Regions Hospital’s new 2,800 s.f. Hybrid OR is designed for efficiency when every second counts. One of the first of its kind in the region, the Hybrid OR brings imaging capabilities and high-end X-ray technology into the operating room, expediting diagnosis and treatment in a state of the art environment providing both surgical and interventional treatment for cardiac patients.
As onsite construction manager for Regions, Kraus-Anderson also takes a multi-disciplined approach, combining project managers, superintendents, foremen, project assistants and other professionals to collaborate with hospital staff, construction trades, equipment vendors and others as it manages diverse, concurrent jobs throughout the campus. On site since 2007, the KA team has managed literally thousands of projects at the site – everything from new carpet installation to lab remodels and major renovations- always working in close proximity to ongoing hospital operations.
It’s an invaluable training ground for Kraus-Anderson Assistant Project Manager Kara Stockman, who recently discussed her experience as part of the Regions construction management team.
Q: How long have you been with KA?
STOCKMAN: Three years now. I started as a project intern in 2011 while a senior in the Construction Engineering program at Iowa State.
Q: How long have you been at Regions Hospital?
STOCKMAN: Since May 2014.
Q: What do you like about working in the hospital environment?
STOCKMAN: It’s always changing so the work is always something new. And it’s great being embedded here at the hospital campus—the staff knows us, they recognize us, we’re part of the team.
Q: What were some of your early assignments at Regions?
STOCKMAN: Working with KA Project Managers Paul Charpentier and Rachael Oelke, I did take-off and small projects around the hospital; for example, adding wall protection in a corridor.
Q: What was your role on the Hybrid OR project?
STOCKMAN: I ran the meetings so I could get more experience talking to a diverse group (doctors, nurses, vendors, and other staff). I also helped Rachael with some take-off, procurement of materials and issuing contracts.
Q: What was the schedule?
STOCKMAN: We started at the end of January 2015 and project was completed June 5.
Q: What kind of ceiling infrastructure was required to handle the heavy equipment in the Hybrid OR?
STOCKMAN: There are four red iron boom supports which range from 4500 moment load – 6100 moment load. A grid pattern of unistrut/steel channels that can hold over 3,000 pounds hangs from the building structure.
Q: What were your considerations in terms of disruption avoidance to the surrounding hospital operations?
STOCKMAN: During our meetings we informed the staff when our loud work days would be so they wouldn’t schedule patients in the OR’s close to the Hybrid OR. We told them to let us know at any time if we needed to stop if we were affecting other OR’s.
Q: Who were the different groups you needed to work with in order to coordinate this job- both on the client side and your vendors?
STOCKMAN: On the hospital side, we were coordinating with CV (cardiovascular), IR (interventional radiology, OR and clinical engineering. On the vendor side, we worked with Storz, the endoscope equipment provider; and with Siemens, the mobile C-arm equipment provider.
Q: What is your next project at Regions?
STOCKMAN: The linear accelerator project. That starts this summer and runs through January. It’s a 1,089 s.f. project including removal of the existing linear accelerator equipment in vault #2, removal of concrete flooring, installation of new 12” structural slab with 12” topping slab to support updated linear accelerator equipment, which is used in cancer treatment.
Q: What are some of the special considerations on this project?
STOCKMAN: Saw cutting, demolition and concrete work will be done at night or on the weekend when the adjacent rooms, which are active patient treatment areas, are not in use.
Q: What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
STOCKMAN: I get to physically see the end result. After all the hours you put in, looking over drawings, submittals, your estimates etc., it is rewarding to see everything come together.