Boston Medical Ctr. Installs Bridge

Boston – The Boston Medical Center chose an IPD method to install a 208,000-pound bridge in one day, connecting an upper floor of the hospital with its recently redesigned emergency department (ED).

The bridge is being used to transport patients directly from the hospital’s existing helipad to the ED. Patients arriving at BMC via medical airlift formerly had to use an ambulance to bring them across Albany Street to the emergency room.

The $184 million, single IPD contract agreement was with Tocci Building Companies, TRO JB, and Suffolk Construction.

BMC is the first academic medical center in Massachusetts to use IPD and the largest to employ collaborative project delivery in New England. The project is part of BMC’s four-year Clinical Campus Redesign and was done while the hospital remained fully operational. As part of the IPD process, the team incorporated Lean processes to ensure safety and efficiency, reduce project timelines, and eliminate waste and redundancies.

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