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is about 900 feet long with six
pavilions on a diagonal plinth.
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is a long horizontal
building with a lower level and three stories. "Moving materials
through [the building] is more of a challenge and we set up multiple
locations to load into the building," Wood explains. "There is one
main access to the site. We made sure we got our loading dock up
and elevators up and running as quickly as possible."
During construction of the new facility, Turner Construction
took over about 1,000 parking spaces that are used for the current
hospital, which will stay operational. The company overcame that
challenge by relocating parking for the staff and holding regular
meetings to keep everyone informed.
Landscaping began in advance of construction to ensure vegetation would have a couple years of growth and reach maturity before
the facility opens in 2017. Although the land had to be protected
during major construction, Wood says it worked well because the
final features were in place early.
Turner Construction requires its subcontractors to wear gloves,
eye protection and hard hats. It also promotes a "ladders last" policy.
"We notice a lot of injuries because of ladders, so you have to apply
with a permit on the job to get one," Wood explains. "We want to
make sure they take other options into account first."
Moving forward, Turner Construction will put the finishing touches in place, start HVAC testing and balancing and get the commissioning completed over the next few months.
Turner Construction and Northwestern Medicine established
pre-qualifications to select subcontractors for the job. "I would say
just about every one of them we have worked with before except for
COST of Wisconsin, which was brought on because of the uniqueness of the water feature," Wood explains.
Because Turner has worked with almost all the subs, each is
familiar with one another's work and expectations. On site, Turner
ensures safety is a top priority and believes everyone on the job
plays a role in maintaining safety.
The company has a full-time safety director on site, offers training
and holds regular safety stand-downs. A stand-down can be held
with the entire group or a specific contractor to ensure they understand the protocol, Wood says. "We do regular safety stand-downs
to talk about current and upcoming hazards and an overall standdown two to four times per year," he adds. "We bring everyone to the
site and do an evacuation drill, and then go through safety issues if
we find common occurrences are taking place."
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