The first phase of the West Houston Medical Center project was the build out of 14 Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) rooms and 12 cardiovascular patient rooms. Prefabrication was pivotal and shaved approximately 2-3 months off the construction schedule for the project. DPR installed prefabricated restrooms, patient room headboards, patient room sinks and countertops by opening the building envelop to allow a craft to lift the prefabricated units into the construction area.
The second phase of the project included the build out of a hybrid cardiovascular operating room, a new physician lounge and post-operative beds. Both phases of the project were conducted while surrounded by active surgical and PACU suites.
DPR worked closely with HCA to maximize efficiency strategies associated with both modular construction and prefabrication. The ultimate solution was to work with BLOX, a medical module prefabrication company, to provide modular patient bathrooms, prefabricated headwalls, footwalls and nurse charting stations. These initiatives resulted in a six week reduction in the overall project schedule.