Facility Management (FM) and preventive maintenance are powerful ways to mitigate risk for your business.

During a routine inspection at the downtown Toledo Huntington Bank Building, a GEM Energy team member noticed the deteriorating condition of the building’s 100 year-old water main. This single water main supplies the 10-story building. A break would have left the entire facility without water causing flooding in the basement which could damage electrical equipment housed there. An unexpected break also would potentially impact other businesses on the block.

A cross-discipline team from GEM Energy, GEM, Inc. and sister company Rudolph/Libbe was formed to take on this complex project. Safety was the number one priority with conditions below grade unknown and numerous other underground utilities located in the same space.

The crew shut down the street, removed pavement and excavated to expose pipe. Utility markings, ground penetrating radar and hydro-excavation were used to prevent contact with other utility lines. This preparation work then allowed a shut-down of the water main and replacement of the four-foot section of pipe that entered the building. The water line was tied back into all new piping, and the meter setting inside the basement was rebuilt. With the companies’ self-performing capabilities, all work was done under the direction of one primary project manager who was the single point of contact for the customer.

The detailed planning done prior to the start, including work with the city’s water department, allowed total construction to be completed in four days. The water shut-off was timed for the weekend and turned back on when employees arrived at work that Monday morning. Huntington Bank was up and running with no down time or disruption to daily operations

Thanks to all who planned so well and worked hard to make this project go so smoothly! It’s a pleasure to work with such a talented group of professionals on both big and  small jobs.”

~ Janice Siotkowski, Facilities Manager II, The Huntington National Bank