Team Continuity, Planning Helps Bring Hospital Life
"It was one of those things that really could have been a major setback," Rutledge says. "That led to a full-scale remediation and then a certification of that remediation. But we've managed to stay right on course. We're contractually obligated to April 25, 2014, and we're right on track to hit that date."
The pace has also resulted in the team starting construction while design was ongoing.
"We've had seven drawing revisions on this project and multiple supplemental instructions past that," Rutledge says. That hasn't resulted in any setbacks, thanks to transparency with all subs on the project.
A phased schedule is also being utilized. "If you walked out into the facility right now, three months from turning over, you'd walk into spaces like the ICU on the second floor and they're being construction cleaned. But if you walk into the lobby right now, you'll see us laying tile," Rutledge explains. "Starting with the central energy plant, which you've got to have with power, water and gas to run the facility, you start there and you work your way; on this job it was in a counterclockwise direction all the way back to the CEP. Everywhere from structure to skin through interior build-out, we worked on a floor-by-floor basis in a counterclockwise direction and established a good construction flow."
The Resolute Health team is seeking LEED-Gold certification on the project. Certain construction elements have proved challenging, given the ample amount of open space and natural light in the building.
"There's a lot of curtain wall and a lot of punch-through openings," Rutledge says. The hospital will feature a total of 35,561 sq ft of exterior curtain wall.
"To build an energy efficient, LEED-certified building while maintaining that hospitality theme and just the overall vision of a wellness destination, that's a serious tribute as well to the owner's vision and the architect's design capabilities, our engineers and then, of course, we've got some great subs who have been able to see that vision through to construction," he adds.
Peak manpower reached 508 workers, with 28,100 contractor man-hours, zero incidents, plus 99 subcontractors on site. As a result, ceiling coordination was critical. The contractor utilized virtual design construction and BIM technology to coordinate overhead systems, Rutledge explains, which worked extremely well.
Once complete, Resolute Health will be 24% more energy efficient than required by ASHRAE codes, the baselines for a standard hospital. This will result in annual potential savings of $448,239. On top of that, the new facility will save about 2,789,290 gallons of water annually, resulting in cost savings of $14,822.