Zurn Plumbing Solutions Deliver
Significant Labor/Cost Savings for Upstate New York Project.
Long-Term Care Facility Shortens Construction Timeline, Saves
Millions in Financing.
Zurn products because I was looking to save time on a necessarily
- Chad Krajewski, Plumbing Foreman, MLP Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc.
PA – Zurn Industries, LLC provided five products that served as critical time-
and money-savings solutions when the Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC)
in upstate New York was required to significantly reduce its construction
timetable for a new long-term care facility. The project timeline was reduced
from 24 months to 15 months because of an urgent need for more space.
The accelerated project schedule allowed the ECMCC to open its new 390-bed
Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility earlier this year. An industry
e-newsletter, Smart Solutions–published by the Mechanical Contractors
Association of America (MCAA)–says the shortened construction timeline allowed
ECMCC to save millions of dollars in financing the $103-million project.
According to the MCAA newsletter, MLP Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc. credits
products manufactured by Zurn in enabling MLP to “eliminate contractor hours by
providing customized, engineered solutions to fit jobsite dimensions and install
“I chose Zurn products because I was looking to save time on a necessarily
fast-paced job,” says Chad Krajewski, Plumbing Foreman for MLP. Krajewski worked
with two MLP colleagues: Mike Balon, Foreman, and Bill Quefflec Project Manager.
Zurn Industries supplied five labor-saving products for the ECMCC project:
- The Lavatory EZ Carriers (1231-EZ) are concealed arm lavatory carriers
pre-assembled at the factory. On site, the scale on the adjusting bar allows the
installer to quickly set centerline dimensions.
- The Neo-Loc Test Cap (-TC) gaskets for drain outlets allowed
staff to set the drains, then prepare and pressure test the line without
additional test balls. The gaskets also acted as a seal for drain outlets,
protecting the system from infiltration of loose debris or waste. Once testing
was finished, the gaskets were easily removed.
- The –BZ Leveling Adjustment enabled the contractor to adjust
leveling and height of drains and cleanouts after the pour was complete,
eliminating the need to break up a floor to fix a drainage problem. MLP Plumbing
estimates this saved them anywhere from ten minutes to an hour per drain or
- The Z1035-Q stabilizer held floor drains in place while concrete
was poured and allowed the height of drains to perfectly match the floor
thickness. This solution removed the need to “box out” to prevent the drain from
moving. Kjajewski says the pre-assembled stabilizers were “one of the most
effective labor saving products used at this project.”
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- The –DP deck
plate option enabled each roof drain to be installed by
one worker instead of the traditional two required. The Zurn
deck plate allows a roof drain to be secured to a corrugated
roof deck with an easy-to-install plate. It also reduced the
need for a scissor lift machine, saving the contractors in
rental costs. MLP Plumbing says the plate saved them about
15 to 20 minutes per drain and effectively doubled the
workforce by allowing one worker to do the job of two.
Mallia, of LPCiminelli, the Buffalo-based construction
management company for this project, served as Project
“Absolutely, Zurn brought innovations to the project that
allowed us to meet the aggressive schedule,” Mallia says.
“Zurn offers high quality American-made products which
collectively saved many man-hours.”
“Many construction projects are now ‘hurry-up,’ and clients
want them to be completed in record time while still
significantly cutting labor costs,” Krajewski says. “Zurn
solutions are a great option for contractors.”
The new facility, 275,000 square feet spread over five
levels, is grouped into small 12-bed households, each with
its own living room, fireplace, kitchen and dining areas.
Each floor has a large outdoor terrace and an indoor terrace
About Zurn Industries
Zurn Industries, LLC is a recognized leader in commercial,
municipal, and industrial markets. Zurn manufactures the
largest breadth of engineered water solutions in the
industry, including a wide spectrum of sustainable plumbing
products. Zurn delivers total building solutions for new
construction and retrofit applications that enhance any
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