Olsson Associates


Olsson expands technology capabilities for hospital design

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mary Sullivan, Communications

Rendering of Box Butte General Hospital (Photo courtesy of CMBA)For Olsson’s Structural team, designing a $30 million hospital addition for Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Nebraska, is an opportunity to transition to the next generation of structural design.

“It’s a very challenging project in the sense that a hospital, by its nature, demands very close coordination between all the different players on the design-build team,” said Scott Birney, associate engineer for Olsson’s Structural team. “We’ve had the chance to increase our 3-D analysis and building information modeling (BIM) capabilities to meet the demands of the project. As projects move more and more to design-build, we have to be able to respond quickly to accommodate changes, as well as minimize conflicts in the field.”

Box Butte General Hospital serves a large portion of western Nebraska, as well as areas into South Dakota. The regional hospital is expanding to meet the area’s increasing healthcare needs and will be expanding and remodeling between 80,000 and 90,000 square feet.

Olsson was awarded the project because of ongoing relationships with the hospital; the construction manager, Beckenhauer Construction; and the architect, Cannon Moss Brygger and Associates (CMBA).

“The hospital had a good relationship with Olsson’s Mechanical/Electrical team from previous work, and they recommended Olsson to the project’s architectural team. The Structural team has also worked closely for years with CMBA and Beckenhauer,” Scott said. “They have been pleased with their working relationships with Olsson in the past.”

Ground breaking for the project was held on October 1, 2013. The Olsson team has been working on the design phase since February 2013 and expects to finalize construction documents within the next month. Olsson will be providing civil, mechanical/electrical, and structural services, Scott said.

Scott estimates construction will be substantially completed by the end of 2015.

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