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The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center is unique in that it was successfully completed despite the generally held expectation that finishes and tolerances present in this project are not normally achievable in traditional bathroom POD projects. The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center called for the highest quality in custom finishes, applied across three different configurations all of which needed to account for a zero-height transition from room to bathroom. This adaptability is, ultimately, what made this project a reality for the owner and construction management partner. All parties agreed that PODS were the right solution, but it was PIVOTek’s innovation around the no-threshold slab issue that made this project a reality. So much so that The Christ Hospital Group added 30 additional PODS to their original order, for a total of 90 PODS for this particular project.
Hospital grade bathrooms PODS are the most difficult prefabricated PODS to design, produce and install, even more so for specialty hospital facilities such as The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center. For example, accommodations must be made for nurse call, medical gas, and fire protection, all of which must be coordinated into POD design to provide conduits, raceways and other needed spaces for the specialty systems. The most crucial of specialty needs is the need for a no-threshold barrier for wheelchairs and rolling IV trees. In this case, PIVOTek had to account for three inches that were removed from the slab sub-floor. To do this, PIVOTek had to find a solution that removed this floor height while maintaining density and performance. This came in the placement of a one-inch steel plate that was added to the bottom of the POD. This adaptability and design innovation are hallmarks of PIVOTek’s customized approach when taking on individual projects.
Using PODS presents inherent cost savings at every phase of the construction process. There is scalability in the planning process, there is certainty of delivery for the project timeline, there is streamlining of labor hours through seamless installation and, ultimately, there is substantial reduction in on-site waste. PIVOTek delivered on all of these cost savings, but what sets this project apart from even the usual cost effectiveness is the value delivered within each POD. Our PODs allowed for bariatric lifts to be built into the bathroom configuration, as well as, incorporated waste vent stacks. We planned for patient-focused features such as a recessed area for flat screen TVs and, to assist in their actual care, fully equipped nursing station connections. These features and our partnership-first focus created an environment where the client increased their initial POD order by 50% after seeing the the prototype POD that would be used in their facility.