University of Texas Medical Branch

University of Texas Medical Branch- Ike Recovery Project
Galveston, Texas

On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike, a category 2 hurricane, made landfall in Galveston, Texas.  Although sustaining little wind damage, most every building on campus suffered severe flood damage.  The State of Texas, the Federal Government and University of Texas Systems undertook repair of the campus – The Ike Recovery Project.

The project included the repair of over 80 buildings and will lapse a period of five years.  Running in tandem with this project and under separate budget is the Jeannie Sealy Replacement hospital – a 300 bed full service hospital located on campus—and a Victory Hospital located on the mainland.

This construction project was significant in both dollars and risk.  This project was insured under the UTS ROCIP program.  The insurers together with the federal government developed a number of criteria related to worker access.  These workforce screening criteria included drug testing, background screening and a requirement to monitor worker presence and report access violations in real-time.  Due to the number of workers assigned to this project – over 4,000 – the number of buildings requiring access monitoring – over 80 – and the fact that the campus and hospitals continued to operate, the workforce screening and access monitoring became critical given the workforce interface with the vulnerable population of students and patients.

Project Highlights

  • Workforce of over 4,000 workers
  • Project area including over 80 buildings
  • FCB onsite facility for workforce screening and badging
  • Issuance of RFID enabled ID badges
  • Over 40 workforce monitoring locations
  • Real-time reporting of workforce presence
  • Real-time notification of access violations (email and text)
  • Unique badging of workforce by CMAR with access restricted by CMAR
  • RFID readers relocated as construction progressed from building to building

Project Partners

  • University of Texas System – Facilities Planning and Construction
  • Tellepsen Builders
  • Vaughn Construction
  • Linbeck Construction
  • Manhattan Construction
  • Baker concrete construction, Inc.
  • Rago Enterprises, LLC
  • AAR Incorporated
  • Drake Interiors
  • Siren Steel, Inc.
  • Chamberlin Houston, Ltd.
  • AYG Construction, Ltd.
  • HJ Foundation Co.