In the October issue of Colorado Real Estate Journal’s Health Care & Senior Housing Quarterly (pg 4), Stacey discusses how the global and national supply chain disruptions are affecting the construction of new healthcare projects, and what workaround strategies she has found successful so far. Here are a few excerpts:
On the importance of furniture to behavioral health design: “Typically, furniture is not viewed as a key driver of a construction schedule — it’s something moved in at the end and can usually overlap the project’s activation phase. However, on behavioral health project, the furniture must often be part of the built environment, particularly in patient bedrooms. Furniture items such as beds, nightstands, and chairs are typically bolted down, rubber base cut to accommodate pieces, items caulked and installed by the contractor earlier in construction than normal. The type of furniture and the installation of it is crucial to patient and staff safety in these environments, and a facility cannot open without all of it in place and tested.”
On ordering elevators to meet schedule: “On a recent project, it became apparent that getting the new elevator would pose an unforeseen issue with its 24 week lead time. Because it is a design-build project, we had the ability for the contractor to order the elevator before the construction documents or shop drawings were completed, not to mention AHJ approvals or permits. This is definitely not the typical approach, but it was the only way the team could possibly to meet the schedule and the owner’s expectation. The design-build team took on this additional risk and made these adjustments in the design phase, doing everything we could to keep the project on schedule.”
On modular design as a speed to market strategy: “Modular design, where certain repeatable elements of a project (exam rooms, bathrooms, etc.) are designed and built offsite in a warehouse, can help accelerate a project’s timeline. This approach is also a solution to lack of construction labor throughout the country. Ideally decided on from the very start of a project, prefabrication can be of great value to both schedule and budget.”
Read the full article here on page four.