A meticulous layout process leads to savings
By following Suffolk’s innovative Plan + Control process, the Zero @ Irving team in New York ensured that every single mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) sleeve or penetration was laid out correctly; minimized the number of construction requests for information (RFIs); and saved almost $900,000 for the project.
On this mixed-use project in the heart of New York’s Union Square, Suffolk’s project team used the Plan & Control process to divide requests for information by trade and consolidate all coordinated layout drawings into Procore, our construction management software. Having these drawings in a designated Procore tab made it possible for all trades to easily access the latest consolidated drawings, which serve as a single point of truth for building.
Once the team had distributed pre-pour drawings to the field, they checked the layout with a total station for each MEP sleeve. The result: every sleeve or penetration was installed in the correct place.
The process also resulted in less than 300 construction RFIs for the project; an average RFI count for a similarly sized project is about 1,200. Streamlining that number allowed the team to train its focus on production, manpower, schedule, and quality control.
Coordinating, checking, and solving these issues virtually—before they hit the field—resulted in major time and cost savings for this high-profile project. This 22-story, 250,000-square-foot high-tech office building is replacing the massive P.C. Richard and Son store and serve as a collaborative innovation center to the surrounding community. Zero @ Irving will be anchored by Civic Hall, a work and event space for community organizations, tech companies, government agencies, and entrepreneurs, and is expected to generate 600 jobs in the tech industry.