Look way up at Royal University Hospital at the large crane in the middle of maternal and children’s hospital construction site and you will see something different.

“The large crane will begin moving construction materials from the laydown area behind the parkade to the construction site by transporting these materials directly overtop the parkade,” explains Craig Ayers, Saskatoon Health Region’s Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) project director.

“After careful planning, engineering and construction, temporary structural steel overhead protection is now in place to allow the contractor to move materials more easily into the site. This will reduce the number of construction vehicles and deliveries that would otherwise need  to cross-over parkade traffic coming into the site, and hopefully, help to ease some of the traffic disruptions people have been experiencing. While there will still be materials and construction traffic coming through the parkade traffic area at the west edge of CHS construction site, going forward, the majority of the construction material delivery will utilize the defined safe path directly above the parkade.”

Structural steel overhead protection

This temporary structural steel overhead protection is now in place to allow the contractor to move materials more easily into the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan construction site.

The structural steel overhead protection sits on the top deck of the parkade and vehicles are able to park underneath the covering. It is a critical component to effectively and safely bring the required construction  materials into the site. Materials coming across the top of the parkade include everything from steel beams, forms and concrete, mechanical and electrical equipment to eventually all materials required for the interior finishings, most anything needed to build the new hospital.

“Using this path over the parkade will help ensure we can get the materials into a complex and restrictive construction site in a way that is safe,” explains Ayers. “Every time materials are transferred into the site using the crane, everything from the rigging to the transfer buckets utilized are inspected and engineered to assist to ensure the safest transportation possible. The overhead protection on the parkade adds an extra element of safety to that delivery pathway.”

The covering was always part of the construction team’s materials management strategy and using the pathway for material transportation is a key component of the construction logistics and schedule.

“There is little area on site for crews to lay down construction materials, so we need just-in-time delivery for many of these materials using the construction access road we built on the University campus behind the RUH parkade. As the available area for construction materials and equipment within the construction zone is further reduced as the CHS building footprint is constructed, an alternate method to bring the construction materials into the site is the lifeline to completing the construction effort.If we weren’t able to easily unload behind the parkade and move these in with the crane, this would make our build even more complex and schedule longer,” says Ayers.

The temporary overhead protection will be in place until the hospital construction is completed in 2019.

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