Today’s construction industry is changing and modernizing at a rapid pace. There’s no better example of this than how 3-D printing is being used to construct homes and commercial buildings.
It’s sobering to realize that cement is responsible for almost a tenth of global carbon emissions. If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third-largest carbon dioxide (CO2) emitter in the world, behind China and the United States. According to Chatham House, cement contributes more CO2 to global warming than aviation fuel, and is not far behind the global agriculture business.
The University of Washington School of Medicine sought a partner that could streamline its facilities management needs — allowing staff to focus on their core competency: research and medicine. Absorbing the new facility into regular operations presented challenges, including the development of a maintenance plan aligned with existing practices, migration of operations and maintenance processes into the work order management system, and the creation of an operating budget and long-term capital plan.
Since the days we sat on the kitchen floor and played with Tinker Toys while our parents cooked, the appeal of prefabrication has been obvious. The limited number of parts–colored sticks of different lengths, wooden wheels with multiple sockets–created endless possibilities with minimal extra work. Enter prefabrication.
What is Value Engineering? When you’re asked that, what do you think of: cutting the cost, making the building smaller, removing scope from the project, rebidding the project to more subcontractors? The correct answer is to add value to the project.