In New Orleans, topping out at second University Medical Center building

Crews have been pouring up to 60,000 square feet of elevated concrete deck per week – an incredible rate – at our University Medical Center project in New Orleans. In the above image of the project from early March, the Inpatient Building, which topped out in late March, is the left-most building.

Skanska’s team at the $696 million University Medical Center project in New Orleans topped out the 551,000-square-foot, seven-story Inpatient Building in late March. This is the second building to reach full structural height at this 2.2 million-square-foot hospital project just north of the French Quarter; the 747,000-square-foot Diagnostic and Treatment Building topped out in early December 2012.

To meet the fast-paced schedule for these two concrete-framed buildings, more than 1.2 million square feet of elevated concrete deck has been put in place since June 2012, said Ralph Easterwood, USA Building’s field director on this project.  Crews have been averaging 30,000 square feet of elevated concrete deck per week, reaching an incredible 60,000 square feet of pours some weeks.

Easterwood said the key to reaching such high production rates was detailed planning. This included selecting the concrete subcontractors on the basis of whether they could meet Skanska’s schedule. “We wouldn’t even let them chase this job unless they could handle our schedule,” Easterwood said.

On April 12, the 258,000-square-foot steel-framed Ambulatory Care Building – the final major building – is scheduled to also top out, Easterwood added.

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