a process called “pull planning,” by which the team met with
other project subcontractors to identify critical deliverables
and milestones that required completion over a mutually
“The goal was to create a proper workflow for the project,
identify any potential trade stacking or overlapping, and overall
buy-in and accountability from the construction team,” Robin-
son said. “In addition, the process also identified any areas of
‘float’ in the schedule. For example, if we discovered an extra
day, we would utilize that day to focus on items done early.”
“To stay within budget and prevent installation conflicts in
the field, our team developed 3-D BIM modeling drawings and
coordinated directly with the engineering group to design and
preplan the installation of all major equipment,” Trocano said.
“This process was beneficial to the electricians and the overall
MEP process, including the owner.”
Sequoyah Electric’s practices paid off, according to Molly
Barry, Senior Project Manager, Turner Construction.
“Sequoyah managed their scope of the work tremendously,
and they really helped drive the project to its completion successfully,” she said.
Cochran Inc. is a Seattle-based electrical contractor founded
in 1954 by Walter Cochran and his sons, Bob and Gordon.
Now under the leadership of Walter’s granddaughter, LeeAnn
Cochran, the company was the EC on the second phase of the
University of Washington Medical Center expansion in Seattle.
Cochran modeled the project in AutoCAD MEP and built
out seven operating rooms and 79 ICU and medical surgery
suites in the Montlake Tower as well as the interior renovation
in the Pacific and Muilenburg Towers.
Since the medical center is a working facility, Cochran was
required to limit its drilling and rotary hammering. The company met the challenge of efficiently addressing the university’s
protocol for handling hundreds of utility shutdowns, including
adding a full-time coordinator for that task.
Working with the other trades, Cochran created tube steel
structures that were designed and assembled off-site then
trucked in and delivered.
“On this project, mechanical, electric and the plumbing
trades all mounted to the one rack structure, which was welded
to the ceiling structure that was the overhead horizontal transportation of all the systems in the ICU corridors,” said Brad
Velasco, senior project manager, Cochran Inc.
The company also prefabricated ICU headwalls.
The last phase of the project presented challenges that
stemmed from working in a 1950s building.
“When we first started the project, we were given drawings
of the existing conditions, but we realized quickly that existing conditions had changed, both structurally and electrically,”
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Cochran modeled this multitrade rack design for the University of
Washington Medical Center in AutoCAD MEP.
Multitrade rack ready to
be installed in a corridor
To stay within budget and prevent
installation conflicts in the field, our team
developed 3-D BIM modeling drawings
and coordinated directly with the
engineering group to design and preplan
the installation of all major equipment.
—Rick Trocano, Sequoyah Electric