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United Excel Wins Two DBIA Mid-America Region 2017 Design-Build Awards

United Excel was recently honored with two regional design-build project awards at the Design-Build Institute of America/Mid-America Region’s (DBIA MAR) 2017 Awards Celebration Gala at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The awards program showcases design-build best practices and celebrates the achievements of owners and design-build teams in five different award categories across the four-state region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Recognized for exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery, the award-winning projects were evaluated by a distinguished panel of industry experts. The selected projects demonstrated design-build through excellence in design, process and teaming, as well as budget and schedule goals and exceeding owner expectations.

United Excel was recognized for its work on the Mike O’Callaghan Medical Center Realignment project at Nellis AFB, Nev. The team received the “Excellence in Design” award for achieving the owner’s overall aesthetic and functional vision through outstanding design as well as the “Honor Award” for attaining the highest score in the healthcare category.

The complex USACE project encompassed the design, construction and outfitting of more than 170,550 sf of space within 26 departments across four different floors, while the hospital remained fully functional throughout the construction process. This extensive renovation modernized the building, increased space efficiencies, developed functional space adjacencies between clinics, consolidated patient services, and improved wayfinding, enabling the accommodation of new technologies, evolving medical practices, staffing increases and mission changes. LEAN process mapping was used to inform the layout of spaces and evaluate different design options.

The project was delivered under the design-build initial outfitting delivery model. Considered the future of health care design, this model involves key multi-disciplinary participants throughout all phases of construction. Integrating all parties from the project’s start is reputed to help reduce risk, minimize uncertainties in design interpretation, create cost savings and lead to a shorter schedule.

Earlier this year, the project received a Best Practice Award from the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers for exceptional pre-project planning and risk assessment.

The award celebration featured tours of the new field and suites, a keynote speech from former University of Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel, a networking reception and an exclusive peek into the new Locker Room Club. United Excel, the prime contractor for the project, attended the event along with its key design partners: KAI Design & Build (engineering design), Pulse Design Group (architectural design), United Excel Design (architectural design) and Mill Creek (medical equipment and furniture planning).

Founded to advocate and advance single source project delivery, DBIA-MAR is a membership organization focused on defining, teaching and promoting best practices in design-build and integrated project delivery.

“We are honored to have been selected for these prestigious awards,” said Dennis Burns, president of United Excel. “This was a very complex project with many challenges. Having a strong team dedicated to excellence in design-build practices allowed us to build a world-class healthcare facility that will provide the best medical care possible for military personnel for years to come.”