When choosing a framing material for your project, it’s essential to choose something durable. Steel frame building materials have the highest weight-to-strength ratio on the market. Therefore, pound for pound, steel I-beams and other framing elements weigh less than their counterparts in different materials but are more durable and can hold heavier loads.
A steel-framed structure was selected for the new ProMedica Hospital located in Adrian, Michigan. Ideal Contracting self-performed the structural and miscellaneous steel for the new three-story hospital, consisting of over 1,000 tons of structural steel.
ProMedica Hospital was the first project Ideal utilized SidePlate connections, which eliminated the need for permanent vertical bracing. As a result, productivity was increased, and erection safety was improved. To guarantee the new process was successful, careful rigging practices were performed to protect the beams from rolling when erected. The SidePlate connections helped expedite the plumbing activities and detailing time by minimizing the number of welded connections.
Underground piping was installed prior to Ideal being on-site, which created multiple logistical constraints. To avoid conflict with the piping, Ideal carefully planned out crane paths and strategically placed crane mats over underground pipes. These adjustments allowed for both Ideal and other subcontractors to continue to work simultaneously.
Ideal Contracting performed and completed all work with zero safety incidents, ensuring everyone went home safely. This project received a 0 CAR audit from AISC, indicating no improvements were identified after the completion of the audit.
Ideal Contracting displays a strong commitment to safety, having approximately 15 OSHA 500 trained employees and an EMR of 0.44.