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Radiology Suites Program

Precision Constructors personnel and associates have extensive experience in the design and construction of all types of Radiology suites. The following program outline roughly defines the Design Build of a Computed Tomography (CT) Suite design to serve as an example of our implementation experience.

  

GENERAL

 This program provides the physical and environmental design criteria for Radiology Suites based on the requirements of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and all Local & State Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). The program takes into consideration location, space, power, equipment, floor loading, radiation shielding, the number of patients imaged on a daily basis, and the general environs of the facility.

 The CT suite is designed to meet the facility requirements specified by the client, as well as all applicable laws and regulations and other current standards of practice. We work closely with the facility Owner and Engineering Department to create a controlled environment which will enhance the radiology services provided by the facility.

 The CT Suite will include (at a minimum) a waiting area, an accessible bathroom, equipment room, a shielded control room, and a shielded scan room with hand washing lavatory and casework for supplies storage.

 

 PROGRAM

 

1          Site Survey

1.1        Evaluate the design requirements relative to the AIA Design Guidelines and pertaining to the local and state AHJ laws and regulations. 

1.2        Perform a physical inspection to determine all existing conditions including layout & dimensions, and mechanical, plumbing, electrical & lighting systems. Include a usage survey of all surrounding spaces. 

1.3        Conduct an operational survey to determine traffic flow patterns, and the expected number of scans performed on a daily basis. 

1.4        Establish the CT equipment specifications with the Owner. 

 

2          Design & Estimating

2.1        Take survey results to the Architectural and Engineering (A/E) design review phase. Establish the baseline design criteria and order schematics. Provide a detailed rough estimate of the anticipated total cost of the project to the Owner for approval. 

2.2        Coordinate with the Owner and the CT equipment supplier to establish the equipment specifications and site specific drawings from the CT supplier. 

2.3        Perform 50%, 80% and 95% complete design reviews and work with the A/E team to complete a schematic design that is ready for Owner Review. 

2.4        Perform design review with the Owner to establish a set of final review comments for the A/E team. 

2.5        Coordinate the completion of the final set of permit ready construction documents. 

 

3          Shielding Design

3.1        Obtain proposals from Physicist groups to evaluate the spaces and equipment for the lead Shielding Design. 

3.2         Provide Owner with the selected Shielding Design proposal and a contract with the Physicist group for execution. 

3.3        Coordinate the Shielding Design with the Physicist including a review of the floor plans, exposure calculations, and proposed shielding thickness designations. 

3.4        Obtain the formal Shielding Design and present to the Owner for Submittal to the local AHJ as required. 

 

4          Plan Review & Permitting

4.1        Establish all permitting requirements with local and state authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ). 

4.2        Coordinate formal permit request submittals to all appropriate AHJ. 

4.3        Receive all plan review comments from the AHJ and coordinate formal responses with the A/E team and the Physicist group.  See the permitting process all the way through to the issuance of all permits required to commence construction. 

 

5          Project Schedule & Contract

5.1        Coordinate the development of an appropriate AIA contract for execution with the Owner. 

5.2        Work with the Owner and the CT equipment supplier to establish and issue a formal Project Schedule for Owner review and approval.  This Schedule will become a formal exhibit to the AIA contract. 

5.3        Coordinate the development of the AIA contract language so that it is mutually agreeable to all parties. 

5.4        Review the AIA contract in detail with the Owner prior to execution.  

 

6          Construction Management

6.1        Perform all required construction administration and project management including: 

6.2        Project Schedule coordination with the subcontractors, CT equipment supplier, and the facility staff 

6.3        Implementation of all required Interim Life Safety Measures and Infection Control Precautions in accordance with the facility’s Environment of Care guidelines. 

6.4        Request for Information (RFI) coordination for the Owner and the Design Team

6.5        Review of all Change Order requests and conditions with Design Team and Owner. 

6.6        Provide regular Status Reports to the Owner including photographic project documentation 

6.7        Progressive on site meetings and tours with the Owner as requested 

6.8        Monitoring and reporting of all required progressive Inspections by the AHJ. 

 

7          Certification and Shielding Verification

7.1        Before the new CT Suite can be utilized, a formal radiological survey will be required to determine the adequacy of the shielding.  This will be coordinated with a qualified medical Physicist: 

7.2        Obtain and present to the Owner a proposal from a qualified medical Physicist to perform a lead shielding verification survey. 

7.3        Coordinate scheduling of the shielding verification survey with the Physicist, the CT equipment representative, and the Owner's staff as part of the initial start up of the equipment. 

7.4        Obtain a formal Shielding Verification Report and present to the Owner.

 

8          Project Closeout

8.1        Coordination of Project closeout documentation including Maintenance & Operations Manuals

8.2        Coordinate Staff training on the operation of all newly installed systems

8.3        Final turn over of the completed project to the Owner