KBR’s Building Group was awarded a contract by Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) to provide preconstruction and construction services at its Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, North Carolina. To help ensure smooth project delivery, KBR selected NextPlans to manage bid documents, contract documents and project documents.
NextPlans helped KBR gain efficiency by replacing a cumbersome and time consuming FTP site and document management process with their online construction management technology solution. NextPlans was responsible for securely storing and distributing all project information to all project participants. This included: Bid Documents, Contract Documents, ASIs, CCDs, PCOs, MEP Coordination and other miscellaneous close-out information. This project included over 1,200 potential change orders. “We were able to offer direct access to project information to all project participants,” said Socha. “Opening up our internal infrastructure has proven hard on other jobs so it has been nice to have a reliable web-based platform that is built for storage and distribution.” NextPlans staff also provided time saving resources for KBR to help keep the project on schedule. “Indirectly, having a staff at our disposal to format and index information to the specfications that we need to have it for future turn-over to our client is nice,” Socha noted. “The NextPlans group provided all end user support freeing up what would have been our time spent on our own FTP site.” In addition to saving time and money by improving communication and project collaboration, NextPlans enabled KBR to help the environment. According to Socha, “We actually, during the pre-construction phase of this project alone, eliminated the printing of 1.5 million square feet of paper sparing 18 trees (based on the USGBC guideline of 2 million square feet equals 22 trees).” The project includes 245,000 square-feet of new construction which includes a new 114-bed patient tower, a maternity center expansion, and a surgery addition. The project also includes 56,000-square-feet of phased renovations throughout the facility. Construction is underway and is slated for completion by November 2012.