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he remembers. "As a project manager, you
run the business, you are the contact for the
customer, and you must deliver."
Mutnick received his MBA while working
at ColonialWebb and says working for the
company has been more than just a solid
career path. "Driving around Richmond,
Va., where we are headquartered, I can't
go more than a few miles without seeing
a facility we haven't built, renovated or
maintained," he adds.
ColonialWebb has been tasked with
building 600 Canal Place, Richmond's second-tallest building and the new Dominion
Energy headquarters. Dominion Energy
supplies electricity to parts of Virginia and
North Carolina and natural gas to West
Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and eastern
Dominion says the building is a "strategic
investment in the future of our company,
our employees and Richmond." When completed, the 20-story office tower will reach
417 feet tall.
ColonialWebb submitted final proposals
in June 2016 for 600 Canal Place and was
awarded the contract one month later.
The design and construction team for the
project is led by a joint venture between
Richmond-based general contractor Hourigan Construction and Clayco, which is a
Kendall Heaton Associates is the record
architect and Pickard Chilton is the design
architect for the project.
600 Canal Place is a 960,000-square-foot
energy-efficient building that will not only
be an addition to the Richmond skyline, but
also house retail space and more than 1,000
Dominion Energy employees. The project is
expected to be completed in January 2019.
"We are helping to build this new tower
that will have Dominion Energy's name on
it," Mutnick explains.
A second tower is also being considered
by Dominion adjacent to this one, which
would begin construction in 2019."
ColonialWebb has been using building
information modeling (BIM) for years
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as a tool to detect clashes and improve
coordination among the trades, design
engineers and architects. "By sharing 3-D
models with all stakeholders, we take
our clients on a virtual walk-through the
project and detect coordination conflicts
before the construction process begins,"
the company says. "As construction
projects get more and more complex,
it's essential to limit risks and eliminate
mistakes before work begins."
The company began BIM earlier this
year on 600 Canal Place and is now onsite performing underground plumbing
work, HVAC ductwork, piping systems and
sleeves. "The first couple floors required
heavy coordination," Mutnick says. "The
challenge becomes getting material up to
the remaining floors because what you
safety is a major focus
at ColonialWebb with dedicated
safety professionals on-site.
don't want is have crews going up and
down the building all day."
To meet this challenge and increase
efficiency on 600 Canal Place, ColonialWebb
is prefabricating its materials off-site in its
manufacturing facilities and using tower
cranes to hoist the materials up to the right
floors. "It's all about coordinated procurement and timing of our fabrication to make
it to the construction site just in time,"
"We are implementing our plans to
modularize duct plenums, damper sections,
control wiring and piping hookups on 32
purchased air handlers," he continues. "After modularization we are setting two floors
of air-handling units at a time starting at
the fifth floor and will work our way up to
the 20th floor."