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Interns Gain On-The-Job Insights

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Interns Gain On-The-Job Insights


There’s nothing like walking a job site to truly understand what it takes to develop a career in construction. Our Intern Class of 2018 had the opportunity to tour two projects this week in different phases of construction. Former interns who became full-time team members at W. M. Jordan led both of these tours.

The NASA Measurement Systems Lab is about halfway complete. The building’s laboratory MEP systems run along the ceiling of each floor from one end of the 500-foot-long building to the other. The project team performed a massive Building Information Modeling coordination effort led by Geoff Bean, Virtual Construction Coordinator. The team and our subcontractors use JoBoxes and iPads to verify their work against the building plans and the 3D model in the field. Building Systems Engineer Murphy Kerner and Project Engineer Lauren Simone demonstrated how the model interfaced with the supervision of the trades during the tour. With 13” deep concrete slabs, this building will stand the test of time.

Riverside Regional Medical Center’s Patient Pavilion Expansion adds three more floors to the top of the Pavilion that we built a few years ago. This project is in the final stages. Chuck Arthur, Project Superintendent, and Project Engineer Nathan Birch discussed how they peeled off the old roof and built new structure above an operational hospital. Chuck is a Certified Healthcare Contractor who has spent most of his 36 years at W. M. Jordan building healthcare facilities. He talked about the many special things to consider when building a hospital, such as infection control measures, extra sound dampening, and special plumbing systems for biological waste. What a great way to learn!

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