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Delivering Care UTSW IS EXPANDING ITS CAPABILITIES WITH A STATE-OF-THE-ART HOSPITAL. BY ALAN DORICH Institutional | UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER W hen an organization like the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center earns a reputation as one of the leading academic medical centers in the country, it is not in a position where it can rest on its laurels. Instead, it has to make sure it continues providing patients with care in stateof-the-art facilities. And that is what the Dallas-located campus is doing with its latest project. Currently, general contractors Hunt Construction Group and Holder Construction Group LLC are building a new, 13-story hospital facility on the campus that will cover 1.3 million square feet and house 460 beds. UTSW Director of Construction Services Guillermo Ramos says the campus has needed the $800 million facility for a long time. “This new hospital will replace our existing St. Paul Hospital that was built in the 1950s,” he states. According to UTSW, the new facility will function together with University HospitalZale Lipshy, which opened in 1989 and has reached its full capacity. “It will also serve as an important partner to UT Southwestern’s other major teaching hospitals in the Southwestern Medical District, including Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital,” the university says. The finished structure will feature all-private patient rooms that can accommodate friends and family, an electronic health records system, robotics in the operating rooms, in-room video conferencing, 24 surgical suites and 10 interventional cardiology suites. Additionally, to meet its mission as a teaching hospital, the project features special space provisions throughout the hospital that facilitate teaching as well as the academic and clinical environments. Additionally, the new hospital will be located on a 32-acre site in the Southwestern Medical District. This will situate the facility close to downtown Dallas and only five minutes from Dallas Love Field Airport. “[This] is an outstanding project,” Ramos says. »UTSW’s new medical center will modernize and expand the organization’s services. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center • Project budget: $800 million • Location: Dallas • Project scope: 13-story hospital and thermal energy plant on more than 30 acres “[This new hospital] is an outstanding project.” –Guillermo Ramos, director of construction services At Fast Pace As the project team builds the new hospital, it is working under a fast-track schedule, Ramos says. To meet the project’s anticipated completion date of Oct. 30, 2014, UTSW is working closely with the contractors and the architect, RTKL, and is assisted in the project by ADAMS Management Services. To stay on pace, the contractors started construction of the site work and building foundation in March 2011, even though the interior design documents were still being worked on by RTKL. Such overlap of construction and design activities provides for an expedited construction schedule while still allowing UTSW time for final adjustments to the design. “RTKL will be finishing the architectural drawings this year,” Ramos says, adding that the use of building information modeling has been an important tool during the construction process. This has allowed all parties to discover challenges before they occur on site. Additionally, the contractors and the designer have worked very closely together to make sure everything meets UTSW’s needs. For example, both collaborated on mock-ups of the building’s rooms to make sure they met the OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM 51 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Energy Efficiency
Green Building
Executive Perspective
Best Practices
Bernards Construction – El Capitan High School
Bogner Construction Co. – College of Wooster Scot Center
Jean McClung Middle School
Hellas Sports Construction
The Walsh Group – NOAA Pacific Regional Headquarters
Haskell Co. – Scripps Proton Therapy Center
Robert A. Bothman Inc. – Stockton Unified School District
JE Dunn – Energy Systems Integration Facility
Rosendin Electric – AVUHSD Solar Project
Ratcliff Construction Company – Crossroads Church
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Flintco Pacific – Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
Lee Lewis Construction – Angelo State University’s Plaza Verde Student Housing
Manhattan Construction – First Baptist Church of Dallas
Market & Johnson – Eau Claire County Courthouse project
McTech Corp – 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters
Parkland Health & Hospital System
RBC Construction
Central Building and Preservation – Randolph Tower City Apartments
Scaparotti Construction Group
Trinity Properties – Trinity Place
Advanced Real Estate Services
Lawrence B. Wohl Inc./Wohl Diversified Services
TN Ward and Commercial Interiors – Maryland Live
ASX Construction – Parc Lafayette
Bayland Buildings Inc.
Dependable Mechanical Systems
New Dawn Developments
DSLD Homes
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.
Cobalt Construction – Meta Housing
Lifestyle Communities
Pratt and Associates LLC
Miramonte Homes
MP J.J. Duffy Joint Venture/Pathway Senior Living LLC – Victory Centre Vernon Hills
Woodland Homes
Aecom/Inima Joint Venture – Hialeah, Fla., Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4
Pepper-Lawson Construction – Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – AWT Improvements
Blount Contracting Inc.
Harbor Offshore Services
Cruz Construction Inc.
Humble Construction
Nova-Con Projects Ltd.
Trimen Electric
EllisDon Corp. – Atlantic Region
EllisDon Corp. – St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care
Focus Equities
Intercom Services Immobiliers
George Brown College – New Waterfront Campus
Seaside Transportation Services
Last Look

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