Much like the pre-construction and construction phases, there is no definitive line that separates construction from post-construction. On the contrary, Hunter Roberts often begins the post-construction processes on portions of a building while other areas are still undergoing construction. For instance, commissioning of mechanical systems starts long before substantial completion and floor-by-floor commissioning of a project. This is particularly applicable on projects with an aggressive schedule, with multiple phases that require portions to be signed off, open to the public while the rest of the project is finished, or projects with unique requirements, such as healthcare facilities.

Plans are established during pre-construction to define the specific procedures for inspections, equipment start-up and commissioning, agency sign-offs, and building turnover. Our goal is to ensure the orderly progress of construction completion and post-construction procedures within the limits of the project schedule. The key element of successful punch list and close-out is to solve issues as they come up in order to reveal a clear path to project completion. Our commissioning plans give Owners all the tools they need to open, operate, and maintain their facilities by providing future testing and inspection milestones, operation and maintenance manuals, as-built drawings and BIM models, and any Owner-specific requirements.

Post-construction and close-out processes for healthcare facilities are naturally more complex than a typical commercial or residential building. There are more systems requiring commissioning, training, and handover, and added layers of approvals through the Department of Health and local agencies. Healthcare projects wholly or partially funded by Federal Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL) Grants have the additional requirement of being completed before funding expires, which adds urgency to all phases of the project.

Hunter Roberts worked with Ewing Cole, Highland Architects, and Clark Patterson Associates to provide construction management services for five HEAL Grant projects at St. Luke’s Cancer Center’s Cornwall and Newburgh, NY, campuses. Each of the projects, which totaled more than 34,500 GSF and $16 million, were performed over multiple phases an adjacent to occupied areas of the hospital. Areas involved in the scope included renovations to the Ambulatory Surgery Unit, Pharmacy expansion, renovation to the hospital’s Clinical Laboratory, a full renovation to the Main Lobby, and a new state-of-the-art Infusion Treatment Program. HEAL requirements mandated an increased local business participation and specific bidding requirements, as well as increased oversight and documentation. Post-construction processes were fast-tracked and staggered as work was completed to meet both HEAL Grant deadlines and to return space to the hospital for public use as quickly as possible.

Hunter Roberts created a commissioning matrix and compiled associated documentation to track all aspects of post-construction, including final contract values and change orders, punch lists, M/E/P system validation and training, and final inspections. Training of facility engineers was scheduled through equipment manufacturers and installers. Copies of all equipment warrantees and guarantees were supplied to St. Luke’s, as were lists of surplus attic stock, as-built drawings, and keys to limited-access areas.