July 21, 2015
Healthcare buildings are considered some of the most complex to design and build. Stakeholders of hospitals are faced with strict regulation and the need to provide emergency care and 24-hour operation. Ambulatory care centers and clinics must balance the delivery of specialty services for walk-in/walk-out attention with patient follow-up and convenience. Medical office buildings might have a lower degree of code requirements yet may be faced with higher budgetary constraints. While each building faces specific concerns, common to all these healthcare building types are issues related to infection control, energy savings, operability, flexibility, and patient and staff health and wellbeing.
Masonry is schedule friendly, in fact, as Fred Innamorato, President, Foti Contracting, says, “masonry can start tomorrow morning, compared with other materials which need long shop drawing processes and approvals, as well as fabrication time. Also, MEP inspections are schedule forced as the masonry walls progress”. This BIM video demonstrates how masonry starts early and finishes early, saving time and money while allowing for other trades to do their work.