With a customer base of 50,000 patients and an ever-expanding practice, Cardiovascular Medicine sought a clinic space that would service their thriving business while providing convenience, a comfortable and welcoming setting, abundant parking and room to grow. The state-of-the-art facility is a single-story cardiovascular clinic for six physicians and their staff of nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants.
Located in the Quad Cities, the new facility allowed Cardiovascular Medicine to move from rented to owned space, and to better situate their practice for reaching their patient base. The new clinic aligns with their business objectives and is helping them to serve hundreds, and even thousands of patients per day. Though budget and timeline were tight, Ryan’s design and construction teams partnered closely to deliver the project successfully.
Upon learning of Cardiovascular Medicine’s need for new clinic space and understanding their business objectives, Ryan’s design team began looking at land and sketching out possible solutions. Initial sketches helped owners understand how much land would be needed, and once they selected the location that met their requirements for space, accessibility and visibility, design began in earnest.
Many of the decisions throughout the design of the project were driven by the practice’s very high daily patient volume and the shorter nature of a typical patient visit. As patients are often coming in for quick, routine checkups, the Ryan A+E team worked to design a clinic that would not only accommodate a heavy traffic flow, but would create a superior patient experience overall. For example, the waiting room, which can accommodate up to 120 people, is broken into two sections to distribute traffic and create a smoother flow. The space is an open and airy concept, with abundant glass to create a welcoming and inviting environment.
One challenge related to patient volume was parking. The owners were requesting an ample number of spaces—approximately 50% more than what code required and more than the site would accommodate. In the end, with some very creative site design and building positioning, and a good partnership with the civil engineer, we were able to devise a solution that would satisfy the needs of the customer and the parameters of the site.
The building includes 38 exam rooms, 12 offices and four nurses’ stations arranged in four group areas that surround the waiting area and imaging rooms. Scanning equipment such as CT, CET and SPECT is a critical part of the business, so lead-lined imaging rooms with a viewing room were incorporated into the design as well.
The construction of the project faced the two typical challenges of budget and timeline, both of which Ryan’s Davenport team navigated successfully. We signed a design-build contract and determined the budget for the project with minimal preliminary drawings and only eight months to complete design and construction. We assembled a skilled project team and immediately got started.
Tight integration and close collaboration between the design and construction teams were essential elements in the successful and timely execution of the project. Our ability to complete the project within the set parameters of schedule and budget was largely the result of very accurate upfront estimating, a meticulous preconstruction process, and proactively kicking off subcontractor procurement and preliminary construction even before design was complete. A heavy, upfront focus on planning and coordination resulted in a seamless construction process.
Ryan always puts its customers’ needs first. In our view they clearly separate themselves from the competition with their fully integrated team, proven experience and the humility with which they go about their business.