BATON ROUGE – DonahueFavret Contractors said it has made significant progress toward completing a 12,000 square foot infusion center for Baton Rouge General and Mary Bird Perkins. The company said this design-build project was challenging due to an accelerated schedule for construction of infusion bays, nursing stations, support rooms and an infusion pharmacy. Infusion equipment required a high level of expertise and significant lead times were needed for specific equipment such as chemo hoods. During construction, DonahueFavret’s team had to navigate the omicron variant of the coronavirus, resulting in a 30% reduction in available laborn.
“Completing a project of this complexity on such a tight timeline is a testament to the excellent collaboration our team has with our architectural partners at WHLC Architecture,” said Bryan Hodnett, Vice President of Business Development at DonahueFavret. “We met all the challenges head on and were able to provide another major boost to the Baton Rouge healthcare community.”
The construction process began with groundbreaking in early October and the construction process began in early November. The project was divided into two different sections: the infusion side where the patients received treatment and the infusion pharmacy where the equipment had to be installed in a timely manner. Reusing existing windows, doors, hardware and bathroom fixtures was key to not only completing the project on time in less than three months, but also reducing overall costs. DonahueFavret partnered with WHLC Architecture to develop design drawings and structural systems for the building, with less than a month to produce construction documents.
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