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Children's Hospital of Wisconsin


Shepley Bulfinch Zimmerman Design Group

Boldt Role:

Construction Manager Development

Key Points:

Early work for the new West Bed Tower included relocating the main hospital drop-off area and entrance to Children's Hospital along with providing additional parking. The underground utility work required rerouting of the chilled water lines that supply the hospital campus from an off-site central generating plant. Timing of this work was limited and the successful completion was crucial to meet cooling needs. With campus space at a premium, new emergency generators are housed in a rooftop penthouse. Received the 2009 Top Project Award from Wisconsin Builder magazine.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Phase 6 - New West Bed Tower and Renovations

Milwaukee, WI

Phase 6 of an expansion that began in 2003, the planned West Bed Tower and renovations project consisted of a 425,000 sq. ft., 216-bed facility that would meet present needs while allowing for an additional 48-bed expansion in the future.

Our role was as construction manager, working with architects Shepley Bulfinch, and Zimmerman Design Group. One of the more challenging dimensions of the project was the construction site itself. The tower would be built on a relatively narrow strip of land, with busy thoroughfares on each side; efficient planning for workflow and materials delivery was essential to keeping costs down and timelines intact.

Using Integrated Lean Project Delivery® (ILPD), just-in-time materials provisions were worked out early in the planning and bid process, which helped maintain targeted costs. Last-planner scheduling resulted in daily and six-week-ahead work activities planning, identifying potential workflow constraints to eliminate wasted/duplicated labor. Finally, 3-D Building Information Modeling (BIM) allowed us to eliminate errors and costly re-work during actual construction.