Managing a Sea of Change

capture McKenney’s completed a massive mechanical systems installation project at a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Covington, Georgia.

The Challenge

There was no room for missteps with 278 mechanical systems to install and strict engineering and FDA quality regulations to meet. Facing an extremely fast-paced schedule, McKenney’s had to manage coordination and construction activities along with more than 300 formal design changes and a complicated change management process

The Solution

To manage design and field changes, McKenney’s assembled a change management team and developed a change management process while tasking our on-site resources and BIM team with identifying design inconsistencies. To keep construction on schedule, we established a formal progress-tracking tool and manpower loading plans — and regularly held short interval “look ahead” meetings. We also developed a robust quality assurance quality control method and team for system turnover through a four-level walkdown process.

The Results

The team met very high quality standards and hit the originally scheduled startup date.


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About Rick Dustin


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Rick Dustin, PE, LEED AP BD+C is the Vice President of Engineering Solutions at McKenney's and is responsible for leading and directing the engineering operations at our company. He has spent more than 25 years designing mechanical and plumbing systems for a variety of commercial buildings with a focus on sustainability and optimizing solutions for our clients.

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