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Phased Building Projects: making them work in rural hospital environments

Based on the answers generated by this analysis, important choices can be made about whether any portions of a facility can be vacated during construction. Typically, these choices are made through considering such questions as:

  • Which portions can be vacated for the duration of a phase of construction (typically several months)?
  • Which portions can be vacated on a limited basis, such as while a specialist goes on vacation?
  • Which portions can be vacated after hours or on weekends?
  • Which portions can allow limited work to be done during operation, e.g., pulling tech wire through a functioning space?

Once a thorough facility analysis is completed, a building project’s phases and sub-phases can be defined. Written descriptions are developed for the requirements of each major and sub-phase, including a statement of what is required for substantial completion of each part of the process. Also included is an outline of any construction activities that must extend beyond any defined phase; for example, fire alarm or electrical systems work may continue if the entire route of a system cannot be vacated during a specific project phase. The phasing plan is then illustrated in preliminary architectural drawings.

Phasing Plan

Phasing plans illustrate the sequence of construction in order to maximize efficiency of the process while minimizing disruption to critical ongoing operations of a healthcare facility.