// New Construction: Saint Anthony’s Hospital //

Managing the 5th floor Acute Care Expansion for CHI Franciscan Health at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor has been a rewarding and challenging experience. The project consists of the build-out of 32 patient rooms – MacDonald-Miller performing all HVAC, plumbing, pipe fitting, and medical gas scope. If ever there was a show of the MacMiller force and our ability to champion a “competitive” bid, this job is it! Nate Ostrander won this job with a promise to deliver best in class on a tight budget and short duration. We did that, and more!

From the start, we displayed strong leadership by taking on a “lean and mean” MEP detailing effort, which resulted in our ability to get a jump on procurement, dial in our man power plan, and get building before the rest of the trades started showing up. In addition, patient room headwalls were multi-trade coordinated and fabricated off-site at the MacMiller shop, with the obvious benefit of keeping the construction site cleaner, more productive, and safer. Thus, a win for the owner, construction, and hospital patients.

These activities had an extremely beneficial downstream effect. Skanska USA, the project’s general contractor, got the space turned over ahead of schedule, a detail of significant importance since the hospital was concerned about not being able to handle the increased traffic due to the oncoming flu season. This illustrated a fitting example of “plan your work and work your plan.”

Huge thanks to: Sam Pemble (plumbing), Joe Juntunen (sheet metal), and Jory Heslep (pipe fitting). When I was hired on, a bit over two years ago, I was told that MacMiller prides itself on being the industry leader in healthcare construction in the Northwest. Given the time I’ve now spent within the Healthcare unit, it is plain to see that the efforts put forth by Ruben Cañas and John Solem in developing a dedicated team of healthcare building specialists, project executives and managers, really does result in best in class experience for our clients! – Chad Elrod, Project Manager

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