Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEPF) coordination is the process of detecting and resolving clashes and constructability issues among these trades before stepping foot on the construction site. This allows the team to identify and verify these systems can be built as intended and fit above the ceilings.
MEPF coordination is a key benefit to BIM. The MEPF coordination process for a project will use the 3D models from the design team, along with the MEPF subcontractors’ 3D shop drawings to create one composite coordination model.
Applying MEPF Coordination in the Deer District
JP Cullen used this process on the Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center located in the Deer District in downtown Milwaukee. MEPF coordination was an indispensable tool on the Sports Science Center project.
It kept high clearances in the parking garage by rerouting mechanical ductwork, located where the precast coring needed to be for plumbing drains between floors, located interferences between ductwork, metal joists, and other MEPF runs, determined the grease exhaust needed to be relocated, addressed storm drain protection over the courts, and addressed how to minimize the space required for mechanicals to run through a chase along the weight room because of lack of attachment locations.
The team found 50+ design and constructability concerns and resolved hundreds of clashes between trades, resulting in a more streamlined installation sequence and reduction in waste.
Creating Cost and Schedule Saving Solutions
It was particularly important for the double precast T system on the first floor. The plumbing designer noticed most plumbing penetrations for the sinks, toilets, and showers were directly over a precast T, which could not be penetrated. The team merged the fabricators precast model into the coordination model. From there, we overlaid the model with the architectural plans and modified walls and fixtures, so they were no longer running over the T’s.
This was caught very early in the construction process before any of the precast was even installed. If this was found during traditional construction, most of the walls would have already been installed and would have had to been torn down and relocated, which would have easily added a month to the schedule along with high costs.
It is not enough just to have the technology but be able to apply solutions to issues. This tool can lead to cost and schedule savings on your next project.
Interested in learning more about how MEPF coordination can create savings for you? Contact JP Cullen’s BIM Manager, Cameron Weinbrenner today!