Eighty years in business: We’re proud of that number, but it’s more important that those years include so many long-standing client relationships. We serve some of the same customers today that we did eighty years ago. Their needs continually change; our services evolve to meet their goals and concerns.
We wrap up this issue of Experience with a case in point: The University of Michigan. We’ve worked together for 25 years, including such major projects as a new hospital and nationally acclaimed life sciences institute. Logistics planning for busy sites is characteristic of projects at U-M, though strategies differ greatly from one engagement to the next.
Our most recent venture is the University’s Cardiovascular Center. Designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, this 350,000 sf, state-of-the-art facility will be a leader in patient-centered care as one of the nation’s first compre-hensive cardiovascular treatment centers.
The project includes three ambulatory care clinic modules, non-invasive diagnostic and testing suites, five cardiac catheterization labs, five electro-physiology labs, eight operating rooms specializing in cardiac, vascular and interventional radiology procedures, 20 intensive care beds and office space for clinical faculty and support staff. To prepare for future needs of the center, the plan also includes shelled spaces for two operating rooms, two cardiac catheterization/electrophysiology labs, four intensive care beds and a 24-bed acute care unit.
How do we shoehorn a cutting edge facility into an existing campus? Limited site access, an urban setting, and a project site surrounded by other hospital and university buildings were just part of the logistics issues that required careful planning to overcome.
The Cardiovascular Center has only one entrance in and out of the project site. This entrance is used for construction traffic for two concurrent projects; it also provides access to adjacent buildings for fire fighting equipment and loading dock deliveries. In the course of several months, Barton Malow’s preconstruction team worked closely with University staff, City of Ann Arbor officials, other contractors and the management team to develop a detailed phasing and logistics plan. Every critical phase of the work was spelled out, with road closures, tunnel construction and bypasses to maintain University traffic and provide the project with construction access.
For clients to select us again and again is a vote of confidence. We are proud to have earned the trust of the University of Michigan and honored to count them among our valued repeat clients.