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Healthcare Facilities Expo Highlights Rush

Healthcare Facilities Expo Highlights Rush
Pepper Construction's Mick Metzger, Navigant Consulting's Michael O'Keefe, Midwest Orthapaedics at Rush's Dennies Viellieu and Perkins + Will's Jerry Johnson
Creative solutions are popping up everywhere at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo at Navy Pier this week. The panel of Pepper Construction's Mick Metzger, Navigant Consulting's Michael O'Keefe, Midwest Orthapaedics at Rush's Dennies Viellieu, and Perkins + Will's Jerry Johnson talked about how to effectively manage a JV medical project. Midwest Orthapaedic is working on a building in conjunction with the new Rush University campus upgrades. Keeping communication open and making sure everyone approves physical building plans was key, Dennis says. Jerry is proud of the new loading docks Perkins + Will designed for the buildings—they're underground (better to have trucks than patients there, we presume) to give more space to delivery trucks, which can make a complete turnaround in the enclosed area.
Ragnar Benson's Scott Solverson and Jim Mahalko
Also on the Rush campus project, Ragnar Benson's  Scott Solverson and Jim Mahalko are working on building out the new tower's top five floors. The patient rooms and offices in the cross-shaped building going up along I-290 near Ashland are slated for completion by the end of 2011, Scott says.