Mortenson Modernizes Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

By Construction Digest

Story Excerpt from Construction Digest:

“Advocate’s mission is to provide the best care,” says Larry Arndt, General Manager for the Mortenson’s Healthcare Group in Chicago. “Advocate’s investment in the Good Shepherd expansion and renovation is aimed at just that: improving care and moving the facility into the future.”

Mortenson joined up with Advocate and architect HOK of Chicago in fall of 2012 and used an integrated project delivery approach to the campus-wide project. The team worked through planning and preparation during the fall and winter, including utility work and tearing down an existing building.

“We worked together as one big team,” Arndt says. “We communicated in person and were together a lot. The collaborative approach and commitment to communication clearly contributed to our success.”

The complexity of the project, which included keeping the hospital fully operational throughout construction and the need for infection and noise control, led the team to break the project into 26 phases with more than 30 enabling projects, including moving departments, such as the intensive care unit, to new temporary locations.

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