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May 15, 2015

Construction Award • Tenant Improvement
Over $5 million

Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography
Turner built a new surgical suite at Virginia Mason under an integrated project-delivery agreement.

Virginia Mason surgical suite

Location: Seattle

General contractor: Turner Construction

Owner/developer: Virginia Mason

Primary designer: ZGF Architects

Virginia Mason’s 27,000-square-foot surgical suite build-out included a new reception area, 16 patient-admit/recovery bays, nine operating rooms and one hybrid operating room.

The project was completed while overcoming two major challenges: maintaining normal activities of the street-level emergency department and accommodating active tunnel construction located in the middle of the project.

This was a partnership from the beginning, utilizing an integrated project-delivery agreement to “put the patient first.“ To reduce the impact on emergency department patrons and staff, the Turner Construction team built a platform system using an existing shaftway. Pull-planning meetings with subcontractors were also key to overcoming the scheduling impacts of tunneling work.

To facilitate coordination, Turner utilized a “BIM box” — a mobile unit housing a computer, printer and flat-screen TV — for use by all trades, complete with the most current model and drawings. The design team provided drawings for numerous details that significantly aided the construction team.

Main safety hazards were identified early — hoist activities, tunneling activities and heavy forklift-traffic areas — and properly addressed prior to starting work. With 52,879 total worker hours, the project had one recordable injury (a strained back) and a recordable incident rate of 3.78 with no lost-time incidents.

Virginia Mason representative Betsy Braun said, “I have been very satisfied with the Turner team. They managed to work with us creatively, within our changing constraints, with humor, grace, humility and enthusiasm. It is easy to be a satisfied client when the project goes well. It is much harder to be a satisfied client when things go sideways. I am completely satisfied with the outcomes we achieved and… would hire this team again without reservation.”

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