Brasfield & Gorrie Deploys Innovative Approach to Project Delivery at Orlando Regional Medical Center
November 26, 2013
Brasfield & Gorrie recently celebrated topping out of expansion project
Orlando, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2013) – Brasfield & Gorrie today announced that use of an innovative approach to project delivery has contributed to the continued progress of construction at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Fla. The project team recently celebrated the topping out of the patient bed tower, which utilizes integrated project delivery (IPD), a collaborative delivery system involving engagement of all parties throughout the life of a project, from its outset to completion. The tower is part of an estimated $297 million project.
“This approach invited everyone to the table early on to map out the construction strategy, thereby increasing transparency and enabling us to provide Orlando Health with realistic cost projections at the start of the project,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Operations Manager Ren Tilden.
Most commonly used in healthcare construction projects, IPD has been shown to improve construction efficiency, risk management and predictability of cost and schedule. In keeping with IPD’s focus on collaboration and to facilitate strong communication, all subcontractors for the Orlando Regional Medical Center expansion project are working alongside the project team in a warehouse located near the jobsite.
“The best outcome of this process is that it is enabling us to deliver a building that satisfies the expectations of our client while deepening trust and support between contractors and subcontractors,” said Tilden.
The Orlando Regional Medical Center bed tower expansion is the third project in which Brasfield & Gorrie has used this leading-edge method of project delivery. The company also utilized IPD in construction of the Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas, and the Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.While IPD is not appropriate for every project, Brasfield & Gorrie is capitalizing on lessons learned from this relatively new approach, and it has begun incorporating elements of IPD into other projects.
The expansion and renovation of the existing Orlando Regional Medical Center involves construction of a 10-story patient bed tower and a four-story expansion on the south and east sides of the existing hospital. The new approximately 353,000 sq ft tower includes 190 + beds and shell floors for future growth. The new patient tower will feature dedicated cardiac floors and a new trauma intensive care unit. A grand atrium lobby will connect the new patient tower with the existing structure to provide a welcoming entrance for patients and visitors.
Brasfield & Gorrie is the project’s construction manager and HKS is the architect of record.
The topping out ceremony signifies the end of the project’s structural construction phase. Groundbreaking took place in April 2012, and construction is expected to complete in late 2014.
About Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, commercial, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, infrastructure, and water/wastewater treatment. We serve clients from offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Brasfield & Gorrie has approximately 2,900 employees, and its 2012 revenues were $2 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 31 among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2013.