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It Takes a Total Team Effort

Lean on the advice of trusted professionals while planning and building a new facility.

Amanda Mewborn

Amanda Mewborn


PARTNER PERSPECTIVE Getting consultants on board early in the design phase can avert budget-busting changes when construction begins.

You've analyzed the demographics of your area and figured out the healthcare needs of the community. You've located a tract of land to build on or a building to renovate. You've decided whether you want to own the facility or lease the space, but, either way, you need capital to get the deal done. Now what? I've overseen many successful healthcare builds and know partnering with experienced professional advisors will help push projects forward and keep them on the right track.

1. Make the big hires

Identify the key players who will help you determine the scope of the project, assemble the rest of your team and develop a realistic budget. Start by hiring a project manager. Within a month of that hire, select an architect. Get the general contractor on board soon after. The project manager will help run the request for proposal process for the architect and general contractor, and connect you to finance companies and attorneys you'll need. The architect will assist with retaining medical equipment planners, landscape architects and IT experts. The general contractor will get the mechanical, electrical and plumbing people on board.

All three professionals should have experience in managing projects for the type of facility you want to build. Experience with a physician practice building doesn't qualify someone to design and outfit an outpatient surgical facility.

Ask consultants for case studies and multiple examples of projects they've worked on in the past. It might appear to be more expensive to partner with experienced professionals, but I promise it will save you money on the back end. The changes you'll have to make during construction because of advice you received from advisors who don't know what they're doing will be far more costly than paying for someone who has the experience to get the job done right the first time.

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