Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

HARTFORD – St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center received an Excellence in Construction Award and the People’s Choice Award from the Connecticut Association of Builders and Contractors for the Innovation + Learning Center at St. Francis.

The 13,500 square-foot Innovation + Learning Center is home to the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation and was designed by S/L/A/M Construction Services of Glastonbury.

The space includes a collaborative theater to support teaching and training for clinicians and their teams; a simulation studio with a flexible floor plan for patient flow and office redesign analyses, as well as simulations to improve procedural skills, communication and teamwork; and multiple locations for interactive learning, debriefing and high-definition video-conferencing.

The awards were presented at the 12th annual Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony at the AquaTurf in Southington with over 600 industry professionals in attendance.

“This award from the Connecticut Association of Builders and Contractors recognizes St. Francis’ commitment to providing top-quality care in buildings and facilities,” said Bob Falaguerra, vice president of facilities. “The Innovation + Learning Center provides high-tech space where we can focus on the health care needs of patients today and into the future.”

“Our state-of-the-art Innovation + Learning Center allows us to conduct frontline research on health care delivery systems, develop partnerships, and optimize educational opportunities for both trainees and current providers,” said Gregory Makoul, Ph.D., senior vice president, chief innovation officer and chief academic officer. “The features built into this facility help us achieve those goals.”

“SLAM’s ‘Integrated Project Delivery’ process was ideally suited for this project,” said Bob Pulito, AIA, president of The S/L/A/M Collaborative. “Our mission to develop a one-of-a-kind, technically sophisticated facility, on an accelerated schedule, required a delivery process that would allow the design to evolve throughout the construction phase. Working with Greg, Bob and the others at St. Francis, our team of designers and constructors was able to continuously develop and adjust the design to incorporate the latest technologies and innovations right up to final completion and occupancy. This integrated approach and seamless collaboration contributed to a wonderful facility and made for an extremely rewarding team experience.”

The annual CTABC awards event honors construction companies and subcontractors who performed work on outstanding construction projects. The Excellence in Construction winners are projects submitted to this annual competition and judged by an independent panel of judges which include architects, engineers and university professionals. Project submittals must adhere to rigorous application requirements for consideration of the year’s top honors. Contractors must not only demonstrate outstanding quality in construction and references from the project owner, but also rigorous safety performance.