Innovative “Pod” Sequencing Improves Quality with Lower Cost

While working on VIDA Senior Living, Instead of building-out floor by floor, Pinkard broke each floor into three areas, or pods (A, B, and C), and sequenced them on a pod-by-pod basis. The first trade (load-bearing-wall crew) would begin work in Pod A, then move to Pod B, then C. The other trades would follow in sequence. This process continued from floor to floor until the entire building was complete. This approach provided several significant quality and schedule advantages.


As the first pod was underway, the entire O/A/C team conducted thorough quality and functionality inspections on every inch of the pod, correcting work and quality processes as we went.


This allowed each pod to have its own supervisor and specialized quality control checklist. And because each crew worked alone in the pod, we eliminated multiple trades “stepping on” other trades’ work. This allowed for quicker construction and minimized/eliminated “trade damage” for a more efficient punch process.


Marvin Vanlingen, division manager with Midwest Drywall: “Pinkard’s pod approach made it easier to manage, even with 60, 70, 80 people on the job. We assigned a qualified foreman for each pod, which allowed us to maintain production and communicate QC fixes easier and quicker.”


Ultimately, this exceptional efficiency allowed Midwest Drywall to provide a level four drywall finish, which is common in Class A office buildings, but rare in affordable housing.


Alan Scheer, construction administration, Parikh Stevens Architects: “Level four smooth drywall finish is high-end and difficult to achieve. Oftentimes we prefer to do a textured surface that is easier, and imperfections are less noticeable. I was pleasantly surprised it turned out so well.”


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