Progressive Construction Team Harnesses Power of IPD
One of the largest economic development projects ever in St. Lucie County, Tradition Medical Center provides another medical facility option for the community and a more convenient location for residents on the west side of town. The newest addition to the Tradition Center for Innovation, this six-story, 207,787 square-foot hospital houses 90 patient beds, with the potential to expand to 300 beds. Built on a vacant 21-acre site, the new facility features a full-service emergency department, 14 childbirth suites and a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, medical-surgical, an intensive care unit and four operating rooms (with room for expansion). Administrative areas include space for medical records, dietary, a business office and general hospital administration. The hospital features a full kitchen for both patient meals and a cafeteria that includes made-to-order food. The hospital site includes physical plant facilities, parking, landscaping, drainage measures and utilities.
The project was one of the first healthcare projects in the country to use the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method.
A project of the scale and magnitude of the Tradition Medical Center requires an extensive amount of planning to stay on-track. One of the first healthcare projects in the country to use the Integrated Project Delivery method, the collaborative project team remained committed to a philosophy of smart, lean design and construction to deliver the project on-schedule and, ultimately, under budget. Several different innovations were used during construction including pull planning, pre-fabricated racks for overhead corridor utilities, 3-D modeling, BIM for MEFP coordination, as well as the use of mock-ups for patient room head walls. The project’s integrated team approach was featured in the May/June issue of Medical Construction & Design magazine. The LEED Gold medical facility was also the recipient of the 2014 Economic Impact of the Year Award presented by NAOIP.
Tradition Medical Center serves its mission to provide exceptional health care to the community as well as provides local jobs that stimulates the local economy.