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There is a lot of discussion these days about the pros and cons of various contractual approaches to hospital construction. These discussions often focus on which approaches enable a project to be completed more quickly: traditional design-bid-build? Design-build? Construction management at risk? Integrated project delivery?

One way to speed up construction—and a method that can be used with any of these approaches—is fast tracking. Fast tracking is the release of a project in stages or packages. This method expedites delivery of a completed project and often results in reduced costs and enhanced quality.

Andrew Quirk, the author of this article to be published in the March issue of hfm, discusses four factors an organization should consider in determining whether to adopt a fast-tracking approach:

  • Expectations of project length, quality, and cost
  • Whether decisions can be made quickly by hospital leaders as issues arise
  • Commitment from hospital leaders, architects, engineers, construction managers, and others involved in the projec
  • The extent to which hospital leaders are willing to share how and why decisions are being made

Quirk also describes another option for fast tracking – design assist. Design assist is a method of contracting that can help organizations save money on the mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) component of a construction initiative, which typically accounts for 40 to 50 percent of total project costs.

The author illustrates several financial and quality controls that would aide in financial transparency as well as user satisfaction for a hospital construction project.

Read this article in the March hfm to learn more about the strategies that facilitate the fast-track delivery process and ensure that quality is not compromised simply because a project is being delivered at a faster pace.

Publication Date: Friday, February 01, 2013

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