When DPR took on several construction projects at the continuing care retirement community Casa de las Campanas, the team knew that good communication and carefully coordinated work would be paramount to successfully running a job where more than 600 active seniors live. “All work needed to be well-planned to minimize any impact on daily operations,” said Chris Hadley of DPR.
Spanning 15 months, the projects featured installation of a new 32-ton chiller in the central plant; the complete mechanical system remodel of a 40,000-sq.-ft., 99-bed skilled-nursing facility; and construction of a new 32,000-sq.-ft. special care assisted-living facility consisting of 18 apartments.
Frequent communication and extra measures taken by the team and owner helped to nurture a well-informed resident base and keep the seniors up-to-date regarding the changes going on around them. DPR held weekly meetings with 20-25 resident representatives who served as a conduit for questions to and from the community. In addition, holes punched in the project's barricades (both at walking and wheelchair height) and streamed real-time footage made available through the community's website web-cam allowed project viewing both personally and remotely.