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Mar 2016

Campus Renewal recognized by St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers

March 7, 2016 - St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) recognized the Campus Renewal Project March 7 at its 45th anniversary event with two awards — inclusion champion and best practices.

“It’s an honor to be recognized among our peers in the St. Louis design and construction industry for the tremendous work we’re doing on the Campus Renewal Project,” says Donna Ware, BJC director of planning and design.

ramona tumblin-ruckerRamona Tumblin-Rucker, BJC design and construction project manager, received the SLCCC’s inclusion champion award for the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the design and construction industry.

Her dedication to giving back to the community and creating an inclusive construction industry — whether through developing minority business enterprise/women business enterprise contractor capacity or through mentoring middle school girls in Ferguson — are some of the reasons Tumblin-Rucker was recognized by SLCCC. 

“I felt truly humbled receiving this award, considering the achievements and accomplishments of the nominees with whom I was so fortunate to share the stage,” says Tumblin-Rucker. “I left that evening knowing that no deed is too small or large, but that all things are possible and every good task matters. 

“The award reads, ‘... in recognition for advocacy of women by acting as a catalyst for increased utilization of women in construction,’ Tumblin-Rucker says. “These are the words that touch my heart.”

The team for the two-story mechanical penthouse on top of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital north expansion, led by icon Mechanical, received the best practices award. 

The award recognizes achievement and improvements in cost and schedule using industry best practices validated by the Construction Industry Institute.

The mechanical systems for the two-story 34,000-square-foot penthouse were prefabricated offsite, resulting in a safer work environment, improved quality and efficiency, and reduced time on site. 

The systems were designed in 3D, printed on 3D printers at a fraction of the scale, then produced at icon’s fabrication facility in Granite City. The factory setting enabled workers to use a series of cranes, pulleys and levers to manipulate pieces to comfortable heights versus bending, stooping and reaching in confined spaces on the construction site. Prefabrication reduced the schedule, prevented injuries and increased safety. The large prefabricated pieces were hauled to the construction site and lifted to the rooftop over a 
three-week period.

“This is the culmination of two years of work on a high-profile project,” says icon project director Dennis Savat. “It’s gratifying to see the response from our peers and the appreciation of the design, fabrication and installation that this award represents. icon is grateful for this award from the SLCCC. It’s a high point for our organization.”


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