Healthcare: Renovating in Time of Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold hardship on many sectors of the economy but none had both the onus of protecting and aiding the communities they serve and turning away “customers” as did the healthcare industry. Hospitals are the frontline for fighting the coronavirus and COVID-19 and the staff, doctors and nurses, management and all the personnel that keep them running are exposed to the virus while fighting for their patients. Elective procedures have been postponed so vulnerable patients wouldn’t have unnecessary exposure to the virus; this in turn has lowered the income at many hospitals at the same time that costs for combatting the COVID-19 pandemic rise.

Hospital of the Future

Hospital construction projects have been growing in recent years, as many new, large-scale hospitals have been built. FMI suggests growth will continue in healthcare construction, as it is up 6%, or $42 billion, in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 2017.

Owner Analytics

As a healthcare facility owner with more than 70 years of building ownership, we have been handed all kinds of “stuff” at the end of a project. In the past, this stuff used to include tons of paper (for example one of our hospital projects from 2004 had more than 2,000 drawings for its construction set).

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Kaiser Permanente

www.kp.org Oakland, Calif. Team Award It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a team to effectively and efficiently deliver a construction project. Such is the case for Kaiser Perma [...]

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Cleveland Clinic, www.clevelandclinic.org, Cleveland, Ohio, is a nonprofit multi-specialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based on the principles of cooperation, compassion, and innovation.