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When we need to solve a problem, we reach for the most appropriate tool at hand. Some problems can be addressed with a variety of tools, but usually there is a specific tool that will do the job best. So while you could probably drive a nail with heavy monkey wrench, really a hammer will work much better and you’re less likely to smash your thumb. Or, if we lack the tools or aren’t that handy…

We call someone.

Hopefully, that someone has the right tools and knows how to use them. Healthcare facility design and construction is full of challenges and problems to be solved, and some of those require some pretty specific and powerful tools. Some examples of healthcare facility problems and the needed tools:

  • What is the problem we’re trying to solve with new or renovated space?
    • analytical tools to document deficiencies, needs, functions, patient volumes, etc.
  • What can we afford?
    • financial analysis models that show comprehensive occupancy costs whether owning or leasing new space.
  • How will we finance it?
    • financing models that show equity and borrowing requirements to be integrated with other long term financial objectives.
  • How long will it take?
    • project scheduling tools to identify critical activities and milestones between point A (now) and point B (completion).
  • What will it look like and how will it work?
    • building information modeling (BIM) design software to show in three dimensions the proposed building solutions.

These are just a sampling of the big questions that healthcare organizations will face when considering their space needs. What would you add to the list?

(And in case you’re wondering, yes, we offer all of these tools and more!)