Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Integrated Procedural Platform
Wauwatosa, Wis.
Best Project

Owner: Froedtert Health
Construction Manager: Mortenson
Lead Design Firm/Structural Engineer: CannonDesign
Owner’s Representative: MC Group
Drywall Subcontractor: Olympic Cos.
Electrical Subcontractor: Staff Electric
Flooring Subcontractors: Lippert Flooring; Sergenian’s Floor Coverings
Health Care Equipment Supports: Medical Support Systems
Mechanical/Plumbing Subcontractor: JM Brennan

One of only a handful of such facilities in the country, the Integrated Procedural Platform combines surgical and interventional care areas on a single, centrally located floor. This unique configuration better accommodates advanced surgical technologies, enhances patient safety, streamlines workflow and fosters quality and efficiency. The $127-million platform contains more than 30 operating rooms, four catheterization rooms, eight interventional radiology suites, state-of-the-art imaging technology and more than 40 post-anesthesia care units.

Constructed over 32 months within a full-time operational hospital, and frequently adjacent to occupied spaces, the project team had to carefully execute an intricate building program without disrupting the minute-to-minute activities of hospital staff or compromising the safety and health of patients and visitors.

Appropriately for an effort designed to consolidate the hospital’s diagnostic, surgical and post-op facilities, the project team integrated all trade partners into a one model platform to increase efficiency, eliminate redundancy and facilitate real-time status updates. Among the many notable construction elements was coordinating installation of 64 structural steel beams that would be placed beneath the platform in occupied spaces of the second floor.

The months-long planning effort included the development of detailed work sequences, logistics strategies for relocating equipment and material and extensive communication with hospital staff. Beam installations were completed in 13 different areas of the operational second floor and required temporary relocation of six departments, some more than once.

Constant communication was essential to keeping work on track and minimizing disruptions to hospital operations. Biweekly craft discussions provided opportunities for team members to share insights on the project’s progress, with ideas and specific concerns documented as action items that were shared with appropriate trades. The team worked together to streamline construction with multi-trade prefabrication of components such as medical support structures, medical gas piping systems, doors and hardware and steel equipment cabinets. Pre-cutting studs off site also eliminated noise disruptions from metal-cutting circular saws. More than 1,400 area-specific shutdowns were completed with no negative effects on staff or patients.

Despite a tight schedule and innumerable complexities, the project team devoted time to make the Integrated Procedural Platform a multi-year learning lab for students from Milwaukee Bradley Tech High School. The students had the opportunity to learn about construction-related careers and the project execution process through jobsite visits, presentations from industry mentors and opportunities to perform hands-on work under the supervision of trade professionals.

Completed on time and under budget, the innovative facility provides patients with more complex health care in a more convenient setting. Procedural suites are larger and contain the latest technology, such as a neuro-interventional radiology system that uses four high-resolution cameras capable of creating different 3D angles to best treat a patient. The ventilation system circulates air 20 times per hour.

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