Involved Owner Helps Smooth Out Design Details

Mercy West Hospital in Green Township, Ohio, is complete and open for patients.  An innovative, full-service hospital, Mercy West was a very involved client from the beginning of design to the last of construction.

The speed-to-market approach used by construction company, Turner Construction, was a significant advantage and was an approach that was driven by the clients’ ability to reduce capital expenses based on a shorter construction schedule.

Originally designed to be stick built, Turner was tasked with reducing the project schedule by three months to achieve the desired opening date for the client.  In order to do this, Turner looked to prefabricator PIVOTek, and the mechanical piping contractor, to develop schedule savings ideas that helped bring the project in three and a half months ahead of schedule.

According to Tim Allison, project executive with Turner Construction, “Schedule drives everything.  There is some additional coordination up front when incorporating modular construction into a project, but the resulting process helped shorten the overall project schedule.”

Prior to production, PIVOTek produced a full-size mock-up of the bathroom PODs for the client and the design and construction team to review.  The hospital asked medical staff for feedback based on their experiences.  After much discussion, some design details were adjusted before the PODs went into production to make a safer and more efficient space.  The additional time the client set aside for this review provided valuable design information.

With 18 different configurations, they manufactured and installed 241 prefabricated bathroom PODs.

“Without the prefab racks and bathroom PODs, we could have easily added 3-4 months to the schedule,” explained Rick Zehring of Turner Construction.  “The increased speed-to-market was a financial savings for the hospital,” he noted.