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KOH Mechanical Saves Up to 40 Percent with Anvil’s Gruvlok Products

KOH Mechanical estimates it saves up to 40 percent in labor by using Anvil’s Gruvlok fittings, which allows the contractor to stay on time and on budget for projects such as its recent remodel of a Utah hospital outpatient facility.

For KOH Mechanical Contractors, Inc., the labor savings realized with Anvil® International’s Gruvlok© Products made them the clear choice for keeping a hospital remodel on schedule and on budget. “Depending on the environment, the labor savings are anywhere from 30 to 40 percent,” according to Larry Hanson, vice president of KOH Mechanical, based in Riverton, UT. “If we would have been required to provide a welded system, we would have had to work the employees overtime in order to finish the project on time.”

Intermountain Riverton Hospital is a 350,000-square-foot medical campus made up of four connected buildings. KOH secured the plan-and-spec job of remodeling the 80,000-square-foot outpatient facility with a new mechanical system, chiller plant, and air handling penthouse.

KOH Mechanical has been in business since 1985 and has extensive experience with plan-and-spec, new and retrofit, and design-assist jobs as well as design-build projects to achieve Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. They specialize in commercial and industrial projects, including office buildings, institutions, multifamily dwellings, central utility plants, and medical facilities. KOH has built and maintained several other hospitals in the Salt Lake City area over the years.

Working closely with Anvil and other partners kept the focus on meeting the project’s nine-month deadline. KOH’s local suppliers front-loaded the job, delivering about 80 percent of the rough-in materials at the start. This approach kept costs down, because KOH did not have to wait for products or deal with price fluctuations. The remaining products were sent over in small orders as needed. Gruvlok products used include 2″ to 8″ couplings, fittings, and butterfly valves.

Faster installation is not the only way Gruvlok products kept costs down, nor was front-loading the jobsite. KOH Mechanical credits Anvil with helping make this project a success “by products being readily available, costs of products being very competitive, and labor savings that reduce our biggest risk,” said Hanson.

Hanson also noted, “With the sales rep’s getting the Gruvlok products preapproved with the engineering firms, it speeds up the submittal review process.”

KOH Mechanical plans to use Anvil products for future projects.

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