Reduce Waste, Maximize Efficiency & Increase Value Through Project Team Integration
Strategies that promote early contractor involvement, qualification-based selection, cost transparency, and full-team collaboration (client, design team, contractor, sub-consultants, and targeted end-users) are proven to produce greater outcomes than those with lower levels of group cohesion. Thus, a full-team integration involving conscientious planning, continual design and process improvement, and leveraging the right tools ensures collective expertise results in value realized.
Involving critical participants in the earliest project planning phase, before advancing beyond schematic design, allows the team to collectively harness the talents and insights of individual members and avoid typical project pitfalls.
Making Data-Derived Decisions
From simple napkin sketches with cost-per-square-foot pricing to detailed budgets based on full plans and specs, an experienced contractor who is engaged early can serve as a critical resource for determining how much to invest and where to invest for maximum impact.
Constructability, building methods, materials, codes/regulations, and local practices can be fully investigated and challenges fleshed out. Clients are thus provided with detailed scopes and bid estimates to make the best data-derived decisions for their project.
Digging into the Details
Maintaining the ability and flexibility to align goals and resources requires knowing the right questions to ask.
Is your facility intended to serve as business-occupancy space, housing offices and exam rooms, or will it be more medically-intensive space (i.e., house extensive imaging services)? If it’s the latter, higher air change requirements, increased floor-to-floor heights, and more robust fire protection should be expected. Thicker columns, added shielding, and increased mechanical and electrical loads must also be considered.
Experience with renovation and adaptive reuse projects have shown us that long-term flexibility should be worked into the planning scenario. Costly impacts can be negated in the future if, for instance, a modular structural column layout can provide for simple, less costly changes when department structure and/or workflow requires alteration.
With proper planning between construction, design, and owner team members, such issues can be fleshed out early, lessening the odds of long-term repercussions.
Saving Time Without Risking Quality or Consistency
From medical head walls in hospital spaces to modular wiring systems for outpatient facilities, pre-manufactured solutions assembled offsite in a controlled area help drive speed, quality, and consistency. The uniform installation also reduces the risk of rework and improves implementation of future updates and maintenance.
The exact placement of pre-manufactured building components can be determined in advance with watchmaker precision and the highest level of robotic accuracy through model-based digital layout technology like QuickMark Layout.
Technical Integration Without Compromise
A fast-track schedule with technical scopes managed under one source (i.e., the contractor) considers all systems throughout each subcontractor’s scope of work. Early coordination identifies potential conflicts in design, manages for dimensional clearances, and ensures optimal installation times. With this consolidated effort, simultaneous work between the core-and-shell construction and buildout can help the tenant occupy the facility more quickly.
Enhancing Collaboration with the Right Platforms
Preconstruction visualization, model coordination between disciplines, and enhanced planning through applications such as Revit, Navisworks, and Edgewise create coordinated, efficient workflows that eliminate costly in-field rework and provide for an accelerated construction process. Further integration with facilities management platforms delivers to clients the ability to efficiently and proactively manage building systems.
Likewise, cloud-based collaboration and project control platforms (BIM 360 Glue, Revizto, Procore, etc.) provide unified access to project data, streamlining approvals, design, and construction operations.
With ample communication and an integrated delivery process, efficiency and value are maximized through all phases of design, fabrication, construction, commissioning, closeout, and facility operations.
Modeling for End-User Experiences
When building information models (BIMs) are paired with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology, data visualization and accelerated decision making are powerfully enhanced.
For example, 3D planning capabilities with VR afford physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals the opportunity to virtually “walk” their spaces to better understand layouts, room finishes, workflows, on-stage and off-stage spaces, and overall usability of equipment placement.
Not surprisingly, immediate experiences and on-demand reconfigurations in the virtual world also come at a significantly lower cost than physical mock-ups.