Article by Jim Harris:
The Ventura County Medical Center’s use of a design/build contract for the construction of a replacement wing to its existing hospital in Ventura, Calif., will allow the facility to be built in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.
“Typically in healthcare, there’s a gap between the development of the designs and drawings and the actual construction, which leads to hospitals being completed at an additional cost to close that gap,” says Rebekah Gladson, president of RG Group Global, the program/construction manager representing the medical center on the $300 million project. “The design/build approach allows the owner to achieve the highest value for what they’re building, and offers the lowest cost growth and shortest overall schedule. We have a completely integrated team, which allow us to have a very high-performing and lean process.”