Cornerstone collaborated with Livingston Slone for the design and construction of this 3-story building dedicated to housing the UAA School of Nursing, WWAMI School of Medical Education, and related Health Science programs. This is a complex flexibility, with spaces devoted to faculty and administration, medical training, laboratory, auditorium style classrooms, public meeting rooms, and a variety of support areas. The “real world” purpose of this experiential teaching facility made the coordination of work among the trades as technically complex as our hospital projects.
The second floor houses real world training rooms, which mimic the medical environment found at a hospital or clinic, including phlebotomy stations similar to those used in nearby hospitals. Training rooms include working patient beds, headwalls with all medical gas connections, and diagnostic tools. There is also a gross anatomy lab used primarily by WWAMI students studying cadavers. This lab has an isolated HVAC system separate from other areas of the building.
Value engineering efforts on this project and positive input from all team members resulted in savings of more than $1M in preliminary construction costs. In particular, and due to a cooperative team environment, Cornerstone was able to schedule the civil site work and foundation work in a fast-tracked package once the utilities and foundation designs were complete. This allowed Cornerstone to complete more than $30M worth of construction in just 16 months.