- Sep 25, 2018
Compromise is not an option when it comes to the care you give your patients, so it shouldn’t be part of planning and building your healthcare facilities. Building an enhanced medical and care-giving environment requires critical planning to ensure quality and speed to market that meets the agreed schedule for first patient treatment. The 11 steps below detail the delivery tools, approaches and technology available for achieving a successful ground-up hospital construction project.
- Cost Advisor
Gilbane’s unique interactive tool uses our database of completed healthcare projects for conceptual cost modeling that quickly and accurately analyzes project budgets for a proposed program before costs have been allocated.
- Extensive preconstruction efforts
Preconstruction allows a team to evaluate master plans, identify and mitigate risks, increase hospital efficiencies, identify alternate phasing and achieve value engineering
- Efficient constructability and document review process
An Interdisciplinary Document Coordination process reduces unnecessary requests for information, change orders and project delays, improves project team relationships and enhances the quality process through collaboration.
- Integrated project delivery/Lean approaches
These include early establishment of performance metrics, interactive planning sessions, development of early target costs and focused collocation that brings together relevant trades and consultants for a concentrated period.
- Design Assist
Involving trades during design is a collaborative option to identify current trends, material availability, best practices and current lowest costs, to eliminate redesign and rework later in the project.
- Collaborative Approach
Collaboration with the design team, facilities staff and medical staff that will occupy the building ensures the space meets functional requirements and results in the highest level of patient care.
- Increased efficiency through state-of-the-art technology
Leverages Virtual Design and Construction during design provides a lifelike rendering for administration and clinical staff to review and provide feedback on before construction begins, including MEP elements and furniture and equipment positioning.
- Focus on Quality
The use of a Robotic Total Station to layout work in the field, based on 3D model specifications, intricately calculates excavation, formwork and MEP installation with total accuracy, saving time and resources and eradicating errors.
- Deliberate plans for working on occupied campuses
A phasing and logistics plan that mitigates hospital disruption and maintains patient and staff safety must consider existing and hidden conditions, while allowing for the continuation of loading dock activities and critical hospital infrastructure services.
- Experience with complex MEP coordination
Active campuses projects require a comprehensive focus on investigation work, shut-downs and cut-overs to maintain operations hospital systems. Offsite prefabrication can minimize disturbance, maximize schedule reduction and support infection control requirements.
- Transition Planning and Management
The creation and implementation of a logical transition plan limits downtime and impact to a hospital’s operations, project schedule and budget.