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June 2013 - Volume 9 - Issue 12


OHL – Arellano Provides Experience + Service

New construction or renovation is generally commenced only after much deliberation, and after expenditures are carefully scrutinized; therefore a premium is placed on companies that have considerable experience and offer value-added services. OHL – Arellano Construction Co. has been in business for 40 years, and the combination of the company's experience and service is why it continues to flourish.
Founded by Agustin Arellano as Arellano Construction Co. in 1973, and having entered into an alliance with OHL – a leading, global health care firm – in 2008, the company foresees health care construction in South Florida growing in 2013. OHL – Arellano will be heavily involved with that construction and will incorporate its expertise, which is an essential element for success, from the very beginning of the project.
Some of the areas where OHL – Arellano predicts growth is in off-campus hospital expansion projects to meet space demands for robotics, cutting-edge technologies, simulation centers, energy reduction, and the like. Additional anticipated trends include medical office buildings being designed for higher acute care; new uses for freestanding emergency departments; more repurposing of existing buildings; and a significant rise in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Before starting on any project, OHL – Arellano offers invaluable preconstruction advice, which includes cost consulting, schedule development, estimating services, design phase budgeting, value engineering, and code compliance. One example is how the firm establishes accurate, early estimates and schedules. Specifically, the preconstruction and construction division uses its market-condition experience and extensive resources to provide the best pricing and technical support for clients.
Spearheading the preconstruction department is Arthur Hoynack, Vice President of Preconstruction Services, who joined the Arellano firm more than 20 years ago. "The health care sector generally requires highly specialized electromechanical designs, and we have extensive expertise to address those technical challenges with emerging technology."
One of those technologies includes Building Information Modeling, or BIMs. This process involves generating and managing digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of buy pain pills online; it enables contractors to visualize, coordinate, and improve their construction process, and gives owners the ability to manage building spaces, assets and equipment.
Hoynack said, "Our understanding and experience allows us to deliver quality workmanship effectively and on time. Forecasting cost during preconstruction, understanding the market, and vendor relationships create predictability. Our team follows the construction commodities market very closely, factoring in inflation for both material and labor cost to every project budget. We reduce client risk through our experience and worldwide network of suppliers. OHL – Arellano's escalation cost is based on research and experience, not just on an arbitrary percentage added to the project cost."
Another area of OHL – Arellano's value-added services is its Tax Savings Program. For tax-exempt clients, each subcontract is processed through the Program so that all major purchases of equipment and materials are executed as direct purchases by the owner to maximize sales tax savings. All coordination of delivery, compliance with contract documents, and invoice approval is administrated by OHL – Arellano. By doing so, OHL – Arellano manages to save its construction clients an average of 2 percent to 3 percent in tax savings – a service that sets the company apart from its competitors.
Some of the firm's projects include completed construction of the Green Cove Springs Council on Aging, which was handled out of OHL – Arellano's Jacksonville office. The work consisted of a 17,500 sq. ft. addition, and 7,500 sq. ft. of renovation to the existing Green Cove Springs Senior Center. Completed at the end of 2012, the Clay County-owned Senior Center provides a dining/banquet room, activity rooms, and administration and transportation offices.
OHL - Arellano broke ground in April for the CM at Risk project Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute Expansion & Renovation. Located in Miami on Baptist Hospital’s main campus, this three-story, 100,000 sq. ft. project will expand the Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute to include four interventional procedure suites; an enlarged gallery viewing area for greater teaching and learning opportunities; and new programs and centers, such as National Center for Aneurysm Therapy and the Center for Advanced Endovascular Therapies.
Expansion of the Baptist Hospital Surgery Center will include six additional operating rooms for neuroscience, cardiac and robotic surgery; 19 new pre op/PACU bays to support operating rooms; and a new lobby, surgery waiting and registration area.
A further project will create the Marcus Neuroscience Institute as an addition on Boca Raton Regional Hospital's main campus. The 52,000 sq. ft. addition will serve as a state-of-the-art care center for neurological and neurosurgical patients, and house 22 neuroscience intensive care and step-down beds. All rooms will be equipped with special monitoring capabilities that provide vital information on the patient’s neurological and cardiovascular functions. Two neuroscience operating rooms are planned, as well as several CEP mechanical and electrical upgrades, and expansion of emergency gear.
These projects are additional opportunities for OHL – Arellano to showcase its experience and provide services to pleased customers.

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