The Loma Linda University Medical Center – Campus Transformation Project is a new 900,000 square foot healthcare facility located in Loma Linda, CA. Schuff steel fabricated and erected over 24,000 tons of structural steel, including two patient towers above a large podium, with a basement level grid of 5,000 tons of steel plate girders supported on 126 seismic base isolators with viscous dampers.
During the early stages of the project, Schuff steel was enlisted to provide preconstruction services that included ongoing and continuous cost, design and constructability analysis throughout the design development.
With a demanding schedule and budget challenges, our team employed innovative value engineering techniques to reduce the costs and time associated with materials and manpower.
High strength A913 Grade 65 wide flange shapes and A1066 Grade 65 plate materials were specified to meet the high seismic load demand. These non-domestic materials included the largest wide flange sections sizes produced in the world, W14x873 and W36x925. Schuff Steel’s purchasing team seamlessly managed the procurement and importation process to ensure these long lead time materials were available to support the production schedule. Schuff Steel’s production and quality teams developed, tested and qualified special welding procedures and personnel necessary for fabricating and erecting these high strength materials.
Further, box columns for one of the pedestrian connector bridges required internal plate stiffeners welded on all four sides. To overcome the lack of access required with normal welding processes, Schuff Steel utilized the Electroslag welding process to achieve the design intent.
With a heavy complex steel frame and demanding schedule, Schuff Steel worked closely with the engineer of record for over a year during the project design phase to offer value engineering recommendations early on.