Phasing Construction for Minimal Disruption
Find out how the team completed a 180,000-SF phased renovation and addition project at Atrium Health Cabarrus Bedtower with minimal disruption to the hospital’s day-to-day functions.
Utilizing the “Racetrack Model” Floor Plan
This $89-million-dollar project includes a five-story, 60-patient room addition to Atrium Health’s Cabarrus Bedtower along with an additional $16 million of infrastructure upgrades for the hospital campus. The 180,000-SF project was phased to provide minimum disruption to the hospital, including keeping the main connecting corridor functional throughout construction. Utilizing the double-loaded corridor “racetrack model,” the floor plan has centralized nursing stations with decentralized nursing pods at each two patient rooms.
The Atrium Health Cabarrus Campus houses a total of 457 patient beds of varying acuity.
Serving Diverse Community Needs
Designed as a high rise with the capability of future vertical expansion, the first floor of the Cabarrus Bedtower is shared by the cardiology and interventional radiology departments. Working in harmony, these two departments have two catheterization labs, one single plane interventional radiology lab, one bi-plane interventional radiology lab, one electrophysiology lab, and 22 pre/post-surgery bays. Level one is also designed to house two future interventional radiology and/or catheterization labs.
The Cabarrus Bedtower also includes eight stress echo rooms, two nuclear medicine rooms, four nuclear camera rooms, one spec CT room, one hot lab, two ultrasound rooms, and one TEE room. The space is conveniently designed with inpatient and outpatient waiting areas to serve the community no matter the services needed.
Cost-Savings to Client
The prefabrication process has many benefits to our clients, such as addressing a skilled labor shortage by shifting construction to a manufacturing process, improving quality of construction, providing a more controlled construction environment, reducing construction schedule durations, facilitating early building enclosure, improving speed to market, jobsite safety, and design coordination between trades, and potential cost-savings.
For the Atrium Health Cabarrus Bedtower project, we prefabricated patient headwalls and utilized modular nurse stations, resulting in cost savings and reduction in schedule.
Integrated Project Delivery
Co-location of key team participants in a “Big Room” environment during design and construction phases establishes team trust and sets the stage for efficient communication and decision-making. Shared knowledge and active participation in LEAN design and decision-making processes energizes the team and, when set up correctly, saves time and contributes to continuous “best value” project refinement.
We utilized 4D scheduling and phasing to plan this project’s construction with the project team. Our team mocked up and approved many items including dialysis water boxes, patient rooms, headwalls, and bathroom floors.
Numerous value-added ideas emerged during our project development leading to an improved schedule and significant added scope value achieved through creative, LEAN “Big Room” principles.