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Exterior Finishes Selection

Facility name: Menorah Medical Center

Project name: MENORA-092018M-Bed Tower Expansion
Location: OVERLAND PARK, KS
Project classification: Hospital – Horizontal Expansion
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 0972300007
Lesson Learned number: 103
Impact: Cost, Schedule


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

During the EDI process there was a lot of emphasis put into the main skin finish selection, for precast and EIFS, while the metal panels, louvers, curtainwall, and misc. finishes were not selected.  The intent was for the exterior finishes to match the existing building but was not noted as such in the Construction Documents.  This caused the GC and architect to spend a lot of time reviewing samples in order to find the appropriate color for the exterior finishes.  The result of this process was added cost, and lead time for material procurement, due to selecting a custom color.


Suggested Actions for Future Projects

When new construction is tying into an existing building exterior finishes should be selected during design.  For an accurate color match, and to appropriately account for associated cost, the CDs should indicate the manufacturer and color to match.


Actions Taken / Current Status

HCA comment:  The preferred method is the design team details matching or coordinated colors with existing building exterior finishes for the new finish details when possible.

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