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Hospital PDC: Your Cinnamon Challenge?

May 7, 2013


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 […]

Store-Brands of Project Delivery

May 11, 2012


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


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 […]

Benefits of a Design-Build Veteran

January 26, 2012


Healthcare administrators often require significant experience in the project type of their upcoming project before considering a design and construction team. For instance, if a health system is doing a cancer center, it may insist on a team having five completed cancer centers in its portfolio. Such a requirement helps confirm a team will be less […]

Design-Build a Simplified Tool

October 10, 2011


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 […]

Alternatives Now Industry Norms

October 7, 2011


Sometime in the 1980s “alternative rock” came to prominence as a fresh, different yet appealing sound from traditional pop music that had dominated radio play. Alt-rock bands produced music that catered to distinct subgroups of fans, some of which enjoyed their music with more folk, goth, poetics, anger, or more electric guitar—there was a very […]

RFP Process By the Numbers

October 5, 2011


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 […]