By Katherine Van Adzin

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, one of metro Boston’s premier medical facilities, needed to relocate its general internal medicine (GIM) department through a fit out of a nearby 37,000-square-foot site. In addition, the hospital required a 4,000-square-foot diagnostic fit out on the first floor. The new department needed to be up and running by a fixed date and had to be moved from the midst of a functioning hospital into an occupied office building while minimizing disturbance to both locations.

Complicating matters further, the project’s start date was delayed, but the opening date for the new location remained the same. On top of that, there was a sudden change to the design once the project was underway, which created unexpected rework. Losing time against hard deadlines, the project was at risk of not being completed on time.

Instead, the new GIM and diagnostics center was completed five weeks early. The project savings totaled four percent of the budgeted cost, which was returned to Lahey and reallocated to support end user requests. In addition to financial savings, the time saved offered other unexpected benefits.

“The end users were able to spend more time ahead of the move in a finished space doing training and getting supplies and equipment into place. There was also additional time for administration, philanthropy, marketing and other departments to document and promote the site prior to seeing the first patients,” said John Navarro, Project Manager of Planning, Design and Construction at Lahey Hospital.

The project’s success has already paid off in another way: BOND is about to begin another project at Lahey. For more, download Touchplan's case study on the project.


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