ENROLL IN CONSTRUCTION WELLNESS: Healthcare facility construction takes a total approach to project accountability

Across facility types and medical disciplines, the need to perform has never been higher. Not only for licensure and insurability, but to attract and retain exemplary staff members. All are attached to achieving ratings that allow the facility to advance in the industry, or struggle to find their place in a competitive world; one where the voice of customers and former employees has never been more pronounced.

Kinetics has pioneered the idea of single-point accountability in a wide range of demanding industries. Healthcare is no exception, as the risks attached to sub-par performance have grown. The same is true when opening dates are delayed or all services are not available to patients and medical professionals. In recent years, Kinetics has applied this highly productive approach to acute care hospitals, academic medical centers, research facilities, cancer centers, heart centers, and ambulatory surgery facilities.

Attached to this growing success in healthcare facility construction is a tangible, documented response to five critical-path questions. Each of these has the potential to improve facility performance – and that of the staff inside it – beyond industry norms. At the same time, answers to these concerns pave the way for responsible resource management including timetables and budgets.

Critical-Path Question #1: What are the project’s desired outcomes? Beyond simply opening the doors to a functional facility, the goals attached to ongoing operations are paramount. These might include optimizing materials resources including water and energy, or streamlining operations and procedures to cut wait times and accelerate completion of care protocols.

Critical-Path Question #2: How can the advantages of a single-point contractor be measured? With a high bar for construction performance under optimal conditions, the need for a stabilizing force on the project is essential. The ability to account for challenges in raw material arrival, labor schedules, and even weather, are attached to trusting a lead contractor when the metrics attached to delays are formidable.

Critical-Path Question #3: Will pre-construction be given the attention it deserves? Yesterday wasn’t soon enough. Today is too late. Tomorrow is beyond retrieval. All of these statements are true if significant insight isn’t applied well before surveyor flags dot the landscape. Kinetics is among the few that apply technical design support, building modeling, cost estimating, and program management in a vigorous and integrated manner. That’s because the gaps and overlaps in pre-construction planning carry the greatest (if not, grave) consequences.

Critical-Path Question #4: Is the facility’s system performance being considered? Inside even the most impressive or functional shell are mechanical and operating systems that are often invisible to staff, support personnel, and patients. Yet their ability to perform at a high level, as well as being accessible for needed service and future upgrades, is imperative. Among them are at least six categories to be factored into early-stage planning; 1) central utilities, 2) HVAC supply and exhaust, 3) mechanical plumbing, 4) compressed air and vacuum, 5) medical gas distribution, and 6) waste collection and treatment.

Critical-Path Question #5: Can the contractor integrate the bigger vision and the practical realities? Though these two extremes seem to be in conflict, they’re more in a state of dynamic tension when under the management of a competent contractor. Some of what makes it work is having a diverse set of skilled people with extensive healthcare facility experience. Another component is a project management system that’s been built around answering the four previous Critical-Path Questions. Once demonstrated through client testimonials, meeting project requirements consistently over time is critical.

In few other industries does the final result of a construction project have such important consequences. Kinetics, a validated single-point resource, has answered the call for healthcare construction accountability from start to finish, and one that means positive, case-by-case results in the years ahead. Click HERE to learn more before even one more day passes by.