On the second floor of the First Avenue
Richard Drennen, president of Superior Mechanical, said the company works with other companies that are installing pipe, plumbing, wiring and duct work on the project to work out conflicts on computers ahead of time rather than having to discover cable duct problems and make costly correction on the construction site a few blocks away.
Also, the company has established a pre-fabrication shop next to the Railroad Park on First Avenue South to have pipe sized, cut, numbered and bundled and then carried to the job site for installation.
On the second floor of the First Avenue South building, Superior Mechanical has made mock-ups of the actual hospital rooms to ensure the piping is sized cable channels correctly for the job site.
Warren said plans are to open the 240-bed hospital wiring duct in August 2012.
He told workers that the fourth floor where they performing work on Wednesday is destined to become the cardiovascular floor of the new hospital.
“On that same floor in less than two years, there will be open-heart surgeries being performed,” Warren said.
Warren said the new facility will help children for several generations, meaning the work the construction crews are doing now will benefit the children of mothers who haven’t even been born yet.