This AHCA-inspected (Agency for Healthcare Administration) project consisted of a 1,700-sq.-ft. conversion of an existing ultrasound room and support spaces into an interventional radiology procedure suite. It included a control room, pre- and post-operation recovery area, staff changing area with lockers, and a nurse work station. The Interventional Radiology suite uses General Electric (GE) equipment, specifically the Innova IGS 450.
Interventional Radiology, a sub-specialty of radiology until recently, is now an independent medical specialty. The concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes. It uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system.
During the course of demolition, the team discovered that a structural column was located in the center of the new procedure room door opening. After looking at possibly shifting the door opening or changing the layout of the procedure room, it was determined that the best path forward was to relocate the structural column altogether. The team had to pour a new 60-inch by 60-inch by 18-inch concrete column with the new structural column located on top. This additional scope of work occurred while only adding 10 days to the original contract schedule, but while staying within the preselected GE equipment delivery date and 100% on AHCA inspection schedule.
Additionally, the team discovered that the existing utilities above the procedure room ceiling did not allow for flush installation of the HVAC laminar diffusers. By coordinating with the GE equipment, the team installed the laminar diffusers below the finished ceiling and above the GE equipment rails. This allowed the procedure room and equipment to be used as designed, without lowering the ceiling.
This was a Zero Defects project.