Prefabrication Saves 2 Months on Deer District Project

The Milwaukee Bucks and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin have created a partnership that includes the development of the Sports Science Center, the new practice facility for the Milwaukee Bucks; and the McKinley Health Center, a medical office building.

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center, located in downtown Milwaukee, boasts 77,500 sqft of space for team use and enclosed parking. The multi-level building offers all the necessary accommodations to comfortably house an NBA team with ample workout spaces, rehabilitation areas, leisure space, and office areas. The overall design by Eppstein Uhen Architects and Populous also took into account an NBA player’s physique, making taller countertops, shower heads, doorways, and higher seating throughout.

One challenge was schedule. JP Cullen proposed completing the project in 12 months, two months earlier than the original schedule. Turning over the facility in June meant the Bucks could be open for free agency on July 1. This was important for player recruitment to showcase their facility to potential players. Two tools aided in schedule acceleration: prefabrication and BIM.

Prefabrication of exterior walls was done to get the building enclosed ASAP so partitions, studs, drywall, and MEPF overhead rough-ins could be done in an enclosed facility since the work would be done during winter. All stairs were fabricated off-site and put into place. Lastly, we met with the MEPF subcontractors to develop opportunities for prefabrication, such as overhead piping and ductwork. In total, prefabrication saved 7 weeks on the schedule.

BIM, specifically MEPF coordination, was critical in accelerating schedule and resolving conflicts before they became a problem in the field. It kept high clearances in the parking garage by re-routing mechanical ductwork, located where the precast coring needed to be for plumbing runs between floors, located interference between ductwork, metal joists, and other MEPF runs, determined the grease exhaust needed to be relocated, determined some lights needed to shift because they were in the same location as diffusers, addressed storm drain protection over the courts, and addressed how to hang/run mechanicals through the chase along the weight room because of lack of attachment locations. The team found 50+ conflicts and resolved hundreds of clashes, resulting in ZERO mechanical clashes during construction.

Looking back at each of these projects I can’t help but think of the countless challenges that our organization put in front your staff at JP Cullen. Time after time your staff far exceeding the expectations we set in place.

Dennis Williams
Vice President of Facilities Operations, 
Milwaukee Bucks