Constructech.Com: The Vision to Move Forward

Have you heard the story about the Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center-Riverside—one of the largest construction projects in Rockford, Ill., history? Let me tell you a little something about this unique project, it leveraged technology in a truly progressive way.

A quick look at the project specs shows it encompasses a three-wing, six-story hospital, spanning 451,000-sq.ft., and a five-story, 81,500-sq.ft. medical center sitting on approximately 65 acres. Led by Mortenson, it boasts 192 beds and state-of-the-art specialty units and adult sub-specialties.

Here’s where the project gets interesting. It had an accelerated pace, which meant it needed strategic technology implementation in order to keep the team on track. Cost, site logistics, schedule management, quality and safety, and facilitating an easier method to access information for onsite workers were all considerations in determining the right course of action.

Mercyhealth also required visual documentation of the project’s progress and access to images of as-built conditions. Initially, this request only allowed a method to view static photos, which were saved in digital folders and required the viewer to manually sift through the files to find a particular photo from a particular date, with no specific data linked to it. As you can imagine, this was costly and the process to locate the photo proved to be time consuming.

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