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August 2012

On the Fast Track at Yale New Haven Ambulatory Health Center
F+F Mechanical to Meet Demanding Schedule on North Haven Renovation

North Haven, CT - Construction on the new Yale New Haven Hospital Ambulatory Health Center broke ground in early August with the goal of completing renovations on the four story, 120,000 sf space in time to allow the new facility to open in January of 2013. F+F Mechanical and Arona Corporation are currently on-site working and closely coordinating with other project team members to meet the aggressive schedule which requires turning over floors 3 and 4 in one month's time. The remaining two floors are scheduled for substantial completion by Thanksgiving.

The new Ambulatory Health Center, located on Devine Street in North Haven, will provide comprehensive medical services to residents of the community seven days a week. Area residents will have easy access to everything from injury care to management of chronic conditions on either a scheduled or walk-in basis at the new facility. In addition to providing injury and urgent care, the new center will include a Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center that will provide outpatient medical and hematological care for cancer patients and an Inflammatory Disease Center that will provide care to patients with inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other related disorders. Patients will also be able to obtain MRI and digital X-Ray imaging along with blood draw and laboratory services.

The aggressive schedule and unique site requirements make construction of the new facility challenging. F+F is responsible for both the removal of existing mechanical systems and installation of new more energy efficient systems to include plumbing, HVAC piping & equipment, ductwork, and medical gas all on a tight schedule. In order to accommodate new underground plumbing the team must cut out the existing concrete floor of the structure and dig trenches to install new pipe underground to feed the facility before the floor is rebuilt. Since access to the site is limited, all piping and equipment must be brought in to the building through open windows. Installation of two new large rooftop air handling units requires removal of the existing units from the roof on a very tight schedule. In addition, the new building has special requirements in order to allow an MRI machine to operate properly. Due to the highly magnetic quality of the MRI machine all mechanical systems within 30 foot vicinity must be non-ferrous (non-magnetic) to avoid being pulled off the ceilings and walls during the machines operation once the building is occupied. F+F and the rest of the project team are currently on track to meet the aggressive deadline. Congratulations to all project team members for working so hard to bring this important facility to area residents.

About Our Project Team Partners:
O&G Industries is the Construction Manager for the project; the Architect & Engineer is Cannon Design.
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