Project Delivery Approach
Carpentry is often the largest trade on a construction project, and the availability of qualified, skilled-labor is a critical driver of success. To address this challenge, Wallworks focuses on two key elements of project management:
- Careful coordination of the carpentry tasks
- Efficient use of labor
“Coordination of the various carpentry tasks – such as framing, sheathing, blocking and drywall work – is one of the most important aspects of project management.” says VP and General Manager, Justin Henzel. “When we are awarded the General Trades Package, the comprehensive scope of work allows for better manpower coordination, phasing of the work, and for managing details that are important for quality.”
In addition to carefully coordinating the work, Wallworks looks closely at the best use of labor on each project. For a 74,000 sf rehabilitation facility in Pennsylvania with a tight schedule, Wallworks used panelized roof truss and exterior wall assemblies. By prefabricating the assemblies in a climate-controlled environment, Wallworks was able to eliminate the productivity delays associated with an on-site stick-framing process in bad weather conditions.
The prefabrication construction method allowed Wallworks to drive the project ‘from slab to roof’ in 15 weeks – saving 6 weeks of time. Portions of the building were under roof in 8 weeks, which allowed other work, such as MEP and drywall to be completed ahead of schedule.
“The use of panelization for the PowerBack project was important because we were able to have labor for the exterior framing and the roof trusses at the same time as the interior framing.” According to Bill Archacki, VP of Wallworks, “This was a very important aspect of managing the labor on the project.”
About the Project:
The Project is a $19M state-of-the-art rehabilitation services for patients leaving the hospital but who are not quite ready to go home. PowerBack Rehabilitation was launched by Genesis HealthCare in 2012 in response to the market demand for shorter post-hospital patient recovery periods and fewer post-discharge setbacks.
The 74,000 facility includes 120 private suites, a 4,500-square-foot therapy gym with the latest therapy equipment, spa services, a large movie theater, game room, as well as bistros, food services and more.