MATREX EXHIBITS, INC.
Matrex, which designs, builds and manages exhibits and tradeshows, has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years. The company hired Krusinski Construction Company to build a 53,000-square-foot addition to its office/warehouse in Addison, as well as to renovate its existing offices.
The major challenge was to provide Matrex staff with a safe, non-disruptive work environment in the midst of major construction. The initial plan (to build the new space first, move everyone over and then tackle the renovation) would have added two and a half months to the schedule. In order to keep the project on time and on budget, new construction and renovation would have to be done simultaneously.
Meeting this challenge required careful planning and communication. The project was divided into three defined zones, and staff was moved from one zone to another as the work progressed. Plans called for an entirely new HVAC system, including new duct work. Before the old system could be removed, temporary ducts had to be installed to provide heating, cooling and air circulation. Similarly, temporary electrical wiring and cabling were also required. One of the key aspects of the project was frequent construction and safety meetings to which Matrex staff members often participated. The meetings determined the least disruptive schedule, defined hazard areas and assigned temporary entrance and exit routes. All decisions were clearly communicated to the rest of the employees so they knew what to expect on a day-to-day basis.
The entire project was completed in six months, during which time no employee missed a single day of work or suffered an injury due to construction.