Nestled in the center of 32 other operating rooms on the third floor of the Dunn Building Operating Room (OR) Hall, this OR is being called the "spine operating room of the future." DPR was awarded preconstruction services based on existing relationships, previous work completed on campus, and recent successes on renovations for other healthcare institutions in the Texas Medical Center. The scope included:

  • upgrade of the existing HVAC
  • rough in of new electrical
  • modification and addition of steel for new Trumpf lighting and medical gas booms
  • installation of Trumpf cameras and video monitors
  • Steris autoclaves
  • new communications cabling
  • installation of data infrastructure to support EPIC upgrade

In addition, a special request was made by the top spine surgeon to install a stainless steel modular wall panel system. The system had never been used in the Texas Medical Center, but allowed for a cleaner and more sterile room that can be modified in many ways to allow for quicker maintenance and changes.

Challenges and Solutions
After five months of careful planning, overnight investigations, procurement and logistics coordination, DPR mobilized onsite and had only five weeks to complete the entire project which could only be worked on from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM. During preconstruction, DPR understood that the adjacent space was a hybrid OR which included lead lined walls; however, neither the architect nor Houston Methodist realized that the lead-lined sheet rock was installed on the construction side and not the hybrid OR side. In order for the demolition to be completed, DPR would first need to remove the lead-lined sheetrock and then install new lead-lined sheetrock to maintain the required protection and ensure compatibility with the new stainless steel walls panels. With the help of the architect, owner, physicist and DPR's self-perform drywall team, the team was able to keep the project on track due to the rapid identification of the issue and timely collaboration.  

During the first week, DPR worked closely with the panel manufacturer to ensure layout and alignment of panels were correct since they were already pre-fabricated and on route from Germany. Another challenge the team overcame was the installation of the new steel support for the booms. DPR and the design team couldn’t be sure that the new Trumpf mounting plate would align with the existing steel mounting plate that was in place. To avoid complications at the time of install, DPR worked closely with Trumpf and the structural engineer to provide a new detail so that the Trumpf plate could align with the existing steel support as intended.

After all overhead mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire rough in and steel was complete, DPR was able to complete the install of the modular stainless steel panels and Trumpf equipment with only two weeks left to complete the entire project. The remaining scope, which included the install of EPIC, MEP commissioning, commissioning of the Steris autoclave, Trumpf equipment, fire alarm and smoke evacuation coordination, was successfully completed on time, schedule and within budget. DPR received a signed zero defect letter from the senior project manager, and the manager of design and construction for the hospital gave the team the highest customer satisfaction survey score.

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