Expert Planning Overcomes Weather Delays

Project Name

Polk Medical Center Critical Care Facility

Project Location

Cedartown, Georgia

Project Team

Owner: Polk Medical Center

General Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie

Architect: Earl Swensson Associates, Inc.

Engineer: Phoenix Design Group

Contractor: McKenney’s, Inc.



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McKenney’s installed a full-service HVAC system at Polk Medical Center, a new greenfield critical care facility built in Cedartown, Georgia.


The Challenge

Cold, wet winter weather posed significant challenges for installing the facility’s roof and subsequent interior HVAC rough-ins. The roof required certain temperatures before it could be installed, which in turn delayed the installation of interior ductwork and piping. With no flexibility in the predetermined completion date, McKenney’s was forced to adjust its schedule to meet the owner’s requirements.


The Solution

The team overcame schedule fluctuations through extensive planning, collaboration and expert logistics. With the aid of Trimble GPS technologies, the team planned and sequenced all work with the general contractor and other trade subcontractors to complete the rough-in as quickly as possible. They prefabricated HVAC system materials and coordinated their delivery based on the shifting roof installation schedule.


The Results

McKenney’s completed the HVAC installation on time—despite the domino effect created by inclement weather—which helped the medical center open its doors ahead of the original schedule.


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About Kumba McCritty


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Kumba McCritty began at McKenney's in 2011 as a Marketing Specialist. Upon graduating from Fordham University, she has worked in sales, account management and marketing. Kumba enjoys being challenged professionally while also having the opportunity to grow in her position at McKenney’s. This growth has allowed her to become a Proposal Specialist, where she continues to be vital piece of the McKenney’s marketing team.

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