Shapiro & Duncan was recognized by Associated General Contractors of DC Metro during the 17th Annual Washington Contractor Awards Ceremony at the Peace Institute in Washington, DC. The company was acknowledged for its outstanding use of BIM on the Goliath Data Center Project and for its lean multi-trade modular approach in the central mechanical room for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The award ceremony celebrated challenging and astonishing construction projects in D.C. Capitol.
Shapiro & Duncan has been continuous in adopting lean practices and innovative technology. Its field and prefabrication teams implemented a solution for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that consisted of creating multiple modular fabricated skid assemblies for the mechanical central plant supported from the floor only, atypical from the HVAC piping systems.
With full virtual design construction coordination, the team carefully and successfully created the room layout of mechanical equipment into modular skids while considering sustainability, constructability restraints and connection obstacles in the field. Shapiro & Duncan thought outside the box by prefabricating skid assemblies that minimized waste, enhanced productivity and maximized time savings. Safety always as the number one priority, Shapiro & Duncan employed high standards with precautions to ensure the safe delivery of the modular skid assemblies, including roadway clearances and extensive cross bracing.
“There was a design requirement that piping larger than four inches in diameter could not be hung from the overhead structure, our team had not previously encountered such a strict installation requirement. Several iterations of brainstorming sessions lead to the assembled skid concept. This lean approach took some novel thinking in order to deliver an innovative solution that delighted the client,” said Sheldon Shapiro, CEO.
Additionally, Shapiro & Duncan was honored for its mechanical solutions on the Goliath Data Center in the BIM Projects category. With a dedication to utilizing innovative technology to deliver excellent service, a major key component to the company’s success was its BIM system.
“BIM was vital in troubleshooting mechanical and plumbing designs in conjunction with other trades and aiding in the accelerated fabrication of HVAC systems for Goliath,” said Chris Canter, director of BIM/prefabrication.
Presented with a challenging schedule from preconstruction to completion, Shapiro & Duncan was in charge of coordination, fabrication, delivery and placement of approximately 18,000 feet of welded steel HVAC piping ranging in sizes from 10 to 3 inches in diameter for Project Goliath. Developing a concise structural plan with meticulous prefabrication, superior logistic coordination, quality workmanship and established team leaders was pivotal to executing the project. It resulted in the delivery a fully functional data center in world record time and three weeks prior to the designated completion date.