Balfour Resource Group selected for phase II at world’s largest healthcare construction project

cleveland-clinic-abu-dhabi-hdr_image_7 Balfour Resource Group to provide activation planning services to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Nashville, Tenn. – November 20, 2013 – Cleveland Clinic chose Balfour Resource Group (BRG) to continue to head up planning the activation of the new Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, one of Abu Dhabi’s flagship healthcare projects and, at 2.2 million square feet, the largest healthcare construction project in the world. “We have a long history of working with Cleveland Clinic in the United States,” said Edward Hernandez, Senior Vice President of Balfour Resource Group. “Continuing that relationship and expanding to international markets is both a pleasure for us as a company but also an honor.” Currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is located on Al Maryah Island in the heart of the city’s new central business district. Designed by the architecture firm HDR, the new 364-bed facility is expandable to 490 beds. During the first phase of the project, BRG developed the master activation schedule, which encompassed the five institutes of Digestive Diseases, Eye, Heart and Vascular, Neurology and Neurosciences, and Respiratory and Critical Care. BRG will provide activation oversight, which includes providing subject matter expertise in overall activation strategy, structure and implementation. Responsibilities will also include planning and scheduling of building and operational activation as well as management of the building load and logistics, building readiness, orientation and training. “Expanding to the international market will allow us to bring our knowledge and experience from working with some of the best-of-the-best in the healthcare industry in the U.S.,” said Hernandez. “I look forward to our team becoming a member of the team and utilizing our tools to support this most important project.” Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi represents a collaborative effort between Mubadala Development Company, a government-owned investment and development company, and Cleveland Clinic to build a multi-specialty tertiary center and adjacent clinic in the United Arab Emirates that will bring high-quality medicine to Abu Dhabi and the rest of the Middle Eastern region.

Seventh Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Raises $15,000


October 7, 2013 – The Nashville offices of Balfour Resource Group (BRG) and Balfour Beatty Construction (BBC) came together to raise money for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with their seventh annual golf tournament. As one of only 80 facilities that is ranked in at least 10 specialties by U.S. News and World Report, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is highly regarded in the nation as one of the best children’s hospitals. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is a place to hope and a place to heal for patients and families. It provides the best treatment and offers a variety of family accommodations to help fulfill its mission of family-centered care. The hospital is also a teaching and research facility, training many of the future’s top pediatric physicians. The research that is conducted at MCJCH at Vanderbilt is helping shape the way the nation cares for children. More than 90 golfers enjoyed the clear, sunny day by participating in the tournament, raising more than $15,000 to donate to the hospital. “You could not have asked for a better day,” said Bob Kiger, Vice President of Operations for BBC. “We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors. We appreciate their generous donations and support.” Hole sponsors included Alexander Metals Inc.; Baker Roofing; Berchthold; Corporate Cleaning; Earl Swensson Associates; Enterprise Electric; Fire Stop Technologies, Inc.; Isenhour Door Products; KHS&S Contractors, Inc.; Nashville Machine Company, Inc.; Project Controls Management; Steel Service; Storage Systems; Waltek; Wolfe and Travis Electric. BECA Commercial Flooring Group and Steel Service sponsored the beverage and snack carts. Lunch was provided by Jersey Mikes, and dinner was sponsored by Karl Storz.

BRG and Joint Venture Partners Awarded Military Projects

Balfour Resource Group to provide medical equipment planning, procurement, implementation and transition planning services

Nashville, Tenn. – October 1, 2013 –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Alabama, has awarded BTF Solutions, a joint venture including Balfour Resource Group, two contracts for initial outfitting and transition (IO&T) planning.

“The two contracts add to our military healthcare portfolio, which is one of our goals for growing our business” said Edward Hernandez, Senior Vice President of Balfour Resource Group. “Teaming with others allows us to provide the government with a full turnkey approach.”

As part of the joint venture BTF Solutions, BRG will be providing equipment planning and purchasing as well as transition planning services at the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick and the Keller Army Community Hospital Clinic addition at West Point. Additional IO&T services will be provided by BRG’s partners.

“We feel it is a great honor to be awarded projects that serve our military,” said Brian Mallady, Director of Government Services for BRG.

The new research laboratory at Fort Detrick in Maryland consists of approximately 947,000 square feet and is the premier biodefense laboratory for the Department of Defense and part of the National Interagency Biodefense Campus. Functions in the new facility include Biological Safety Level (BSL)-2  labs; BSL-3E labs; BSL-4 labs; as well as veterinary medicine; extensive ABSL-2, ABSL-3 and ABSL-4 laboratories; animal holding suites and support services.

At the Keller Army Community Hospital Clinic in West Point, New York, BRG will provide equipment planning, equipment purchasing and transition planning services for the 52,000-square-foot addition. The addition includes primary care, orthopedics/podiatry, physical therapy, optometry, ophthalmology, TRICARE services center and administrative support space.

BRG’s service contract at West Point runs through the remainder of 2013 until April 2014, and staff from BRG will be involved at Fort Detrick until Fall 2016.

Williamson Medical Center selects BRG

Balfour Resource Group awarded the medical equipment planning services for hospital expansion

Nashville, Tenn. – June 28, 2013 –Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. selected Balfour Resource Group to provide medical equipment planning services for the more than 103,000-square-foot hospital expansion.

“We are excited to work with Williamson Medical Center on this project,” said Edward Hernandez, Senior Vice President of Balfour Resource Group. “Working with an organization that is as connected to the community as Williamson is, is a treat. Add in the fact that it’s in our backyard and the healthcare provider for some of our employees, and I think we’re a perfect team.”

The new expansion includes upgraded surgical suites and an adjoining tower for pediatric services, which will bear the name, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center.

Through a strategic affiliation agreement between Williamson Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, provides for a collaborative approach between WMC and Vanderbilt physicians and staff. Already treating more than 6,000 children annually, the new tower will expand the pediatric services to the area.

BRG sponsors Pebble Project Colloquium

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The Balfour Resource Group team celebrates a job well done on the transition from the old to the new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Pictured (from left to right): Edward Hernandez, Ryan Frymire, Stacey Tarver, Jeff Lintzenich, Janice Gatti, Kathlyn Keogh and Tyler Winston.

BRG sponsors Pebble Project Colloquium

May 14, 2013 – Chicago, Illinois – As the one year anniversary of the move from Children’s Memorial Hospital to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago approaches, Balfour Resource Group celebrated by sponsoring the Pebble Partner Colloquium and Pebble-in-Practice Workshop.

The two-day event brought 17 expert practitioners together to share their research-based knowledge, case studies, lessons learned, methodologies and solutions.

“Assisting in the planning of the transition and move to the new hospital, we are proud to be a member of this elite team,” said Edward Hernandez, Senior Vice President of Balfour Resource Group. “Sharing information and best practices with some of the best in the business allows us to stay on the front lines of the healthcare industry. It allows us to be a better partner and ally to our healthcare clients.”

BRG, a leading healthcare equipment, technology and transition planning service firm, worked with hospital staff for more than 36 months planning every step of the move—from staff to contents including nearly 5,000 pieces of medical equipment to furniture and patients.

The colloquium and workshop was held in Chicago, as members of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago team presented on their experiences designing, building, planning and preparing for operations the new 288-bed pediatric facility.

The hospital’s Maureen Mahoney, BSN, RN, Chief of New Hospital Transition and Occupancy Planning, discussed the role transition planning plays in becoming a world-class pediatric hospital.

“We could not have achieved the level of success on this project without the expertise and assistance from Balfour Resource Group,” said Mahoney. “They helped us understand what we didn’t know, which kept us out of harm’s way.”

The move consisted of 127 patients, 14 hours, 27 ambulances and one police escort, but there were no safety issues, which make it a successful event.

Since the new facility opened, Lurie Children’s Hospital has been awarded with several accolades including the Joint Commission’s Top Performer for Key Quality Measures; the Children’s Hospital Association’s CARE Award, Champion of Analytics and Research Excellence; the 2013 ICU Design Citation Award co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Institute of Architects Academy; and the Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll for 2012-2013 by the U.S. News and World Report.

Chattanooga’s Memorial Health Care System selects BRG

Balfour Resource Group to provide transition planning services for Phase II of facility expansion

Nashville, Tenn. – January 14, 2013 –Memorial Health Care System (MCHS)selected Balfour Resource Group (BRG)to provide transition planning services for their new addition to both the north and south ends of the existing hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The current Memorial Hospital campus includes a 322-bed inpatient hospital and is currently constructing a new central utility plant as well as a vertical expansion. BRG will be supporting the second phase of the expansion and renovation, which consists of a seven-story vertical addition on the north side and a two-story horizontal expansion on the south end.

“We are excited to work with Memorial Health Care System and Memorial Hospital on this project,” said Edward Hernandez, Senior Vice President of Balfour Resource Group. “Working with an organization with a vision for transforming healthcare delivery and promoting healthy communities, like MCHS, is a treat. Add in the fact that they serve a large region in Tennessee, where we are headquartered, and it’s a perfect match.”

Both Phase I and Phase II are part of MCHS’ master plan to add additional capacity and ultimately replace some of their aging facilities in order to continue providing quality care to the Chattanooga community and region for at least another 50 years.

End of year brings several project wins to BRG

Balfour Resource Group selected for six projects across United States

Nashville, Tenn. – January 2, 2013 – As the year 2012 came to an end, Balfour Resource Group (BRG) was awarded several projects in five different states.


“It is nice to end the year with a round-up of project wins,” said Edward Hernandez, Senior Vice President of BRG. “It adds to the celebration around this season and allows us to march forward into the new year.”


BRG, a division of Balfour Beatty Construction, supports healthcare providers by providing planning services not typically offered by design or construction companies. The group consists of industry-leading professionals in medical equipment, transition and technology planning, as well as project implementation services.

BRG will be providing medical equipment planning services to the following clients and projects:

  • Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi – renovation of existing wing
  • Spine Wellness Center in Dallas, Texas – 22,000-square-foot expansion including three operating rooms
  • Villages Regional Hospital in Villages, Florida – 62-bed vertical expansion including four operating rooms, a medical/surgical department and expanded pre- and post-operation procedural area


For transition and activation planning services, BRG was selected for the following projects:

  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Highlands Ranch, Colorado – 175,000-square-foot south campus expansion
  • Texas Health Resources’ Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas – 115,000-square-foot Emergency department and Sterile Processing Department expansion


In addition, BRG was awarded both the equipment and transition planning for the Family Medicine Center on the Hawkeye Campus by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The project includes 42,000 square feet of exam rooms and office and support space.

Balfour Resource Group, Balfour Beatty Construction sponsor Nashville Heart Walk

Memorial Wall honoring, remembering loved ones and participation key to giving back Nashville, Tenn.-October 10, 2012 – More than 13,000 people participated in the Nashville Heart Walk, breaking the all-time record for attendance. Balfour Resource Group (BRG) and Balfour Beatty Construction (BBC) were just a few. “It is important for us to participate and sponsor this event,” said Bob Kiger, Vice President of Operations for BBC. “Giving back to the community is not something that Balfour Beatty just says we do, it’s something we actually invest in.” Each year, BBC sponsors and constructs the Memorial Wall consisting of two large hearts. Walkers at the event can sign the wall honoring or remembering a loved one that has been impacted by cardiovascular diseases and stroke. 2012Heart_Walk6

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier event, bringing communities together to raise funds and celebrate progress in the fight against this country’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers, heart diseases and stroke. “This is something we’ve done for many years,” said Edward Hernandez, Senior Vice President of BRG. “While our office is not that large, we strive to have employees get involved in our local community and come out to support such a great cause.” While the morning started out chilly, it warmed into a nice day for a stroll around the Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center campus. The event has raised more than $1.5 million and is still taking donations.

WellStar Health System chooses BRG for replacement facility

Balfour Resource Group awarded the new WellStar Paulding Hospital Replacement Facility

Nashville, Tenn. – September 28, 2012 –WellStar Health System selected Balfour Resource Group to provide medical equipment planning services for their new replacement hospital located in Paulding County, Georgia, approximately 30 miles northwest of Atlanta.

“We are excited to work with WellStar Health System on this project,” said Edward Hernandez, Senior Vice President of Balfour Resource Group. “Working with an organization with a vision for world-class care that is state-of-the-art and compassionate, like WellStar, is a treat. Add in the fact that they are always looking to the future in regards to technology, evidence-based design and sustainability, and I think we’re a perfect team.”

The new, larger facility replaces the current WellStar Paulding Hospital and includes 30 adult emergency exam rooms, 10 pediatric emergency exam rooms and six surgery suites. A new medical office building is also part of the Paulding County development.

“With our growing population, there is a huge need for a new hospital and we are excited to be able to better serve our community,” said Mark Haney, WellStar Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Construction and President of WellStar Paulding Hospital.

Planned for completion in April 2014, the hospital will initially open with 56 inpatient beds and will grow to 112 beds by 2016.