The Tysons Corner Medical Center is a seven-floor medical facility which consists of six operating rooms, three minor procedure rooms, 15 imaging suites, 30 treatment rooms, a sterile processing area, a critical decision unit (CDU), offices, conference rooms, administrative space, and a health education/member services area. Services include cardiology, nephrology, medical specialties/infusion, hematology, oncology, spine care, physical therapy, orthopedics, podiatry, OBGYN, primary care, head/neck surgery, pediatrics, minor procedures, ophthalmology, optometry, full-service laboratory with blood draw area, sales pharmacy, and oncology pharmacy.

To ensure the safety and quality of the facility throughout its operational life, additional scope was added to replace the roof and existing windows, repair the existing façade, and replace the below-grade waterproofing. Despite the added scope and some extensive water damage discovered during construction, the original completion date still needed to be met. With a combination of teamwork, collaboration, and innovative techniques, the entire team—DPR, Kaiser, Stantec, and subcontractors—helped ensure that Kaiser’s first patient was received into a completely finished and operating medical center by the promised date of August 13, 2012.

BIM Features

BIM was used extensively on this project to eliminate surprises, coordinate trades and ensure the facility was constructed to the satisfaction of the end users. DPR used laser scan surveys throughout the building to determine real-time conditions and incorporated into the overall model developed by the team. The team also took typical MEP coordination to the next level with the inclusion of non-CSA trades, such as casework and miscellaneous metals, which helped the team discover several potentially costly and time consuming clashes that were reworked before the materials even arrived on site.

Virtual mock-ups were also incorporated in this project to allow the end user to see their space in three dimensions and get a feel for the layout and flow. In addition, DPR used CAVE reviews, or three-screen displays that provided Kaiser and the end user with a visual representation of their space as if it was completely done, to help with work flow. The feedback from the end users were then incorporated into the modeling and design so the team was sure the end product would work for those who would be using it.

Augmented Reality (AR) technology was used at the Tysons project to serve as both a design visualization tool and a quality control application. The BIM engineer scaled down rooms so that Kaiser’s two medical equipment coordinators could view and interact with the 3D model right there in front of them, helping to confirm that the equipment would fit and work in the space.

Lastly, DPR used heuristics, also known as “rules of thumb” or zone layouts, to mitigate potential conflicts and reduce rework.

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