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CEU: Multi-Trade Prefabrication

Improving efficiency, economy and adaptability in complex healthcare facilities.

By Tim Fishking and Ryan Hullinger


Our interest in prefabrication was sparked by a desire to bring efficiency and quality into a complex process, which we knew would bring value to our healthcare clients. We sought to lower construction costs and decrease construction time, while at the same time increasing the performance of intricate building systems. We know that through prefabrication we can improve functionality and aesthetics, and ultimately we can bring order to what has historically been a chaotic process.

Specific to sustainability, we have found that prefabrication offers a number of advantages over conventional construction because it significantly reduces construction waste. In addition, it allows for increased adaptability throughout a hospital’s lifespan, which reduces lifecycle disruption, demolition and waste.

Tim Fishking, AIA,  and Ryan Hullinger, AIA, are principals at NBBJ. photos courtesy NBBJ .

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