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In today’s construction industry, there are no “one size fits all” solutions. With continually changing building codes, advancements in sustainability methods and technology, and an elevated emphasis on work site safety, owners and construction managers should expect more from their contractor relationships.

Our team seeks to remove the barriers between design, construction and service, resulting in intelligent, lasting solutions. We are experts in our field with the knowledge and experience to provide recommendations and analysis that contribute to more informed decisions and creative application of lean construction methods, and a full suite of engineering, BIM, and pre-fabrication capabilities in-house.

Case Study: Center for Healthcare Technology

The Center for Healthcare Technology is a 10-story chilled beam office and pharmacy building for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Burns Mechanical was brought in during the schematic design phase as the mechanical design-assist subcontractor. Burns’ preconstruction team developed a life cycle cost analysis to justify a different heating plant concept that would reduce Penn Medicine’s life cycle costs. Our team also reduced the initial HVAC budget by $1 million in the preconstruction phase while still meeting the project goal of silver level LEED certification. During construction, Burns led the BIM coordination process for all trade subcontractors. HVAC piping subassemblies were prefabricated in our Conshohocken fabrication shop and set on custom reusable racks for just-in-time delivery, enabling 7,000 feet (equivalent to one typical floor) of piping to be installed each week.