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Children’s Hospital of Michigan: Critical Care Tower

Detroit Medical Center

DMC_Critical Care Tower_Building Exterior

Barton Malow and LS Brinker provided construction management services for the new Critical Care Tower at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The project increased the number of private intensive care patient rooms, expanded the emergency department, created a spacious lobby, added a new radiology center, and included state-of-the-art operating rooms and pre-op/post-op spaces.

After opening the tower, 44,000 SF was renovated in existing buildings adjacent to the addition to compliment the new department spaces within the tower, while sharing the usage of the existing loading dock and patient transport elevators with hospital operations.

Barton Malow also self-performed civil, concrete, interiors, rigging, and steel fabrication and erection.

Maintaining Schedule + Budget with Lean Principles

The owner initiated an intensive Lean operations effort at project conception, including the development of full-size, off-site mock-ups of key departments for the nursing and physician staff to evaluate. We integrated this process into our preconstruction delivery to provide real-time cost and schedule evaluations of the changes. The result was an efficient design that responded to user comments and a corresponding budget and detailed schedule accurately portraying conditions long before it was bought out and built.

Construction Phasing

To start construction on the tower, the existing Ronald McDonald House and four-story 25,000 SF annex building had to be removed from the site and a new temporary emergency department was constructed, including a new ambulance canopy with two temporary two-stop elevators. The new tower required 10 separate connection points to the existing building, requiring detailed logistics planning with separate departments so as not to adversely affect hospital operations.