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The most recent project in a 20-year relationship with Pepper, Palos Community Hospital’s addition and renovation adds 426,427 square feet of surgery, diagnostic and bed space. The final phase of a larger plan to upgrade the hospital’s facilities, the project team used a unique, integrated approach and Lean Construction tools to maximize value for Palos. The hospital was occupied during construction, requiring constant consideration of patient needs and frequent communication among project team members, hospital staff and patients.
The team adopted an intricate phasing plan while performing work above patient beds, dividing the floor into several sections and relocating the patients in a certain section when work was being completed directly above them. Although this system was not ideal, it paid off — the hospital saw an increase in patient satisfaction during construction.
The project team went through an extensive planning phase in order to maximize efficiency during the construction process. During the planning phase, design and coordination were completed at the same time, ultimately shaving four months off the project schedule, a 10 percent savings in overall time.
Pepper provided our Self Perform Group's demolition, excavation and concrete services at Palos Community Hospital.