AlleghenyFacility Executive Magazine – an industry publication focused on highlighting advances in design, construction and operations – has published an in-depth piece on Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Wexford Health & Wellness Pavilion. The article focuses extensively on how CannonDesign’s Design-Led Construction team helped AHN deliver their innovative health facility within a compress schedule of 22 months, achieve a guaranteed maximum price and limit risk of litigation. This design-led process, “ensures the owner receives a well-designed project, on time and on budget with minimized risk. Its basis is collaboration – where design, construction and budget decisions are made by a team of architects, engineers, estimators, construction managers and trade subcontractors.

Read the piece online, here: Opportunity for Innovation – Allegheny Health Network, Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion

Key excerpts from the Facility Executive piece, include:

On the facility’s value to the community

The (AHN) facility serves as a one-stop shop that streamlines the continuity of care to support healthy lifestyle. The care center houses a full spectrum of outpatient services – ambulatory surgery, medical and radiation oncology, radiology, physical and occupational therapy, a women’s center and family and specialty physician practices – and delivers a level of quality and sophistication not usually found in outpatient settings. Equipped with community oriented amenities, including a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and wellness education spaces, the Wexford facility is a destination for those who are seeking preventative care or treatment.

On the project’s fast track and design-led approach

The project was fast-tracked by beginning construction as the drawings progressed. This concurrent design and construction process was enhanced with the use of BIM. Using Revit modeling software, the project team was able to demonstrate the value of adopting an integrated design-led construction delivery method in lieu of traditional low bid procurement.

“We convinced AHN that we could do 100 percent of design development documents – which are essentially 50% construction documents – and use the technology to allow the sub-trades to bid the job and then plan the details. We built a guaranteed maximum price that included a contingency. Once we released the documents and brought the trade contractors on board, we adjusted the GMP but kept the contingency, said Ron Dellaria, CannonDesign principal and senior advisor to the firm’s design-led construction division.

Ultimately, leveraging the design-led construction delivery model allowed AHN to bring a transformative health facility to market efficiently and effectively. This model helped AHN achieve an architecturally significant facility with world-class care on an accelerated construction timeline with limited risk and guaranteed cost. The success of AHN’s efforts with its Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion demonstrate a new construction delivery model for other organizations to follow in healthcare and other market sectors moving forward.

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