastating flooding damaged 80 percent of homes and almost
all infrastructure. A critical part of Galveston's 84-acre University of Texas Medical Branch
campus was coated in mud-the result of the 13-foot storm surge. Threatened to move
off the island due to the $1 billion in damage and layoffs of nearly 3,000 workers, UTMB
decided to go ahead with its expansion plan, which was underway prior to the hurricane.
Dr. David Callender, UTMB President, stated in a Texas Tribune article dated April 26,
2013 that "we went forward with much of the pre-Ike goals, just on a different timeline."
This included the Clinical Services Wing (CSW) at the University of Texas Medical Branch
at Galveston. UTMB's improvements included moving essential functions to a higher level
and adding protective walls around certain buildings.
As construction manager-at-risk for the Clinical Services Wing, Vaughn Construction
shared their story, which began in May 2010, when they teamed with HDR Architecture
to plan for the broader Hurricane Ike Healthcare Recovery program.
Our PrOJECT TEAM SPENT MONTHS
working with the hospital, FEMA, the Texas
Historical Commission, and the design team
to define the scope, identify the budget,
and create a schedule and approach to the
restoration. The Jennie Sealy Replacement
Hospital was to be constructed simultaneously by another contractor on the same
site, and the project was located only
100 yards from the Gulf Coast. The teams
worked together to gain approval on the
series of projects that would need to occur
as part of the restoration with the planning
process lasting nearly a year.
The resulting plan included demolishing two existing buildings of historical significance. The project team worked closely
with the Texas Historical Commission to
document the existing building foundations and coordinate locations for the new
foundations. During this process, the team
discovered a portion of the seawall constructed in 1902 and previously buried on
We excavated pile caps to an elevation
of four feet below sea level to demolish
these portions of the seawall. Then, 32,000
cubic yards of concrete and 3,000 tons of
reinforcing steel were installed to prepare
for the new construction. Other site work
included special coordination to prepare
an existing storm sewer box culvert serving
the east end of the island.
Once the project was approved, we
began asbestos abatement and demolishing five buildings damaged during the
storm. We relocated utilities serving the
campus and coordinated tie-ins with four
existing and two new buildings.
The Clinical Services Wing was located
between and tied into existing buildings
and the active construction of the new
Jennie Sealy Replacement Hospital. Only
six inches separated the replacement
hospital-being built by another general
contractor-from the east elevation of
the CSW, with both buildings designed to
appear and operate as a single building.
Challenges included coordinating overlapping crane activities, sharing the access
road to the construction sites, sharing
limited concrete resources, coordinating
building dry-in (as both buildings were
dependent on each other), protecting
each other's work from damage, matching precast colors, window details and brick
coursing, and aligning interior finish elements like ceiling grid layout and ceramic
tile patterns in the atrium.
The teams held joint reviews of skin
submittals for both projects to ensure uniformity. We held coordination meetings
with all involved parties every three weeks
throughout construction to address current
and upcoming issues. We also relocated the
electrical service for the adjacent central
utility plant onto a portion of the replacement hospital's site and constructed a new
electrical service within our building to
serve both buildings.
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