Plano-Coudon Assumes New Role at GBMC

In its new role as an owner’s representative and construction project manager for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) Real Estate Committee, Plano-Coudon Construction sees an opportunity to leverage its healthcare construction expertise to contain costs and deliver high-quality projects to an independent hospital.

“This is a different role for us. It’s much closer involvement with the hospital then you have as a general contractor,” said Adam Bell, project executive and a specialist in healthcare construction. “It’s exciting. I think we can contribute a lot of valuable knowledge to GBMC in this role.”

As an owner’s representative, Plano-Coudon will collaborate with the GBMC Real Estate Committee to plan construction projects then oversee project completions at all GBMC facilities outside the hospital. Those include three medical office buildings/physician pavilions on the GBMC campus and, off-campus offices of GBMC physician practices..

As a general contractor and construction manager for GBMC, Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Lifebridge Health and other medical facilities, Plano-Coudon has built expertise in the rigors of healthcare construction and the realities of pricing and scheduling healthcare projects, Bell said.  As a construction manager for the State of Maryland, the company has also gained heightened skills at vetting bidders and securing best values on any competitive construction bid, he added.

“We can make sure GBMC gets best value when they procure construction services,” Bell said. “We can also be more involved in front-end design, making sure that when we bid out jobs, we are capturing all the costs up front and reducing the eventual amount of change orders.”

Those savings, Bell said, are especially important to a client like GBMC. “They are a small, independent hospital, not part of a big system. They have to really watch their dollars to stay competitive in the current healthcare market.”

In addition, Plano-Coudon expects to leverage its experience as a healthcare general contractor to connect GMBC with high-quality subcontractors. The company is also continuing to build its healthcare expertise in-house, Bell said. Plano-Coudon recently hired two superintendents who have devoted their careers to healthcare construction. Bell, a longtime member of the Chesapeake Area Society of Healthcare Engineers and a licensed professional engineer, said Plano-Coudon also regularly sends employees to training sessions on infection control, interim life safety measures, and other healthcare construction topics.

“Healthcare construction is a challenging specialty,” Bell said. “But we are trained in it and we have people who absolutely love it.”