Medical Center Helps Benefit Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses through the New Hospital Pavilion Project
The New Hospital Pavilion (NHP) is the largest single health care investment in the history of the Medical Center. The futuristic, 10-story facility will provide a new home for complex specialty care with a focus on cancer, gastrointestinal disease, neuroscience, advanced surgery and high-technology medical imaging. Scheduled to open in 2013, the impressive 1.2 million-square-foot building is already an economic engine fueling minority- and woman-owned companies in the greater Chicagoland region.
As the project has evolved since 2008, the Medical Center has awarded and paid close to $97.6 million in contracts to 94 minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MBEs and WBEs), such as material suppliers, construction contractors and professional services firms. That number represents more than 48 percent of the $206.7 million paid to date on the project, said Joan Archie, executive director of Construction Compliance at the Medical Center.
"That’s a high percentage compared to similar construction projects around the country," said Archie, who has served as a business diversity consultant for clients such as the Chicago Transit Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation and McPier Authority.
"Our goal is to ensure that at least 40 percent of our construction contracts are awarded and paid to MBEs and WBEs," Archie said. "It’s our aim to strengthen these firms."
In addition, minority and female workers at the job site, including electricians, plumbers and carpenters, have received more than $6 million in pay to date. Those numbers are tracked through the NHP project’s Hiring Initiative program, designed to address the "human" side of construction.
Since 2001, the Medical Center has paid more than $200 million to MBEs, WBEs and minority and female workers in construction and renovation projects, Archie said. The Medical Center monitors these numbers closely as part of its larger commitment to diversity and community investment, said Bill Huffman, vice president of Facilities, Design and Construction
"We believe in creating economic opportunity for women and minorities," Huffman said.
"And we want our construction projects to mirror the diverse workforce we have at the Medical Center itself. Beyond this, our minority and female firms and workers have done a top-flight job. On the NHP, the work has been outstanding, we are on schedule and the expenses have been at or under budget. This is going to be a state-of-the-art facility and we couldn’t be more pleased."