On March 14, Senior Scheduler Daniel Fahmi and Project Engineer Raney Sledge accepted the 2017 Project of the Year Award in Synchro Software’s Annual Digital Construction Awards for their work on the Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast Modernization project. The ceremony was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with an international audience of scheduling experts.
The $86 million, 165,000-square-foot project in Concord, North Carolina, is innovatively utilizing 4D scheduling to address several foreseen challenges, which led to its ultimate Project of the Year status.
First, the project is required to maintain five emergency egresses throughout its lifecycle, and by using Synchro PRO, the team was able to most efficiently plan and phase work to maintain egress safety. Secondly, because the team had the ability to identify potential hazards using the 4D safety model, they presented it to OSHA, which led to virtual training scenarios for the local fire department and the potential for future state-wide safety awareness use in OSHA’s training center. Lastly – and arguably the most impressive standard of the CHS team’s implementation – each party involved embraced the 4D effort on the jobsite, including the construction team, owner, architect, subcontractors, local inspectors and municipalities. With Robins & Morton Senior Superintendent and first-time Synchro user, Randy Longshore, building the schedule directly into Synchro, and Project Engineer Raney Sledge constantly maintaining the model, the Robins & Morton team effectively engaged personnel at all levels. The team effort, likely a result of the project’s co-located status, allowed this project to rise above the others, according to the Synchro Awards committee.