160 www. bus- ex. com JANUARY 10 themes, such as a waterfall display or a large fish tank. Noting that some 60 percent of the patient population is of Asian descent- the facility is located not far from the Chinatown section of Manhattan- Palace says the interior redesign was done in consultation with experts in feng shui. The overall design philosophy, he adds, is about creating a more calming, relaxing environment for patients and visitors. " There is a much larger cultural change to how the facilities are being run, and the design and the construction details are all part of that. Gouverneur feels that just because it's a government facility, that doesn't mean it can't have the same amenities and feel as a private care facility." For instance, kitchen areas on each residence floor will have the feel of a small bistro, creating a more serene feel than the older, institutional look. Because it's a public project, all contracts were competitive bid and all contracts are with the Dormitory Authority, but Palace says the slowed building market
Several of the subcontractors have worked with Hunter Roberts in the past, including glass contractor W& W, which is building the large curtain wall on the project, and Weir Welding, a contractor on the steel portion of the project. " We were looking at a 48- month schedule and some sub packages that were worth $ 15 million to $ 20 million, and not every firm out there can handle that." " This is a very important project for Hunter Roberts," Palace continues, " because it allows us to further demonstrate our healthcare project expertise. We've gotten great cooperation from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, the architects and the entire Gouverneur facilities team. I think everybody realizes that this is one of the more difficult projects going on in the city in the healthcare area, or in terms of vertical construction in general, and everyone sees that the end result will be something that is better for everyone involved." Hunter Roberts Construction Group: Gouverneur Healthcare Services JANUARY 10 www. bus- ex. com 161 in Manhattan helped drive interest in the project and expanded the pool of firms bidding on each contract package. Seven of the nine bid packages put on the street in 2009 drew bids below budget levels. "" You've got a 24/ 7 operating facility, and you've also got a complete infrastructure upgrade. You have to take the time to figure out where you can keep equipment up and running while those parallel systems are put in place and connections are made"