Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Prefab Elements Cut Costs, Time from New Hospital Project

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Prefab Elements Cut Costs, Time from New Hospital Project

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Incorporating prefabricated elements into the building of SCL Health's Saint Joseph Hospital Heritage Project, Denver, cut costs by $4.3 million and six months' construction time compared with using traditionally installed components.

Utilizing prefabricated elements enabled construction firm Mortenson Co., Denver, to meet the health care system's 30-month construction deadline so that the new 831,000-square-foot, 360-bed hospital could be occupied and operational in December. Traditional construction elements would have required six more months to complete the project, company officials say.

Mortenson chose to prefabricate the exterior wall panels, bathroom pods, patient room headwalls and multisystem racks that include medical gas piping, ductwork, electrical wiring and pneumatic tubing installed above ceilings.

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Many of the components were built in Denver area warehouses and delivered to the construction site; bathroom pods were built in Boston and trucked to Denver.

The redundancy of components throughout the hospital made prefabrication an ideal solution, says Brandon Bergholz, senior project manager,

Mortenson. …

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