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Kerry Global Technology and Innovation Centre

Gilbane provides integrated services on design-build project in Ireland

The new four-story addition for Kerry’s Global Technology and Innovation Centre was constructed under a design-build and encompasses open and enclosed plant areas at roof level. There are four blocks (A-D), all directly linked, internally and externally within a single building. Scope of work comprised of a mixture of offices, meeting rooms, customer areas, office and staff facility accommodation, delivery point and general service yard, research and development, and technology areas and storage facilities. The facility accommodates approximately 895 employees. The project achieved LEED Silver certification.

Lean Construction Methods Reduce Time and Support Safety Results

Lean construction methods were utilized to maximize efficiency and reduce waste during the project. For example, pipework and valves were prefabricated off-site on the riser module frame and was fully tested by the fabricator and inspected by Gilbane and the mechanical/electrical designer. The piping was then insulated, labeled and fitted with permanent lights and permanent steel grating at each floor level at an off-site facility. The module was shrink-wrapped for delivery to the site. It was delivered, erected safely and fixed to the structure, all within four hours.

Other Lean means and methods include modular construction, building information modeling, and target cost modeling.  The Gilbane team tagged, captured, prepared, and migrated the asset/maintenance information developed during the construction process to Kerry’s facility management system (Datastream). This data import captured more than 280,000 gsf of space and over 1500 maintainable assets to develop future preventive maintenance schedules.