In late January 2006, Herman Goldner Company was awarded a fast track project to build a cooling and heating central utility Plant for Cephalon, Inc. Because the project was awarded early, Goldner was able to become part of the design team and help to develop an efficient layout of the equipment and piping while avoiding conflicts. By having an open dialogue between Cephalon (owner), RPA Associates (engineer), HSC Builders and Construction Managers (construction manager) and Herman Goldner Co. (mechanical contractor), the design team was able to develop solutions to issues as they arose.
The Central utility plant includes a 1,500 ton cooling plant with (3) 500 ton electric centrifugal chillers; a 7,200 MBH heating plant with (2) 300 horsepower boilers and over 7,000 feet of piping with two pre-fabricated pipe bridges around the cooling towers.
The schedule for the project was fast paced and hard driven by our CAD pre-planning department in conjunction with Steve Angstadt of RPA Engineers. Pre-planning started March 1, 2006 and finished most layout by March 30. This allowed our field to begin in early April with a prefabricated piping system. Prefabrication gives the owner higher quality piping systems because they are fabricated under ideal conditions, keeping a large portion of labor out of the field, and shortening the field schedule. With good, early coordination and prefabrication, projects are completed faster and with higher quality
Per Richard Kingsbauer, the HSC superintendent: “Herman Goldner Co. is the benchmark that all other mechanical contractors strive to attain. … (they) have offered no less than 100% dedication to safety, quality and schedule.”
This project is a perfect example of how a good design team can shorten a project’s schedule and bring great value to our client.