The construction of a single healthcare facility located on two sites requires a high degree of collaboration of document control, communications, workflow management, and other essential design and construction processes.

To meet that challenge, Graham Design Builders, www.graham.ca, Calgary, Alta., has adopted the cloud collaboration platform designed by Aconex Limited, www.aconex.com, Vancouver, Alta., for the construction of the NIHP (North Island Hospitals Project).

The project features two new hospitals on northern Vancouver Island and is a PPP (public-private partnership) for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, known as Island Health.

The NIHP involves the construction of a 153-bed hospital in the Comox Valley and a 95-bed hospital in Campbell River. The goal is one hospital with two sites, requiring a high degree of coordination between the two facilities.

Beyond providing a clinical environment for acute patient care, the Vancouver Island Health Authority intends to maximize efficiency for hospital staff by integrating systems both within and between the facilities.

“The construction of two hospitals designed to act as one carries many unique challenges,” says James Keeler, director of shared services for major commercial projects, Graham Design Builders. “The NIHP requires close collaboration across a large, multi-company project team with high visibility for both public and private stakeholders. Close coordination and tracking of all document versions, communication threads, and workflow steps between many different organizations is critical in PPP projects, where risk is high and compliance requirements are strict.”

Graham used the Aconex platform on a project of similar scale and scope: the construction of the Kelowna General and Vernon Jubilee Hospitals in British Columbia.

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