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The finished product speaks for itself.   The crew’s attention to detail and solutions to unique job problems throughout the project are why JM2 is distancing itself from its competition.  Hats off to everyone that helped make this job a success!

Kiewit Building Group was selected to be the Construction Manager for the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.  The new 610,000sf facility is located next to the University of Nebraska Medical Center on 45th and Dewey Ave in Omaha.  It is designed to be used for advanced research and treatment of all forms of cancer.  The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center consists of 2 wings.  The first is an 8 story 108-bed inpatient treatment center named the C.L. Werner Cancer Hospital, and the second is a 10 story 98-laboratory research center named the Suzanne ad Walter Scott Cancer Research Tower.

JM2 was awarded the interior masonry contract that consisted of 36,500 CMU, 2,800 pieces of 2” thick cut interior limestone, and 206 yards of grout.  The bulk of the CMU was installed in the basement vivarium, while the cut limestone was installed in the main lobby and up the towers on the 3 elevator faces.

The Vivarium work, located in the basement of the project, consisted of about 90 rooms that averaged 10’x12’ in size and required all material to be lowered down an air shaft to reach the lower level.  JM2’s crews coordinated with Kiewit and other trades to lower approximately 450 pallets of block, 175 pallets of grout, and 75 pallets of mortar to the basement through the shaft.  They constructed the walls in a sequence that allowed scaffold and forklift access, storage, and the install of all the overhead work from other trades.

There was approximately 11,000sf of 2” thick interior limestone that was installed in the main lobby and on the 10 floors of elevator faces.  With an interior install, expensive material, and long lead times, JM2 3D modeled every piece to create more precise shop drawings, limit onsite cutting and allow better coordination with adjacent materials.  The limestone was installed in different situations that we wouldn’t see on a typical exterior install and required some creative ideas to complete.  Our crew took the challenges in stride and completed the job to meet Kiewit's tight schedule.

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

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