Drawing on the unique experience and backgrounds of our diverse international staff, SBA has developed a range of cutting-edge specialties. With offices in Europe, North America, and Asia, we have accumulated expertise in new and innovative delivery methods (IPD, BIM, and more), planning and development techniques (LEAN), and sustainable design (LEED and BREEAM).
For more details on our distinctive expertise offerings, please visit our information pages on: Alternative Delivery Methods, LEAN Design, Sustainable Design, and Building Information Modeling.
Alternative Delivery Methods
While SBA has effectively managed projects using all available forms of delivery methods, the current trend today is towards an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach for facility development. This trend resonates with the way SBA has conducted projects since the late 1970s, when we were asked to execute six projects for one client using the same construction manager and engineer. Long before IPD became an industry buzzword, we developed a unique teaming approach that has been integrated into our design mission ever since.
Currently, we are using a range of delivery processes, including:
· Construction Management
· Design / Build
· PFI (Publicly Financed Initiative)
· PPP (Public/Private Partnership)
· IPD (Integrated Project Delivery)
· Owner-built using internal resources
In addition to these approaches, we also work with clients who provide an in-house project manager or with consultants providing owner-side project management (OPM) services.
With our wide breadth of experience across multiple market sectors, we appreciate the unique advantages, disadvantages, and nuances of each delivery method, and we can work with clients to determine the best approach for their project. We can even adopt multiple methods for one client to capitalize on the diverse needs of each particular project.
SBA has practiced the application of Lean design concepts throughout all of our diverse planning and healthcare design work. We focus on developing spaces that enhance a coordinated care delivery system and that enrich the organization’s processes and flows to support their unique group structure.
As participants in several client-led Lean events with the Massachusetts Hospital Association Lean Certification programs, we understand both the language and principles of Lean design and can incorporate usage of these techniques throughout all phases of a project. With our extensive project databases, we can facilitate client understanding and introduce new, rapidly-changing technologies and concepts.
通过参与多项由业主主导的精益活动：马萨诸塞医院协会精益认证项目(Massachusetts Hospital Association Lean Certification)，我们掌握了精益设计的语汇和原则，并可在项目各个阶段予以贯彻实施。凭借我们广泛的项目数据库信息，我们可以使业主更容易理解这一理念， 并引入其它不断快速变革的新技术和新理念。
To illustrate our working design concepts to users and clients, we use a variety of visual approaches, including Gemba walks, spaghetti diagrams, mock-ups, and plan cut-outs, along with sketches and photographs. We have found that explaining the intent and criteria of design choices via these methods has greatly enhanced users’ satisfaction with the final product.
SBA participates in the continual improvement of our own in-house processes. Over the past two years, more than half of our staff participated in a series of weekly seminars led by Lean Project Consulting. In these sessions, we emphasized the benefits of early planning integration with owners, contractors, and engineers through Lean Strategies and Integrated Project Delivery methodologies.
Our Lean Coordinator and team for internal Lean events work together to improve our best practices throughout the design process. We typically act as a resource for clients and employees, providing insights into the particular issues that come with designing a building or space, such as locating the building on a site, incorporating regulatory requirements, and working with teams to make sure departments are sized correctly. We use physical mock-ups and discussions to test options that will maximize the efficiency of workflow patterns and create clear circulation routes. We work with clients to continually test our assumptions and tweak the design schemes as needed.
Lean Concepts in Healthcare
Lean design in healthcare was originally based on the Toyota Production System. In healthcare, this translates to a model where the patient is ultimately the customer, and the goal is to minimize the amount of time that is unrelated to the preparation or receiving of direct care. Often, the best results in a Lean organization stem from a collaborative teamwork approach, where we work together to solicit innovation from all members of the team.
Identifying potential issues is the first step in understanding what Lean tools are appropriate to solve each problem, and internal and external communication is paramount in each stage of the Lean process. Using our Lean approach, we work with you to determine the appropriate programmatic requirements tailored to your specific needs, based on our extensive knowledge of healthcare industry standards and trends, current and anticipated regulatory requirements, and evidence-based design. Our goal is to provide a space that is responsive to your current needs with the flexibility to adapt to future evolutions in equipment and practices.
Sustainable practices have always been at the forefront of our design approach. Drawing on our experience with projects in the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia, we consider the environmental, financial, and social implications of our projects from the very beginning. This holistic approach ensures that our projects meet the needs of our clients, their communities, and their environments.
In our diverse work across differing climates and cultural atmospheres, we have been reminded that there is no simple solution or one-size-fits-all approach to sustainable design. Sustainable strategies must be tailored to each site, project type, location, and institutional ethos.
With LEED and/or BREEAM-accredited professionals on every project team, we integrate environmentally-responsible choices into our design, construction, and furnishing standards. We work with our clients to develop the most effective strategies for energy reduction and cost savings. Working with your particular project, we develop solutions that maximize the natural use of shading and ventilation, lighting, and building orientation as well as considering the materials and technical processes that will contribute to the longevity of the building and reduce life-cycle costs.
To date, SBA has completed 20 LEED standard projects in the U.S., including three Gold accreditations, as well as more than a dozen other projects that have been recognized by international sustainability rating systems.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) (UK website only)
SBA changed our documentation platform from Microstation to Revit more than seven years ago. Since then, we have completed multiple projects across various building types using this three-dimensional software tool. Revit’s BIM platform has enabled our design teams and consulting engineers to identify coordination conflicts early in the design process, thus avoiding potential difficulties arising in the field. While BIM is not a perfect solution, it has become an extremely useful tool that our design teams can utilize to resolve engineering, coordination, and installation challenges in order to meet the project’s design objectives.
Post Documentation Coordination
Because we understood early on that BIM would not resolve every conflict nor mitigate all installation issues, we developed an in-person coordination system by which we bring all the designers, builders, and installers together to explore the building model in live working sessions where we try to identify and resolve potential coordination conflicts, constructability issues, and design obstacles.
This method of resolving design and construction issues with all participants located in one place has been in practice in the U.K. for nearly 15 years. This approach is a precursor to the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) system. Using this integrative approach, we have significantly improved our ability to resolve issues prior to installation, reduced the costly changes that often result from coordination issues, and reduced the overall time required for coordination between our design teams and builders.