September 14, 2017

Barton Malow Named a Winner of ENR’s 2017 Best Projects

Barton Malow's DSI ACI Installations for MATS Compliance project has been recognized for its energy/industrial impact, safety record and productivity.

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency created new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) regulations in order to limit the emission of toxic air pollutants. This presented an opportunity for Barton Malow to help client DTE Energy reach its goal for a more environmentally friendly energy plant. The project, DSI ACI Installations for MATS Compliance, was a success and recently resulted in it being named to Engineering News-Record’s 2017 Best Projects (Midwest, Energy/Industrial). From planning to completion, the project boasted a number of wins. Through effective teaming between the owner, designer and constructor, the project finished on time and $5 million under budget.

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In order to achieve this feat, the team needed a wide array of methods and technologies. The group tracked productivity via SAP, identified concerns and successes and then adjusted manpower and availability based on their findings. Moreover, with regular contact with subcontractors, Barton Malow was able to identify budget progress and quantities earned/planned and adjust accordingly. To ensure project completion would be on time, weekly reporting provided schedule milestones, previews, critical path reports and more, which allowed the team to identify inconsistencies that needed resolution. In addition, through innovative approaches like maximizing the use of multidimensional modeling, the team avoided interferences and object clashes before even beginning construction. But, above all, the team focused on safety. With over 900,000 man-hours and only one recordable safety incident that resulted in no lost time, the DSI ACI project was completed with an excellent safety record.

About ENR: Focusing on engineering and construction news, analysis, commentary and more, the publication honors the best constructions projects within regions across the country each year.

About Barton Malow Company: Founded in 1924, Barton Malow Company leads North America as one of the top performing contractors in market specialties such as education, energy, healthcare, industrial, manufacturing and sports facilities. Our core purpose is to Build with the American Spirit: People, Projects and Communities.