Collaborating with a Permitting Agency to Deliver a Healthcare Project: Case Study of the Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley (SMCCV)

Isabel Alarcon1, Digby Christian2 & Iris D. Tommelein3

1Graduate Student, Industrial Engineering, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA, ialarcon@gepuc.cl
2Senior Project Manager, Sutter Health Facility Planning & Development, ChristD2@sutterhealth.org
3Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and Director, Project Production Systems Laboratory (p2sl.berkeley.edu), 215-A McLaughlin Hall, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1712, Phone +1 510/643-8678, FAX 510/643-8919, tommelein@ce.berkeley.edu

Abstract

This paper presents a case study of the Sutter Medical Center project in Castro Valley, California (SMCCV). This project’s commercial terms are established in an Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA). This project stands out in several ways. One is the way in which the team used visualization tools to create transparency and to establish a common goal for the team. Another one is how the integrated team worked hand-in-hand with representatives of the state permitting agency to develop strategies and work methods to implement the Phased Plan Review (PPR) process. PPR is one option the team and the agency could pursue in unison to result in permitting for construction of this healthcare facility. This paper details the project delivery’s operating system the team put in place in order to obtain increased certainty in the project’s design, permitting, and construction phases. It includes examples regarding the actions team participants took to achieve this objective and relates these actions to lean principles they reinforced throughout their application.

Keywords

Phased Plan Review (PPR), Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA), Design Management, Collaboration, Visualization, Transparency, Permitting, Healthcare Facility, Operating System.

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Alarcon, I. , Christian, D. & Tommelein, I.D. 2011, 'Collaborating with a Permitting Agency to Deliver a Healthcare Project: Case Study of the Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley (SMCCV)' In:, Rooke, J. & Dave, B., 19th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Lima, Peru, 13-15 Jul 2011.

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