Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2015

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BY ANDREW QUIRK The combination of the Af ordable Care Act's passage, an aging demographic and changes in technology are all fueling a healthcare building boom across the U.S. As facility owners race to align with these shifts from volume-based to value-based care models, the number of expansion and renovation projects on existing cam- puses is outnumbering new, stand-alone facilities. This means more construc- tion work is being performed on active medical campuses which, if not planned and executed properly, can be disrup- tive to staf operations or patient care. The following four key tactics help minimize risks when working in active healthcare facilities: 1 Use technology from the outset The use of virtual design and con- struction enables construction teams to better plan for healthcare projects by creating 3-D models that give the team the information needed to solve issues within the model, before construction begins. It is also a tool that allows hospital staf members to see how construction will impact their departments within a clear timeframe. For example, at the Good Samaritan Hospital expansion project in Puyallup, Washington, Building Information Modeling was a major factor in completing the 350,000-square-foot expansion. Notably, BIM was used for 3-D coordination, 4-D scheduling, as well as 5-D pricing. The team used 5-D modeling at the beginning of the project, which facilitated the early procurement of long-lead structural steel elements, saving time and money. 3-D coordination helped the project team meet signifi cant design, engineering and construction challenges including the requirements associated with a 2,000-year seismic design, a steeply sloped site and achiev- ing LEED Silver certifi cation. Using BIM for coordination, scheduling and pricing enabled the team to deliver the project within budget in less than 27 months. Strategies for minimizing renovation disruptions at healthcare facilities TOP 4 44 Medical Construction & Design | J U LY/AUGUST 2015 | MCDM AG.COM

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