Picking the right Mobile Elevating Work Platform for the job can have a huge impact on safety, productivity, and the cost of the entire project.

Contractors at Welty Building Company utilized Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) which included selecting low-level Hy-Brid Lifts for the construction of the Akron Children's Hospital Considine addition which led to completing the project 38 days early, saving $27 million.

Hy-Brid Lifts jobsite photo

What is Integrated Project Delivery?

Integrated Project Delivery or IPD is a revolutionary, strategic approach that makes all partners - owners, contractors, and trade partners - stakeholders in the project.  Affected by the project outcome, each stakeholder earns a profit from the wins and shares in the cost of failures.  When implemented, the IPD process tends to drive down costs and foster teamwork and cooperation while speeding up each phase of the project.

For the Akron Children's Hospital, the process incorporated an initial planning session, including the architect, engineers, contractors, and trade partners.  The session pooled everyone's ideas and expertise to design the project and develop a plan for successful completion.

Initial project estimates totaled more than $100 million, but one of the benefits of the IPD approach is its ability to generate substantial cost savings in large-scale, multi-million dollar projects. The team reworked the plan, implemented new techniques, and brought the project within budget at a cost of $84 million.

"It's a win together teamwork mentality.  In IPD, everyone from the architect to the trade partners recognizes that working for one common goal will result in a successful project, and more importantly, a happy customer."

-Tom Conti 
Senior Superintendent, Welty Construction Company

Why Hy-Brid Lifts?

Because of the nature of the IPD process, jobsite planners decided to utilize only one equipment vendor.  All Erection and Crane Rental Corp. provided all of the equipment for the jobsite consisting of 87 pieces of equipment, including 50 Hy-Brid Lifts.  Tom Conti, Senior Superintendent, knew he needed compact, lightweight lifts, that were versatile enough to complete almost all the at-height jobs the project required.

Hy-Brid Lifts seamlessly transitioned across the trades and applications on the hospital project from HVAC, electrical, and plumbing work to drywall and painting projects.  And with platform heights between 10 ft. and 14 ft. and actual working heights of approximately 16-20 ft., the lifts were ideally sized for nearly any aspect of the project.

“Tom came to me asking specifically for Hy-Brid compact scissor lifts. The lifts offered the capacity for two workers but were still compact, lightweight, and easy to operate.  Since all the different trades would share the lift, Tom and I knew Hy-Brid offered the ultimate versatility.”

-Zac Kasparek
Sales Representative, All Aerials

"With their ability to fit into tight spaces, such as through doorways and elevators, we experienced none of the damage typically seen with larger lifts.  The lifts offered greater efficiency and were used from start to finish thanks to their maneuverability.”

-Tom Conti
Senior Superintendent, Welty Construction Company

The compact design of the Hy-Brid Lifts was an integral piece of the takt approach and last-planner system that the team adopted for the hospital project, which allows for simultaneous work in multiple areas of the project.  With a lightweight, narrow, and maneuverable design, multiple units were able to work in the same zone at the same time, maximizing productivity while also minimizing any safety concerns or damage.

The projects overall success was the result of proper planning, choosing the right tools for the job, and teamwork.