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Benchmark Construction -
* Location: Lancaster, Pa.
"When we encountered challenges,
we were able to work on it as a
cohesive team a er an a group
of individual entities looking out
for eir own interests."
- Chris Flynn, hea hcare market executive
support the schedule. Design was complete in June 2016 and Benchmark worked
collaboratively with Cannon Design and
Lancaster General Health through the process to help ensure that the Owner's vision
for the project was realized. Communication
was key to developing the completed design
documents alongside the initial construction progress. Collaboration was made easier by the proximity between Benchmark
and Lancaster General. During the project,
Benchmark is working out of the third floor
of a building across the street from the
hospital. Lancaster General, which owns the
building, has its offices on the second floor.
Flynn says the closeness helps expedite
decision-making and allows Benchmark to
be more responsive to Lancaster's questions
Trust was critical in the design of the
project, but also in how construction
proceeded. The hospital continues to
operate while the addition is underway.
As a result, Benchmark needs to consider
the affects the project has on patients and
staff. Lancaster General is fully committed
to patient safety and it is apparent in the
project approach. Before vertical construction could even begin, Benchmark had to
perform a series of sub projects to reinforce
the structure. Because of that construction,
equipment in a highly utilized CAT scan
room was disabled for two months while
Benchmark opened the walls, installed a
cross brace, fire proofed the area, put in
lead-lined shielding and then restored the
area so the machine could return to service.
Similar work was also done in the ultrasound department.
The invasiveness of the retrofit required
utilities such as emergency power and gas
to be shutdown intermittently while crews
rerouted ducts and cabling. This has become
a common occurrence, but each individual
shutdown is handled with care and coordinated with Lancaster General's plant engineering staff. Benchmark also coordinates
these shutdowns with the nursing directors
and departments as they were affected.
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