HOUSTON, Texas — Associated Builders and Contractors presented Pyramid awards to Hoar Construction for the firm’s work on recent construction projects, including NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital and Clinic in Jonesboro, Arkansas (Mega Projects category). The awards were presented at the 25th annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on March 5.
ABC’s National Excellence in Construction program is the premier competition within the construction industry that recognizes outstanding construction projects across the nation. Winning projects, selected from entries submitted from firms across the nation, are judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.
NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, Jonesboro, Arkansas
This new project resulted in a $400-million investment in the region to serve communities in Northeast Arkansas, Northwest Tennessee and Missouri. It is one of the largest healthcare investments made in the state of Arkansas.
Design changes to the project included a massive upgrade to a large amount of healthcare equipment, upgrades to finishes, additional med gas outlets, changes to electrical and low voltage systems, revised room layouts and completion of previously shelled-out spaces. In many cases, the revisions required changes to in-wall and overhead mechanical, electrical and plumbing which needed to be carefully coordinated in order to avoid rework and minimize cost and schedule impacts.
The use of BIM allowed Hoar Construction to seamlessly incorporate these changes by inputting the changes into the model and revising layout of items where interference occurred. By comparing installation progress with information in the model, they were able to limit the amount of previously installed work that had to be relocated by rerouting the newly revised mechanical, plumbing and electrical to avoid items that had already been installed. This not only resulted in less rework for the subcontractors, but it also resulted in improved efficiency and lower cost for the owner. Earl Swensson and Associates served as architect.
Hoar Construction also received awards for The M2 Apartments (Residential: Multi-Family and Condominium category) and the Abroms Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (Institutional category).