The standard design-build construction method, where a contractor and designer work in tandem, differs from the traditional design-bid-build construction method in which the owner/developer maintains separate contracts for both the designer and contractor. Generally speaking, the contractor leads the design-build method, and then hires an architect to design the facility.
Healthcare facility development remains one of the most complex endeavors in the construction industry. Design is dictated by many factors including, but certainly not limited to, physician-hospital relations, financing, capacity, care for the uninsured, patient safety, technological advances, patient satisfaction and perpetually changing government regulations. The number of parties involved (owner/developer, architect, program manager, general contractor, subcontractors, compliance firms), construction timelines, patient/staff experiences, budget concerns and facility longevity present daunting challenges for project owners. We cover four steps owners/developers should take before and during the construction process to mitigate challenges.
As a general contractor or project manager you have much to think about at the start of a project. You must choose the right subcontractors and develop a schedule that allows you to coordinate the activity of multiple trades and complete your building on time and within or below budget. Still, unforeseen events can drastically impact your plans, your schedule and your budget. Read our guide on comparing moisture mitigation solutions to see which is right for your project.
The Tech Industry Doesn’t Sleep, Nor Does its Facility Development
Data centers, server farms, telecomm facilities, and laboratories, among other tech facilities, commonly fit within the definition of mission critical. The interruption or delay of operations within these hubs would result in disaster for business and severely compromise revenue streams. Both post-construction risk mitigation and speed to revenue are of vital importance to the owners and developers of these projects because of the timely significance of their functionality.
The American healthcare industry is one of the greatest beneficiaries of “speed-to-market” construction due to society’s absolute need for affordable and quality healthcare. The infrastructure for the healthcare industry must keep pace with increasingly growing urban centers, advancing technologies, and the offering of a more diverse array of healthcare services. Upgraded construction efficiency helps quickly provide needed services and bring a facility to market much sooner.
Speed-to-market construction plans cannot be executed well without a great construction project manager at the helm. No matter how well conceived the design and the schedule, the project manager will be the kingpin that ensures project standards are met and finished on time. Project managers must juggle a combination of flexibility, accountability, and clarity of communication to hit timelines and meet developer expectations.