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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 the site. 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. 12 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. Cornerstone

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Summer 2016

From the Chairman of the Board, Bill Scott, III
From the President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud
In Memoriam: Jack Marshall and Dave Chapman
Case Study: A Look at How Vaughn Construction Rebuilt UTMB’s Galveston’s Clinical Services Wing After Hurricane Ike
Temporary Employees: Who Really is the Employer?
Successful Workforce Development Practices: An Update on the UpSkill Houston Initiative in the Construction Sector
AGC Houston Presents 2016 Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship Awards, Standard of Excellence Recipient and Recognizes Leadership AGC Class of 2016 Graduates
Scenes from the 25th Annual Barbecue Cook-Off and Fair
Past Events
Member News
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