The Clear Lake Regional Medical Center project included construction of a 155,000-sq.-ft., three-floor patient tower tied to the main hospital for medical and surgical patient rooms, and 80,000-sq.-ft. renovations to the women’s services space in the existing hospital.
The project budget was based on an outdated preliminary GMP, causing the team to face budgetary restrictions prior to the issuance of the current GMP. To accommodate increases in the costs of metals and petroleum-based products, a creative solution needed to be reached to keep the project moving forward.
DPR consulted with the owner and recommended breaking the expansion and renovation into four separate projects: main tower, women’s services 1, women’s services 2, and laboratory renovation. Dividing the scope into smaller projects allowed each phase to be closed out earlier, thus reducing the overall financing cost while also allowing the TDSHS certification of the women’s services 1 and 2 portions. Opening these two areas earlier allowed the client to begin generating revenue with the new spaces nine and six months earlier than originally anticipated.