Fletcher Allen names architect and construction manager for inpatient building project

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Fletcher Allen names architect and construction manager for inpatient building project

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 6:56am -- tim

Fletcher Allen Health Care has named MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health as project architect for design work on the new inpatient bed replacement building, which is currently in the Certificate of Need (CON)-approved conceptual development phase. Fletcher Allen also selected The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Baltimore, MD, as the construction management firm to undertake the pre-construction planning work.
Initially, the total cost was expected to be at least $85 million. FAHC said in a statement that the actual cost will not be known until near the end of this conceptual development phase. At that point it will have all the pertinent information ready when it files the CON application to seek approval to construct the building. 
This is FAHC's first time through the new CON process, where the project is large enough to require the Conceptual Development CON approval followed by CON approval to construct.  This conceptual development period will take about a year.  There are design decisions to be made, construction logistics to be determined ‘ all of which, it said, will contribute to determining the ultimate cost of the project.


Architect: MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health
Construction manager: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Building in Conceptual Development Phase

The inpatient bed replacement project will allow Fletcher Allen tomake a major investment in health care for the people of Vermont and northern New York, by creating new facilities that are consistent with today’s hospital design standards and match the high quality of health care that Fletcher Allen provides its patients.
‘It’s the right time to invest in renewing our facilities, some of which are 50 years old,’ said John Brumsted, MD, president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen. ‘They have served us well and we’ve gotten great use out of them.  However, they were constructed during a different era in health care. We have remodeled where we can, but new inpatient facilities are clearly needed.’ 
Architect: MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health
MorrisSwitzer is a 50-person architectural firm located in Williston, VT. During this conceptual planning phase, MorrisSwitzer will help determine the building’s final design including specifics such as room and floor layout.  They will take a patient- and family-centered approach to the building’s design, using information gained from our patient-centered design team, detailed inpatient interviews, patient surveys and the Patient Experience Steering Committee.
‘Fletcher Allen is very pleased to be working with MorrisSwitzer to create a modern, patient-focused inpatient health care facility for Vermonters and the people of upstate New York,’ said Dr. Brumsted. ‘Both organizations have similar environment of care philosophies and MorrisSwitzer has a proven track record of designing these types of facilities for other medical centers across the country.  We are pleased to include this long-time partner in our effort to create a facility to match the high-quality care our people deliver every day.’

MorrisSwitzer is one of the few architectural firms in the country devoted exclusively to health care.  They have provided architectural expertise for over 2,000 healthcare construction projects, including The Vermont Children’s Hospital inpatient unit, as well as major projects for Eastern Maine Medical Center in Maine, the Steve & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Long Island, New York, and the Rabin Medical Center in Tel Aviv. The company has worked with Fletcher Allen since 1990 on multiple projects.  
Construction Management Firm: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Baltimore, MD, has been selected as the construction management firm for the new inpatient bed replacement project. They will partner with Neagley and Chase Construction Company, a South Burlington, VT firm with extensive experience in providing construction-related services from historic preservation to commercial and institutional facilities. The firms will assist Fletcher Allen with pre-construction planning which includes construction logistics, material cost estimates and a myriad of other construction details, which are all needed to complete the CON application 
‘We are confident that The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, with over a century of construction experience and with prominent health care clients like Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, and Kaiser Permanente, will also be a valued partner in achieving our vision for the inpatient replacement building,’ said John Brumsted, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen. ‘They have an impressive track record in client satisfaction and project completion within the prescribed timeline and budget requirements. Neagley and Chase will be an invaluable partner, assisting The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company with local knowledge and expertise.’ 
In addition to health care facility projects, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company has also managed major construction projects fields such as sports stadiums, industrial facilities, retail centers, office buildings, lodging and hospitality facilities, and historic preservation.
Timeline/Next Steps
Fletcher Allen received approval for its Conceptual Development Phase CON from the Green Mountain Care Board to design the new inpatient building in August 2013. 
The architectural design work and pre-construction planning information that is developed over the next year will form the basis for the CON application that will seek approval to construct the building.  
The design phase of the project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2014, when Fletcher Allen will submit a Certificate of Need seeking approval from the Green Mountain Care Board to proceed with construction. That document will contain building details and cost. Pending approval, construction should take three years. 
About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Fletcher Allen, along with Central Vermont Medical Center, CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia.
PHOTOS courtesy of FAHC. TOP, in foreground, the hospital at right and medical school at left. Bottom, John Brumsted, MD, president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen.