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LCI Congress Panel: How 3D Model Coordination Eliminates Risks from Challenging Healthcare Renovations

vPlanner Project Director Matthew Jogan will co-present on a panel at the 19th Annual LCI Congress, the premier Lean event of the year hosted by the Lean Construction Institute. Titled “How 3D Model Coordination Eliminates Risks from Challenging Healthcare Renovations”, the discussion will center on the benefits of 3D model integration, particularly in overcoming the challenges inherent in healthcare renovation projects. 

The impact of healthcare reform and limited opportunities for large capital expenditures have prompted hospital owners to explore projects that retrofit and update aging facilities to meet the changing needs of their patients and staff. While renovation projects may save money and time compared to new construction, there are significant risks and challenges in dealing with complicated site conditions and achieving uninterrupted hospital functionality. 

One such project is the Sutter Health Alta Bates South Wing Renovation project, which is scheduled to build three programmatically distinct sub-projects (dietary department, MRI suite, and doctors lounge) within a 25,000 SF contiguous existing ground floor of the 1978 Merritt building at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Campus in Oakland, California. 

3D model integration and coordination have been critical to remove potential risks that stem from existing constraints prevalent in aging healthcare facilities. Undocumented existing conditions on site, the need to design new extensive MEP systems with low existing floor-to-floor heights, site adjacencies to highly active, complex spaces, and the need to adhere to a strict compliance schedule are all factors common in healthcare renovation work. Additionally, vPlanner has been used on the project for collaborative design and construction planning.

For the Sutter project, through model-based workflows, it was possible to identify structural conditions and existing MEP systems not represented in as-builts, and to analyze how to site complex medical equipment such as MRI units to avoid interference with other systems and equipment. This ability to identify risks through 3D model coordination, both in existing conditions and design, in present and future states, is crucial to a successful renovation project in healthcare.


  • Nicholas Grage, IntegraBIM
  • Matthew Jogan, Ghafari Management Services
  • Brett Paloutzian, HED Architects
  • Shurid Rahman, Sutter Health