We’ll start with a disclaimer: constructing a medical facility in Florida — specifically in Palm Beach County, Broward County, or Miami-Dade County — is not for the faint of heart. It takes patience, creative engineering, patience, plenty of problem solving, patience, and diligent planning. Oh, did we say patience?
If there’s one thing you should never do when building a health facility in Florida it’s think you can rush through the job unprepared. There are far too many regulations to attempt that. And for those who do attempt to go down that route, the unfortunate result will be a delayed project with massive budget overruns – or worse. The entire build may be rendered unusable if appropriate AHCA approvals are not secured.
In our experience with medical facility builds in South Florida, we know it can take some outside-the-box thinking to successfully navigate compliance challenges and approvals. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) requires two project site reviews during the course of construction – once at 80 percent completion and again for a final site inspection. To adequately prepare and schedule these inspections, you must build them into the project plan from the outset.
At Seacoast Construction, we’ve found these three tips for ensuring timely AHCA approval to be part of our guiding light when constructing health facilities:
- Insist on pre-construction
- Prepare for potential hiccups
- Clearly communicate from start to finish
With any job we do, we’ve found that solid planning, excellent execution, and constant communication are keys to successfully completing the project on time, on budget, and with the appropriate approvals secured. If you’re attempting a medical facility build in South Florida, schedule a consultation with us today to ensure your project successfully makes it to the finish line as planned and on budget.
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