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Modular Building Design
Gross Size of Project:
- Architectural Excellence
The Health City Cayman Islands hospital is unique in that it provides world-class, destination healthcare for local and international patrons. The first phase of construction consisted of a 140 bed cardiac wing. PIVOTEK provided the 56 bathrooms for patient rooms, integrating every component from building structure to finishes. PODs were constructed in accordance with all International and Cayman Island codes using materials readily available in the U.S. and Cayman Islands. The combination of quality products and proprietary unit assemblies allowed PIVOTEK to manufacture and assemble resilient bathroom units that can withstand the multiple exchanges of overseas shipping. There were two configurations: standard and ADA compliant. PIVOTEK performed in a design assist role. The plumbing stacks and vents were designed by PIVOTEK, which provided the complete above slab plumbing design. PIVOTEK worked to select vendors and products that would provide the aesthetic appeal and quality needed.
- Technical Innovation & Sustainability
The special nature of shipping PODs to another country generated the need to create a product that was exceptionally durable, handling weather elements over a long period of time and many modes of transportation. Materials included an epoxy coated aluminum subfloor, G90 steel welded wall panels, and stainless steel fasteners, which were used to withstand the corrosive salt-water air. To aid in energy savings and water runoff control, a greywater pipe system was utilized throughout. The shortage of skilled labor available in the Cayman Islands provided opportunities for coordination between the bathroom units and other site built work. PIVOTEK trained the local workers on custom jigs, which assisted in positioning the PODs, plumbing sleeves, and penetrations. The simplified layout process that was implemented improved the underground plumbing schedule. PIVOTEK trained local contractors on how to set the units in 3 days, which freed up much needed work for a starved labor market.
- Cost Effectiveness
Cost effectiveness was extremely important due to the goal set forth by the client. Historically, prefabrication is most cost effective when there are a large number of units. This allows for greater distribution of engineering costs as well as time to develop a steady production level on a project. PIVOTEK adapted a process to manufacture a lower number of units while maintaining the efficiencies not typically seen in smaller batches. This process of bringing a manufacturing item to a high production level very quickly requires involving the team in engineering and production meetings so they understand the intent. PIVOTEK also developed simpler versions of complex templates and jigging, which eliminated longer setup and change over time.