Novartis: Offsite MEP prefabrication
A 700,000-sq-ft research facility is being built for Novartis in Cambridge, Mass.
Work for Novartis has begun implementing an innovative construction technique – off site prefabrication combined with Building Information Modeling (BIM). While the steel is still going up, MEP systems are being assembled as coordinated modules at an offsite construction facility, located a short distance from the site of the new 700,000-sq-ft high-end research facility in Cambridge, Mass. The modules themselves are assembled at the offsite facility, ranging from 10 to 60 ft long. Once completed, they will contain ductwork, HVAC piping systems, plumbing piping systems, air terminal units, and conduit. Systems are able to be pressure tested and fully insulated before even leaving the facility.
The multi-trade prefabrication effort has allowed for cost savings seen by the client, compressed construction schedules, and improved safety. Large scale buildings with similar floor plans and programs create an ideal opportunity for prefabricated modules. Skanska Construction has recognized these benefits, and is implementing MEP prefabrication in construction projects all over the world. Prefabrication techniques similar to the ones being used for Novartis are becoming more and more prominent in the industry, paving the way for the future of construction.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.