The expansion and renovation project nearly tripled the size of the existing emergency department. As part of the 12,000-sq.-ft. expansion, the hospital added a new main entrance, a waiting area, and 16 new treatment bays. Included in the renovation were the patient registration area and direct elevator access to the second-floor surgery rooms from the emergency department. Outside the hospital, improvements were made to the central plant along with the parking lot to accommodate the increased volume of visitors.
VDC was employed in many project facets to improve efficiency and provide a host of other benefits. Some uses included:
- Quantity Take-off
- Model Based Estimating
- Self Perform Work Detailing
- MEP Coordination
- Constructability Analysis
The biggest challenge was maintaining access to the facility during construction, as all the main entrances were closed during construction. To assure uninterrupted access by visitors, DPR constructed temporary entrances to the hospital and the ambulance/emergency entrance prior to the start of construction.