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Building Information Modeling/ Virtual Design & Construction
The hospital retained pre-construction services for approximately two years prior to commencement of work on a new 160-bed patient care tower and medical office building in 2008. Along with the design team, Good Sam Design Collaborative, we helped develop and price the master plan for the expansion and renovation of the Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
The $266 million, 350,000-SF 160-bed patient care tower and medical office includes 80 private patient rooms, floors for 80 additional rooms, an emergency department, an imaging department, a surgery department and parking garage. Skanska used BIM on this project for 3D visualization, detailing and coordination; 4D scheduling; and 5D cost.
For MEP coordination we used 3D models to determine conflicts among the trades and the structural model. We utilized detailed models for construction detailing and layout for concrete and steel self-perform work. For the steel fabrication a model was developed to show detailed connections, gusset plates, and accurate sizes for beams and columns.
Our construction schedule was tied to the 3D model to allow for simulations of the built environment. 5D models were developed to accurately determine quantities and for pre-ordering long lead items.
Jay WeisbergerSr Director, Communications WestSkanska USA Inc.+1 206 494 5469
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Market segment: Hospitals
Concept: Building Information Modeling/ Virtual Design & Construction
Skanska made extensive use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to overcome challenges during every stage of the project, from design to construction, with 3-D visualization, 4-D scheduling and 5-D cost. On the Good Samaritan project, the team added an additional layer of information to the model, developing a 6-D tool to facilitate maintenance after construction. Detailed data on the MEP systems and training videos linked to the BIM will allow staff of the Good Samaritan Hospital to properly service and maintain their equipment.
The 3-D BIM allowed the team to perform clash detection among large, complex systems with a positive impact on design, budget and schedule. For example, the team needed a plan for a complex set of utility connections early in construction: an underground tie-in to a waterline, a storm system and routing of new services into a new, two-story connecting corridor. We used 3-D modeling and clash detection to map the existing services and determine the optimal points to perform tie-ins, avoiding the need to dig a 25-feet-deep open excavation and severely disrupt the hospital’s operations. Technology is only part of the solution to a complex problem, but by using BIM the team successfully delivered a healthcare facility to meet future needs.