The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) presented a Best Practice Award to United Excel Design and team member KAI Design & Build for exceptional pre-project planning and risk assessment in relation to the $93.7 million, 170,550-square-foot renovation of the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers recognized five projects during its annual Awards Dinner Gala on Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Palladium in St. Louis, Missouri. United Excel Design received the “Best Practices Award in Planning for Startup.”
The Best Practice awards recognize successful implementation of one or more of the 17 Best Practices validated by the Construction Industry Institute to improve cost, schedule and quality for construction projects.
“We are honored to have been selected for a best practice award, said Leo Zerjav, principal of United Excel Design. “Having a strong team helped us provide a world-class health care facility that will provide the best medical care possible for military personnel and their families for years to come.”
The complex project encompassed the design, construction and outftting of more than 170,550 sf of space within 26 departments across four different floors, while the hospital remained fully functional throughout the construction process. This extensive renovation modernized the building, increased space efficiencies, developed functional space adjacencies between clinics, consolidated patient services, improved wayfnding and more, enabling the accommodation of new technologies, evolving medical practices, staffing increases and mission changes.
LEAN process mapping was used to inform the layout of spaces and evaluate different design options. United Excel served as the prime contractor on the project, and Mill Creek was responsible for the medical equipment and furniture planning, procurement and installation.
The project was delivered under the design-build initial outftting delivery model. Considered the future of health care design, this model involves key multi-disciplinary participants throughout all phases of construction. Integrating all parties from the project’s start is reputed to help reduce risk, minimize uncertainties in design interpretation, create cost savings and lead to a shorter schedule.