Karpinski Engineering has provided design services for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for approximately 15 years. In 2007, the firm was selected to lead a team for a long-term and challenging task – replacing MEP infrastructure in the Rhodes, Doan, James, and Ross buildings while maintaining occupancy and operations for staff and patients. (Ross building is pictured at left.)
The project team consisted of Medical Center personnel, Karpinski Engineering MEP engineers, and construction administration personnel, architects, structural engineers, testing and balancing contractors, hazardous material consultants, field verification specialists, mechanical and electrical contractors (Design Assist), State of Ohio plan inspectors, and a construction management team (to assist with phasing, scheduling, and budget control). From contract negotiation through construction, the project has spanned six years and was one of the State’s first contracts to be performed under the Construction Manager at Risk delivery method.
The project began with the team clarifying overall scope before presenting five bid packages to allow the Owner flexibility in prioritizing work and maintaining budget. Throughout the design process, coordination was necessary to accommodate other projects being designed and constructed within Wexner Medical Center. This included construction of the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, the Critical Care Center and Central Chilled Water Plant, Doan Cafeteria and Kitchen projects, the Rhodes Entry project, the Prior Hall expansion, and various projects in areas such as the Radiology Department, Laboratory, Patient Bed Tower, and Patient Services.
Karpinski Engineering provided design for the following project elements:
This has been one of the most extensive projects that Karpinski Engineering has coordinated directly with an Owner. While complex, it was essential for facilitating future renovations and additions to the Wexner Medical Center campus.
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