Lean Design Project for UHS


D.P. Electric has been selected by Universal Health Services (UHS) to provide electrical construction services for the Quail Run Behavioral Health facility in Phoenix, Arizona and the Palo Verde Behavioral Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. Wespac Construction is the general contractor for both the Quail Run facility and Palo Verde Health Care Center.

Quail Run is a 67,324 sf, 110-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital expected to open in the summer of 2014. The four-story, five acre hospital is expected to provide acute behavioral health services and specialty psychiatric treatment programs for children, adolescents and adults. The building was constructed in 2008, and has been in shell condition since original construction and is owned by Universal Health Services Inc., Delaware.  

The Palo Verde Health Care Center is a 48-bed facility in Tucson, Arizona acquired by Universal Health Services in March 2014. UHS will be working in partnership with Tucson Medical Center to expand the existing facility's capacity to 84 inpatient beds by the end of 2014.

Both of these projects will be utilizing Lean Design and Construction, a production management-based approach to project delivery. Applied to project design and delivery, Lean changes the way work is done throughout the delivery process and production systems - maximize value and minimize waste. As a result:

  • The facility and its delivery process are designed jointly to support customer purposes.
  • Work is structured throughout the process to maximize value and reduce waste at the project delivery level.
  • Efforts to manage and improve performance are aimed at improving total project performance, because this is more important than reducing the cost or increasing the speed of project activities.
  • Planning and control systems performance is measured and improved with the goal of making things happen rather than just monitoring results.

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