AcornVac - A Medical Facility Money Saving Secret

by JRSBlogWriter June 20, 2017

What if you could lease Class A medical facility space at Class B office building rates without sacrificing state of the art enhancements?

Well, The Polyclinic and its mechanical contractor, MacDonald-Miller figured out how to do just that.

Polyclinic Medical Facility Cost Savings

The Polyclinic is a physician owned, multi-specialty medical clinic with 17 locations in and around the Seattle area.  When choosing a location, they take a very strategic approach.

First, they select an area where they can fill a need and then they find the most accessible location for their physicians and patients. For their newest office in Northgate, The Polyclinic had their sights on a standard office building located near a mall and a busy transit center. The fact that it was a Class B office building meant lease rates would be significantly lower than a Class A medical building.

But, therein lies the challenge. Office buildings are designed to accommodate cubicles and offices that contain computers and copiers. When it comes to plumbing, you have a stack of restrooms, and maybe a kitchen area.

Polyclinic was building 130 exam rooms in 65,000 square feet of space. That space would include 114 exam sinks, 14 lavatory sinks, and 14 toilets. They were going to have to build an entire plumbing infrastructure where one did not previously exist. The Polyclinic also wanted their space to change as their needs changed.

Polyclinic Interior of Medical Facility

Medical facility improvements have a twenty to twenty-five-year life expectancy, but they come at a price. In fact, medical improvements can be double, sometimes triple, that of standard office improvements. For that reason alone, Polyclinic did not want to see the Northgate location becoming obsolete as their practice grows and changes. Considering that every change they make affects the plumbing infrastructure, a cost-effective, flexible solution was crucial.

Raw Space To State of the Art Medical Clinic In Just Three Months

The Polyclinic turned to their mechanical contractor, MacDonald-Miller to come up with a better solution. MacDonald-Miller had heard of the AcornVac vacuum plumbing system and thought it might be exactly what was needed.

They could easily install the system at a lower cost and in a much shorter timeline than a gravity system. Additionally there would be no disruption to other tenants in the building, because it would be entirely contained in The Polyclinic space. It would also provide Polyclinic the flexibility it was looking for.AcornVac Medical Facility Construction Money Savings

Steve Amann, project executive at MacDonald-Miller said that short timeline and reduced cost was due to three major factors. First, installing the backbone systems and overhead takes less time than a gravity system. Second, they were able to eliminate slab and trench work. Third, they reduced overtime costs because they didn’t have to work around other tenants schedules.

Amann feels The Polyclinic Northgate Plaza is an excellent economic case study for other healthcare providers. It demonstrates the ability to take advantage of standard office building lease rates, which are twenty to thirty percent lower than medical office buildings.

AcornVac Vac Center in Polyclinic Medical Facility

For more information on Polyclinic’s flexible approach, the sanitary advantages of an AcornVac system, and how MacDonald-Miller worked with Seattle building inspectors, download the full case study here.