ULI Silicon Valley held a unique tour of the newest gem to the medical center service experience, and I was lucky enough to attend.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and Sutter Health conducted an intimate tour through the recently completed Sunnyvale Center. Leading the tour was David Jury of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, project architect Henry Mahlstedt of Hawley Peterson Snyder, senior project manager James Pease of Sutter Health, and senior project manager Joe Yau of DPR Construction.
The PAMF Sunnyvale Center is the result of an expansion and replacement of a 55-year-old medical building to turn it into a fully modernized, 125,000-sq-ft., three-story medical center over two levels of below-grade parking. It will be open to the public later this summer.
Beginning in the main lobby, we toured through key areas of each floor. On the first floor, we saw the cancer treatment areas that included: radiology, infusion, a serenity garden, medical oncology, and radiation oncology. On the second floor, we saw pediatrics and primary care areas. The tour ended on the third floor, which included OBGYN areas and the medical staff cafeteria.
As I toured the building and listened to the team share their experience, I couldn’t help but marvel at the ingenuity that went into building this modern healthcare space.
Key project team members shared their closing thoughts:
- PAMF highlighted its journey through the entire approval and negotiation process, and it was fascinating to hear all that was involved on the owner’s side.
- DPR Construction and Hawley Peterson Snyder discussed the project approach and its success. The integrated project delivery (IPD) approach between construction, the owner, the architect and trade partners resulted in great project creativity. They also discussed the value in using building information modeling (BIM) on the project.
All parties agreed that the collaborative nature of IPD and BIM created an innovative environment that helped save 8 weeks on the schedule by sequencing the structural steel before pouring the podium concrete. It helped everyone achieve shared savings as a team.
Using IPD, the entire team was able to structure itself early on to work together as efficiently as possible and clearly define expectations. The team used BIM as a tool to save cost, maintain quality, and help with scheduling and site safety.
The tour ended with praise all around from the project team!
Authored by: Mike Jones, DPR Construction