Transforming and seismically upgrading an unremarkable, Group B occupancy office building built in 1985 into a modern, Group I occupancy hospital proved to be challenging. That challenge was amplified by the need to perform required structural upgrades without heavy equipment since all existing elevated slabs were made with three-inch-thick concrete without rebar to support heavy loads. Scissor lifts or any other heavy equipment could have overloaded the existing building.
The project was located in an extremely busy local labor market approximately 60 miles south of Seattle in suburban Olympia, and that, too, created challenges regarding labor procurement and cost containment.
DPR introduced a number of creative solutions to the project group, such as using fiber reinforced polymer in lieu of adding steel or concrete beams to strengthen the existing slabs.
In order to ensure DPR met the cost goals and secured the most competitive bids possible during a busy and new subcontractor market, the team expanded subcontractor outreach beyond the immediate region. Extra care was taken to ensure trade partners fully understood the scope and were aligned with budget requirements to avoid any surprises down the road.
DPR carefully cultivated a strong relationship with the remote client and owner’s representative, and maintained team focus to meet every schedule milestone and cost goal from day one.