Press Release: 09.11.2014

Co-Location in Action

IPD strategy is succeeding for Yuma Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department expansion.

Yuma Regional Medical Center
Yuma, Arizona

A well-managed project team is productive, effective and adds significant value to a successful project. If not managed well, the process of integrating cost, schedule and performance across teams can derail progress and detract from project outcomes.

Working under an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method, the McCarthy team leading the $90.5 million Yuma Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC) Emergency Department expansion project has harnessed the talents and insights of all stakeholders by employing a co-location strategy that began very early in the design process and is proving to have a positive impact.

This approach uses the benefits of face-to-face interactions to build team relationships, improve communications, and increase productivity. Working in an office with architect Archsol in Scottsdale, Ariz., the McCarthy team, led by Preconstruction Director Brock Huttenmeyer, came on board during schematic design. There have been numerous advantages to co-location this early in the design phase, including focusing more attention on design quality, reducing errors, and improving outcomes as value added to the project.  

“We’ve ferreted out several design challenges while saving the owner potentially millions of dollars,” Huttenmeyer said. “For example, a portion of the hospital design had three expensive rooftop air handler units in the drawings. These units are a daunting problem to maintain and take up space. Working with the architects and engineers, we were able to eliminate one of those units while still providing the capacity the hospital needed.”

The Emergency Department expansion project is fulfilling a huge community need, so it’s critical the project team works diligently on behalf of YRMC, a 406-bed, not-for-profit hospital dedicated to providing outstanding medical care to the residents of Yuma and the surrounding communities in southwestern Arizona. YRMC's new 147,000-square-foot emergency department will increase bed capacity from 37 to 72 and will accommodate more than 100,000 visits a year, compared to 70,000 presently. YRMC is the third-busiest emergency department in the state of Arizona.

“To build an emergency department of this caliber takes more than just bricks and mortar,” said Phillip C. Richemont, M.D. and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. “Ultimately, it is about the services provided and quality care offered to our patients — the kind of care they deserve."

“Working in tandem with the architectural team and mechanical and electrical subcontractors in an accelerated timeframe has enabled open dialogue and problem solving, and cost-saving solutions have been brought to the table early on,” Huttenmeyer continued. “Hospital construction projects have a lot of moving parts, and traditional project delivery methods often result in a fair amount of redesign. By employing IPD and co-location strategies, the team is able to move forward unimpeded.”

The construction of the YRMC Emergency Department requires 16 phases and several make-ready projects, including the demolition of multiple existing buildings, various interior remodel projects, and a new “ring road” expansion for total campus access.

With IPD and a co-located team in place, the YRMC ED Expansion team has been able to:

  • Establish mutual respect and trust among participants, 
  • Encourage collaborative innovation, 
  • Engage in intensified early planning, 
  • Open communication lines within the project team, and
  • Employ lean principles of design, construction and operations. 

The project is slated for completion in July 2016.

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