ICRA Construction Barriers Used at VCU Medical Center

Fast Installation and ICRA Compliance

The VCU Medical Center is located on Virginia Commonwealth University’s medical campus.  W.E. Bowman, a Richmond VA-based commercial construction company, has completed multi-phase renovation projects at VCU Medical Center.

Virginia Commonwealth University Renovations

“STARC provides building containment to comply with ICRA standards and allows us to mobilize and demobilize the containment quickly.”

Chip Bowman, Executive Director of Development & Finance, W.E. Bowman

The Challenge

The most critical challenge: Working in an occupied hospital where patient and staff satisfaction is of utmost concern. W.E. Bowman crews needed to find a temporary wall solution which would contain all dust in the construction area, eliminate noise and meet ICRA Class IV standards for infection control in hospital settings.

Crews were also tasked with a fast-track project. They needed to quickly assemble the temporary walls, complete the patient room renovations, and move onto the next series of rooms.

Our Solution

“Cleanliness and ICRA standards are the focal point of why we are using the STARC walls. Infection control is our primary concern,” said Chip Bowman, Executive Director of Development & Finance for W.E. Bowman Construction.  “They don’t want our dust in a patient room or active common area. We are running negative pressure to keep the dust inside and STARC makes that possible.”

“Where we find it effective is ease of assembly and disassembly. Our crews are trying to quickly mobilize or de-mobilize from a construction site.  That’s driven by the work we do in medical facilities; it often happens in phases.  STARC provides building containment to comply with ICRA standards and allows us to mobilize and demobilize the containment quickly.”

Chip estimated it took his crews one hour to install the STARC System.

Results

W.E. Bowman has invested in more STARC System panels. The company is using STARC’s ICRA construction barriers on other healthcare facility projects as well as high-end commercial renovation projects.

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