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HOUSTON - Texas-based, technology-driven build-ing construction firm, Linbeck Group LLC, was chosen for the interior finish-out of MD Anderson’s Alkek inpatient floors 20 through 22 for their reputation of offering construction management at-risk, design-build, and integrated project delivery services. Using a suite of commercial and proprietary digital technologies and their unique Lean Operating System, Linbeck helps institutional and select clients mitigate risk and minimize waste to achieve optimal outcomes for their organizations.

    Finish-out of the Alkek inpatient floors 20 thru 22 at MD Anderson Cancer Center was a design-build CMAR delivery project, which required great communication between Linbeck and the design team. As a result, Linbeck worked very closely with the architect, PhiloWilke Partnership, to meet and exceed MD Anderson’s expectations at all levels.
    Interior finish-out of the top three floors of the Alkek Tower took 35 months to complete at a cost of $34,724,000.  Linbeck began the task of finishing out the 147,000sf shell space, which included 144 patient rooms and areas of support space in January 2015 and turned the completed project over to MD Anderson on Dec. 17, 2017.
    Primarily, the finish-out resulted in the construction of interior walls constructed of sheetrock walls, metal stud framing, lay-in acoustical ceilings, sheet vinyl and carpet flooring.  No external work was performed.
    Because the construction was performed in the interior and on the top three floors of the building, it had its share of challenges.  The construction crew had access to one elevator throughout the duration of the project and Linbeck could only move manpower during the day.  This meant that all trash and materials had to be moved overnight.  In addition, working in an occupied facility with critical environments within, presented additional constraints.  Noise and infection control plans had to be implemented and maintained at all times.
    Unique to the project is MD Anderson Cancer Center. MD Anderson is a state-run entity. Therefore, MD Anderson is not subject to City of Houston permitting or inspections. All inspections are conducted by in-house inspectors, which required multiple phased inspections and accurate advanced scheduling.
    Daylin Mitchell, Linbeck project manager and Superintendent Don Coplen, Jr., oversaw the completion of the project. “Our active communication, reliability, and attention to detail gave the client confidence we would be able to maintain quality and remain on schedule. These efforts resulted in a strong working relationship with the client and the promise of continued work at MD Anderson,” says Mitchell.
    Since Linbeck’s inception in 1938 by Leo Linbeck, Sr., the firm has constructed a wide array of projects throughout the greater Southeast Texas area. Linbeck’s culture has centered on integrity and trust, innovation, service and collaboration, and commitment to client results with a portfolio that consists of healthcare, education, hospitality, cultural, and large mixed-use and high-density residential real estate markets.
    Linbeck Group LLC is a general contracting firm with offices in Houston, Fort Worth and San Antonio. -cmw

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