Our involvement with the Owensboro Regional Medical Center was a unique experience. It is a testimony to the success of a project where we were involved at an early stage.
The construction manager (Turner Construction) initially asked us to help with budgeting the millwork/casework scope of work. As the pre-construction stage of the project progressed, the construction manager and architect were favorably impressed with our input on the projects. As a result, we were chosen to be a part of the design construction team. Documents were preliminary at the time, approximately 50% complete.
Initially, we sent a team to HGA’s office in Milwaukee for a kickoff meeting and to meet other members of the “design-assist” team. An intense full day meeting ensued involving all key subcontractors as well as key designers from HGA as well as senior project management and scheduling personnel from Turner.
Weekly conference call meetings were subsequently held between the architect, the construction manager, and all key subcontractors. During the next three months, there was much back and forth between all participants. The goal was to provide the owner with the greatest value while honoring the architect’s design intent. The ultimate goal was to eliminate any waste by simplifying installation processes and maximizing material and project yield. In the final analysis, construction dollars were spent in ways that allowed the owner to accomplish their primary goal of having the physical design of their new hospital contribute to patient healing.
Several examples of this are:
- Increased the amount of time for patient care by nursing staff. This was done by locating the storage of meds and supplies at each patient room as opposed to storing them at a central work room.
- A nurse station was located outside of each patient room, thereby enabling better patient care.
- Larger patient rooms were designed, which allowed for in-room daybeds where family members could spend the night.
In retrospect, the “design-assist” experience on ORMC provided a win-win scenario for all concerned. Cost savings that resulted from SWA’s ideas to maximize material yield freed up dollars for patient healing design while honoring the design intent of the architect. Also, because casework and millwork interfaced with so many other trades, SWA’s early-on involvement with Turner Construction helped keep the project schedule on time and within budget.
Steve Ward & Associates is honored to have been a part of the construction team at Owensboro Regional Medical Center.