In general, the equipment is one of the largest components of a project's cost. During master planning and programming phases our team prepares an order-of-magnitude equipment estimate to assist in evaluating costs associated with various stacking or phasing options. Estimates can be driven by the number of major rooms or from more detailed room-by-room programs. Our team reviews the program and validates that the client has considered all applicable technologies for current and future planning.
During schematics our equipment planners review the critical room dimensions, overall function, flow and general flexibility of the plan to integrate equipment needs. A responsibility matrix defining both owner- and contractor-provided equipment is reviewed, as well as initial equipment lists and budget reports. As the project begins to take shape, our team provides early equipment information to assist the architects and engineers in sizing the building infrastructure. We lead discussions related to applicable technologies for the medical or research programs.
Equipment Collaborative planners attend Design Development work sessions with architects and facilitate discussions on technical equipment to lay out the functional requirements of the room. Major movable and fixed equipment is shown on the drawings as well as typical minor movable equipment that requires space or that has an impact on the functional assumptions. Room-by-room equipment listings are reviewed with the plans. An equipment workbook with product data sheets is issued for use by the project team and owner.
Architecturally significant equipment is the primary focus for coordination of architectural clearances, blocking, and utilities provided by other disciplines. Our team works collaboratively to set critical dimensions for ceiling and wall mounted equipment and to take a hands-on approach to verify coordination between furniture, IT communications equipment and other specialties. Movable equipment validation meetings are typically conducted to finalize the list and estimate.
Our team reviews equipment vendor submittals against the specifications and plans. Construction correspondence and site observations related to medical equipment are routed through the architect. If our team is providing installation management services, related activities occur during this phase and provide logistical management for owner-furnished equipment to be on-site when the contractor needs it.