WSP has forged a successful working relationship with Banner Health over the past decade.
“Banner Health has been a valued client since shortly after our office was opened in Phoenix in 2008,” Mason said. “Over the years, we have completed more than 100 projects for Banner that ran the full gamut of size and complexity.”
Previous Banner Health projects have included:
• Banner Gateway Cancer Center, phase 2;
• Banner Desert Medical Center, patient floor renovations;
• Banner Boswell, hybrid operating room project;
• Banner Casa Grande, main lobby renovation;
• Banner Thunderbird Surgery Center, code evaluation and upgrades.
“We have also completed master plan evaluations for Banner Boswell, Banner Desert, Banner Casa Grande, Banner Thunderbird and Banner Behavioral Health Hospital,” Mason added. “These projects helped plan the future expansion and renovation of the respective campuses for the next 20 years.”
The project team is using co-location and integrated project delivery (IPD) to ensure a cohesive team approach and to assist with overcoming complex design and construction challenges.
MEP challenges included construction of 17-story building over an existing campus main distribution frame (MDF) room located in an excavated basement while maintaining full facility operation and access, building the hospital expansion over the existing MEP spine connecting the existing central plant to the campus, replacing the chiller plant main header while maintaining constant campus cooling, and back-feeding 10,000 amps of 480V power to the existing campus while minimizing disruptions.
Mason said he has worked at the hospital site three days a week since the emergency department renovation project began more than four years ago. When the design and construction team transitioned to the tower project, he said the IPD approach used by the participants was “an unqualified success.”
“The IPD team on this project has integrated exceedingly well,” Mason said. “The IPD process has helped us leave traditionally adversarial relationships between design teams and contractors in the dust. Instead, we work together toward the singular goal of producing an exceptional product for the owner.”
Located only a few miles away from WSP’s Tempe office, Mason said this is a project that literally and figuratively hits close to home.
“This project is a source of personal pride for me not only due to the size of the project,” he said, “but because it is a project in my community.”
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