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Hospital »The new Woman’s buildencompasses four ings on 85 acres of land. Institutional | JE DUNN CONSTRUCTION CO. – WOMAN’S HOSPITAL JE Dunn Construction Co. – Woman’s Hospital A New Start • Construction cost: $230 million • Location: Baton Rouge, La. • Employees on site at peak: 26 • Scope: Medical center, support services office and central energy plant AFTER AN UNFORESEEN HALT, JE DUNN WORKED DILIGENTLY WITH THE PROJECT TEAM TO DEVELOP A NEW PLAN. BY JAMIE MORGAN “We were willing to put forth whatever effort required.” –Mark Sybrandt, JE Dunn south central vice president required, the team developed a more cost-efficient plan without compromising on the hospital’s mission to create a new campus that is “aesthetically pleasing, technologically advanced and focused on exceptional patient experience.” The plan includes four buildings spread across approximately 85 acres of land. JE Dunn is charged with building the following three: • A 24,000-square-foot central energy plant; • A 68,000-square-foot support services building; and • A 497,000-square-foot hospital. The key features for the new hospital are increased flexibility to accommodate new services and technologies, nicely sized adult patient rooms and single-family rooms in the neo-natal intensive care unit. The patient rooms were not designed as they traditionally have been in years past, according to Sybrandt. He says that hospital rooms typically mirror one another, with back-to-back headwalls. W oman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., outgrew its current space long ago. In 2005, the specialty healthcare provider concluded its hospital was undersized for its current needs by six percent and by more than 26 percent for its projected 2012 goals. Seeing the need for more space, as well as more flexible space, the hospital approved an aggressive construction schedule developed by its construction manager JE Dunn. However, the project’s start coincided with the overall economic downturn. In 2009, construction shut down for a year due to a drastic change in the bond market. In a more normal, historical market, everyone on the team could have shifted focus to other projects until construction on Woman’s Hospital resumed. According to Mark Sybrandt, a vice president of JE Dunn’s south central region, that was not the case. He says there was not an abundance of projects in the region, and for those that were already awarded, start dates were being postponed. “The hospital thought it would benefit the project and decided to keep a group of our original staff on board,” he says. “The team worked through many scenarios, developed organizational tools and conducted value engineering efforts, trying to reduce the overall budget and increase the overall efficiency of the project. Through the extensive process, we actually were able to streamline the project by $35 million, helping the overall project budget fit the original project proforma.” JE Dunn, in conjunction with local contracting partners Womack Construction and Arkel Construction, worked with Woman’s Hospital, and the architect HKS Inc. to reconfigure the hospital’s layout, by reorganizing the Hospital’s floor plans and the five-story medical building. By reducing the amount of in-fill space 114 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2011
Table of Contents
Social Media
Exploring BIM
Best Practices
Urban Construction
Building Growth
Bermúdez, Longo, Díaz-Massó (BLDM), S.E.
Wadman Corp.
Universal Builders Supply Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. LLC
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Dana B. Kenyon Co. – Florida State College at Jacksonville
Kaback Enterprises
Hyder Construction
On Site Management Inc.
Retail Developers in Ontario
Morguard Investments Ltd. – Bramalea City Centre and Expansion
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Bayfield Realty Advisors Inc.
Rudolph and Sletten
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
MW Builders – Fort Leonard Wood AIT Barracks, Phase 1
Thor Construction
Weir Welding Co.
JE Dunn Construction Co. – Woman’s Hospital
Manhattan Kraft Construction Co. – Sarasota Police Department Headquarters
P.J. Hoerr Inc. – Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Poettker Construction – Watterson Towers Renovations
Merit Kitchens
BBL Builders – Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
Reliable Builders Inc.
Joe Hall Roofing
ECM International Inc.
Branch Highways Inc.
GCC America Inc.
HOK: NOAA Pacific Regional Center
Last Look

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