In 2005, the city of Temecula, California found that its healthcare and medical facilities were not keeping up with the city’s growth. To address the need, the city embarked on a planning process with Universal Health Services to develop a new full-service hospital. As the economy slowed in 2008, the project was put on hold. It was revived in 2009 on a smaller scale and budget, but the city, in partnership with UHS, remained committed to developing a first-rate medical facility that would serve all the needs of the community.
Southland’s role in the project was to design and construct the HVAC and plumbing systems and the Delta controls for the 178,000 square foot facility, which included 140 patient rooms, 28 treatment rooms, an intensive care unit, several surgical suites, and a 100-seat dining and foodservice facility.
Southland employed a variety of approaches to add value to the project while minimizing costs. For example, as part of the entire project team’s efforts to pursue an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach to lean construction, Southland’s engineers utilized target value design throughout the process to eliminate waste while ensuring code requirements and client functionality expectations were met. Southland and its partners also used a complete BIM model to fully coordinate all aspects of the facility to ensure efficient planning, coordination and execution.
UHS needed the facility completed quickly, which presented additional challenges to the team. In fact, the project needed to be constructed on a shorter timeline than any such project had been completed before. Southland met the challenge not only by employing efficient management and collaboration tactics, but also by using prefabricated plumbing, mechanical piping, and sheet metal components.
UHS Temecula Valley Hospital opened its doors to the community on time and on budget. The hospital also benefits from a Delta controls system installed by Southland that is easy to maintain and helps facility managers monitor and reduce energy consumption.