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Hospital PDC: Your Cinnamon Challenge?

May 7, 2013

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The Cinnamon Challenge.  If you have not heard of it, plug into pop culture for five minutes and hit YouTube.  It is the modern-day version of A Christmas Story’s tongue-meets-freezing-flag-pole double-dog dare.  Why is this relevant to hospital planning, design and construction (PDC)? Last week, the Advisory Board noted doctors have issued a message on […]

IPD: Impress Me, Please

June 15, 2012

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In an article on the Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic in Green Source’s March+April 2012 issue, I read a couple of sentences about how the project was delivered in the IPD model, or Integrated Project Delivery. I am surprised how positively IPD is still portrayed as something new and good for the owner. Is it really? The article mentions […]

Design-Build’s Image Crisis

May 16, 2012

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Like many other machinations of industry, design-build (DB) has evolved. What was once a new idea and an exciting concept, is not so novel anymore, especially with groups touting Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). IPD is the new kid in school everyone wants to befriend. Part of being new is the excitement. The other part of […]

Store-Brands of Project Delivery

May 11, 2012

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These soups have soft, almost mushy noodles.  Food Lion’s flavors are a little more intense, the dehydrated spice taste is not as pronounced, and the soup doesn’t leave as much of a fatty feeling in the mouth.  The Campbell’s broth is oily, with fatty pieces of chicken, and it leaves a lingering taste of garlic […]

Design-Build Like Project Insurance

February 8, 2012

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In 2008, Southwest Airlines was turning a profit while its competitors were sucking wind. Unlike its competitors, Southwest gained tremendous momentum instead of raising prices, instituting new fees and looking to consolidate merely to survive. How did they do it?  Southwest reaped the benefits of some shrewd disaster planning during their boom years. In the prior decade, Southwest invested millions in […]

Design-Build a Simplified Tool

October 10, 2011

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Fast Company had an article recently that touched on a well-recognized, yet simple and powerful entrepreneurial formula: take an expensive product available to the few, and make it simple and affordable to many, and you have a winner. A somewhat public display of this strategy was Nicolas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child mission initiated several […]

RFP Process By the Numbers

October 5, 2011

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Some hospitals and systems utilize a formal selection process to determine which architect and contractor teams they would like to work with. Such a system, though defensible to Boards and CEOs, is fraught with unseen limitations and waste. I support a more efficient way:  choose someone the administration trusts and negotiate an agreement. I call this the Trust Your Gut […]