This is the second in a series of Blog posts related to the design and construction of the Banner University Medical Center new hospital in Tucson, Arizona.
The BIG ROOM has been busy since the last posting on May 3. We conducted a mini retreat that gave us an opportunity to revisit project goals, assess our progress and identify areas to re-focus. We also had a “Half-time” show where some of our team members showed off their talents including a couple of comics (to be expected in a group like this), a woodwind interlude with a flute and soprano saxophone, and yes, a review of some the BIG ROOM sketches.
However, the big activity was down below us as the building pad was created from the soil excavated from a storm water detention basin excavation and the new hospital’s caissons were drilled and poured. It was hard to capture the energy involved in drilling 50 feet underground, placing a rebar cage, and then pouring the caisson hole full of concrete. Still, it was a lively sight above ground with the colorful cranes, earth movers, and tall orange concrete pumpers. All this is foundation work needs to be done in June since the building’s steel framework starts to get erected in July. It’s an exciting time, working with the project team in the BIG ROOM, while a small army of workers and heavy equipment get the site ready for the building’s skeleton.
Of course the colorful equipment does not work without key people in the field like Jake or design and engineering staff like Laura who is captured here checking the field work and entering reports back in the BIG ROOM. We also have our weekly report-out sessions when we wrap up the week's activities and focus our priorities for the upcoming weeks as shown with the sketch of Brittany leading a BIG ROOM session.
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