Now and then in the commercial furniture installation business, you get an opportunity to take on something that lets you really see what you’re made of, operationally speaking. ISI was fortunate to have had two such opportunities recently.
Movable Wall Installation at ECE Illinois
The mission in one case was to install the 2,600 linear feet of framed-glass architectural walls that would define the spaces for laboratories, conference rooms and private offices in a newly constructed 230,000 square foot academic building on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Creation of the building, the new home of the College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE Illinois), is a $95 million project. The project team’s goals for the building include LEED Platinum and Net-Zero Energy designations. The building will open for use in Fall 2014, according to the university’s website.
In scoping ISI’s part of the project, Al Herrmann, our field superintendent and safety director, and Matt Sprenzel, our CEO, determined that vertical push was the only way to go in order to complete the work on schedule. Even with unfettered access to the building’s freight elevators, the elevators simply would not have accommodated the 10-foot and 12-foot glass panels. So plans for three phases of crane lifts were developed.
An ISI installer team composed of Denny Gibson (project foreman), Tom Allen, Denny Gibson III and Gil Millan became weekday residents of Urbana for the 5-week period of intensive installation work which started in late March. Al Herrmann was also on site to make the appropriate inspections and provide oversight during the three 3-day periods when the crane was in use. Denny Gibson reported that the lifts were approximately 2400 pounds each.
The ISI team was augmented by a local installation crew which we’d teamed with as a cost-saving measure in the interests of our client dealer and the university.
Office Furniture Installation for a Financial Services Giant
Vertical-push logistics were again the key to timely execution in the second project we report on here. An ISI team under the direction of Al Ziarko installed 640 stations, 36 private offices, 4 training rooms, 16 conference rooms and 1100 chairs at the Northwest suburban offices of an international financial services company.
Virtually the entire product set was hoisted into the lower three floors of the building over a 3-week period. Each hoist by the telescoping fork lift was around 4,000 pounds.
The installation team consisted of Al Ziarko (project foreman), Paul Thoreson (foreman), Dave Baumann, Eric Buchignani, Juan Cruz, Leonel Figueroa, Juan Gallegos, Willie Gildart, Jeff Grau, Rich Green, Michael Guyette, Mike Hermanson, Genaro Howard, Xavier Jimenez, Ed Kalupski, Dave Kiley, Derek Lorens, John Miniuk, Jim Oesterle, Dave O’Malley, John Palka, Brian Peyton, Jorge Quinonez, Javier Saucedo, Mike Schmutz, Joe Skubak, Eric Sprenzel, Mike Troesch, Ted Vandersnick, Craig Wagner and Rick Ziarko.
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