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Design-Build Firm Completes Renovation for Houston VA Facility

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HOUSTON — ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. has completed the renovation of a healthcare laundry facility for the local Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the design-build firm reports.

The Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based company provided design-build installation for the 14,000-square-foot facility’s utility relocations and upgraded infrastructure, which included the removal and installation of laundry equipment, as well as the demolition of existing utilities servicing the equipment.

The crew was able to modify existing utility systems without interrupting hospital operations through a technique called “hot tapping,” coordinating the shutdown of certain utilities while connecting to existing piping still in use.

New equipment included a seven-module tunnel washer, four dryers and a spreader/feeder/stacker assembly. New concrete pads, drain trenches and HVAC ductwork were installed to service the equipment.

Access openings to the basement were also reworked to accommodate transport of large equipment to and from the facility.

Work was completed solely on mid-floor levels to avoid disruptions to the functioning hospital.

Mike Gaw was project manager and Elliot Mata project executive for ARCO/Murray.

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