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April 14 2016
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As Cerner’s new campus takes shape, we’re proud to highlight the many subcontractors that are contributing to the project.

Sixteen thousand copper pots! That’s the estimated number of copper pots that would equate to the nearly 25,000 pounds of copper pipe installed by LMG Construction for the new campus plumbing system.

 You may not see the impressive plumbing system as you notice Cerner’s new campus emerging among the skyline in south Kansas City, but that doesn’t make it any less important than other building components. Plumbing systems are the hidden piping that go unseen in every office building, restaurant, day care, home and so many other locations used on a daily basis. These systems provide everything that involves running water, from the safe drinking water in the break rooms to the water the café barista will use to make your morning coffee.

LMG Construction, which specializes in commercial plumbing and federal government contracting, is one of the plumbing contractors for phase 1 and 2 at Cerner’s new campus. Owner Lisa Garney started LMG in 2007, and the company has been recognized as one of Kansas City’s top woman-owned businesses consistently the past four years.

“Seeing the Cerner campus buildings coming off paper and out of the ground, and then come to life before your eyes is an amazing phenomenon. It’s a remarkable opportunity for any business, in particular small businesses, to be able to contribute to these large scale projects changing the city skyline and bringing jobs and innovation to our great city,” said Garney.

In all, LMG will install over eight miles of pipe to service the first two phases of construction. This is roughly the distance from Union Station to Kauffman Stadium, or half the distance from the new campus to Cerner’s world headquarters in North Kansas City.

A properly installed plumbing system does more than provide running water. The true function is to protect the health of the associates, clients and guests using it. This has been achieved within the campus plumbing system by installing a system made up of lines of pipe connected by fittings and hanger systems that run up the walls of the buildings in areas called chases. 

Under the basement lies the sanitary sewer piping system that connects the building to the city’s waste water treatment system. Not only does the system consist of materials built to last 100 years, but it uses copper in the domestic water portion, which can kill bacteria and other microbes on contact.

Before the plumbing piping for this system could be procured, furnished and installed on site, it was drawn utilizing Computer Automated Design (CAD) in a 3-D modeling system called Building Information Modeling (BIM) to bring together all the information about each component of the buildings in one place and integrate different aspects of the design more effectively. Because of this teamwork and technology, the risk of any clashes or discrepancies was reduced throughout the project and costs were minimized.

The new plumbing system for the first two buildings will deliver over 160,000 gallons of water on a typical work day. This equates to a water distribution system that serves over 5,000 people, the same number of associates brought on board during the Cerner’s acquisition of Siemens Health Services.

LMG will install approximately 12,000 pounds of porcelain in the new buildings. These porcelain properties; cool, hard, tough and resilient, are similar to the business characteristics needed to support a project this size.

“These are the same properties necessary for an entrepreneur to grow a small business achieving success working with Cerner on the largest construction project in Missouri state history,” Garney added. “LMG is inspired by Cerner and its entrepreneurial roots and is proud to be a part of its tremendous evolution, vision and growth that provides innovation, employment and economic enrichment for our city.”

LMG Construction By The Numbers

  • Plumbing system designed using 3-D computer automated design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • 25,000 pounds of copper pipe, the equivalent of 16,000 copper pots
  • 8 miles of plumbing pipe procured and installed, the equivalent of seven laps around Churchill Downs Racetrack, where the Kentucky Derby is hosted.
  • 12,000 pounds of porcelain installed
  • The plumbing system can deliver over 160,000 gallons of water to buildings 1 and 2 in a typical work day, enough to service all of Barber County, Kansas.
  • When complete, the full water system for the entire campus will distribute nearly 500,000 gallons of water, that’s enough water for a sold-out Sporting KC crowd (21,650).