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Survey shows hot markets for healthcare construction in 2010

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

According to a survey done by ZweigWhite, over half of architecture and engineering firms see the West Coast as the action market for healthcare construction in 2010.

The ZweigWhite quarterly report Market Advisor will publish the results of the survey.

According to a press release, “over half of respondents to the healthcare survey said that the West Coast is where the work is, with 28% saying the Southwest is the hottest geographic area, and 24% pointing to the Northwest. The Northeast and the Midwest, both at 16%, also fared well. Only 4% respondents pointed to the international arena as where they see potential in 2010.

“Southern California is an active aging market,” says Edward Caruana, president of c|a Architects from Long Beach, CA. “We feel health facilities whatever complexion they take on in the future will be needed in this busy area.”

Among significant findings:

  • 37% of respondents are optimistic about healthcare being a hot market this year, but 40% are in the “wait and see mode,” and 23% are not touching it.
  • 44% of respondents say new hospital projects will lead health care in 2010, a significant percentage (32%) say they will work mostly on renovations and upgrades, due to lack of funding for all-new facilities.
  • 67% of respondents pointed to lack of financing as the biggest hindrance to this market in 2010.”

Integrated Project Delivery – is it possible?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

At the Bentley Be Inspired: Infrastructure Best Practices Symposium and Awards in Charlotte, NC this past week, an Executive Roundtable discussion included Bentley customers, employees and the press in what turned out to be a discussion of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and what that means to different stakeholders.

One participant said Integrated Project Delivery “doesn’t make it” outside the U.S. Another said that legality and risk make it “difficult” to do IPD. Someone offered that structural engineers are able to do IPD more easily.

The hope among some was that as BIM is better understood, then the BIM model will be relied upon for accuracy. But BIM really asks architects to be as rigid as engineers, and one participant said “architects aren’t usually that explicit.”

This topic was addressed in the AECWeekly article, The Road to AEC Project Execution Success, which drew from a study contracted by software company Newforma, and written by Bruce Jenkins, principal of Spar Point Research.

The study entitled “Mitigating Risk in AEC Project Execution: Perspectives from Principals, Counsel and Insurers,” took a fresh look at the industry from three stakeholder viewpoints.

http://www10.aeccafe.com/nbc/articles/view_weekly.php?section=Magazine&articleid=607727

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