AEI Student Design Competition

Omaha, Nebraska | April 5, 2018

Requests For Information

Students may submit Requests For Information (RFI) to obtain clarifications or resolve any ambiguities. RFIs and the answers from the competition committee will be posted as they are received.

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Questions and Answers

Q: In the competition program, it mentions six types of floors for the tower: PICU, NICU, Cardiac Care Center, a Fetal Care Program, and a mechanical floor, after review the design documents given there are other floor programs such as HEMONC. Should we be designing each unique floor or should we be picking a typical floor and design it. And if so which one should we be picking?
A: Teams should design a typical floor for the floors listed in the program (PICU, NICU, Cardiac Care Center, a Fetal Care Program, and a mechanical floor).

Q: When considering the podium should we be considering every space inside the podium and designing in detail. Should we be designing every OR etc. or just treat it as shell space.
A: This is at the discretion of the team and the design may play into the 3 challenges listed in the Competition Program Addendum.

Q: For Level 3,6, and 7 when designing are we noticed it is designated shell space but in the revitalize file it shows the future design which should we design for?
A: See answer to the first question listed above. Not all floors need to be fully designed.

Q: Is the original helipad staying after construction?
A: A helipad is to be relocated on top of the new addition.

Q: Does the existing Children's Hospital utilize a central energy plant for the hospital's campus? If so, what equipment does it consist of? What type of combustion is used in the plant?
A: The existing central plant that serves the existing hospital does not have any remaining capacity for the new addition.  The design teams shall determine how to best provide the necessary infrastructure for the new addition as a      stand-alone design.  Each team may determine a location for utility connections and assume adequate capacity is available from the local utilities (electrical, gas, water, storm and sewer) at that given point. 

Q: How much capacity is left in the central energy plant of the existing Children's Hospital for both mechanical and electrical loads? (if applicable)
A: See response above

Q: What is the current backup energy source for the existing Children's Hospital?
A: The existing hospital uses diesel generation for it emergency power source.  The existing system does not have any additional capacity for the new addition.

Q: What is the main structural system used to build the existing Children's Hospital?
A:This information is not being provided, as the teams are tasked with designing the structural system that they feel best works for the building.

Q: Are selection of specialty medical equipment such as MRI and surgical light fixtures part of the project competition scope?
A: The selection of specific medical equipment is not required; however, the designed systems must be able to support medical equipment.

Q: What is the current capacity of the existing plumbing and piping (sanitary and medical gas) for the existing Children's Hospital?
A: The existing plumbing and piping systems do not have any additional capacity available.

Q: With the provided package, there is not overall or area floor plans of podium or underground level (Lower Level 5, Lower Level 3, Lower Level 1, and Level 1). However, upon development of the Revit model, our team was able to establish the lower level plans. What it AEI's intent for competing teams to undergo this process or should they have been included in the PDF sheet package?
A: See updated set of PDF drawings produced from the Revit model (See document titled 268564-A-TOWER-CENTRAL_.pdf in the electronic folders)

The following items will address issues with in the 2 drawing packages relating to clarity and overall project scope.
Drawing Package 1:
Q: Sheet A-210: This sheet contains missing information and are unclear of why it is included with no mention of parking garage in the competition program.
A: The garage is not part of the competition program.
Q: Sheets A-501, G-000, QC001A/B/C/D, XAD-101 & 102: These sheets are bookmarked in the PDF yet it the physical sheet is missing from the package. Are these sheets omitted from the competition or should they have been included in the package?
A: These sheets are not part of the competition are were omitted from the PDF.
Q: Sheets AS-101D to AS-LL5 & SD-L1 thru LL5: Our team is unclear of the intent of the these sheets and purpose within the package. Please provide clarification on design intent and the sheets overall purpose for student design competition.
A: Each design team is to determine how to use the provided information.
Drawing Package 2:
Q: Sheets A-102/103/104/105/106/107/108/109/201/301/351/401/501/720/721/722/723/725/726/727/728, AC-101/102, AD101/102, AMU-2/3/7/8/9/10, G102PH, IC and RCP sheets: These sheets are bookmarked in the PDF yet it the physical sheet is missing from the package. Are these sheets omitted from the competition or should they have been included in the package?
A: These sheets are omitted.
Q: Sheets A-102C/102F/103C/103F/104C/104F/105C/105F/106C/106F/107C/107F: These sheets only show the existing tower. Our team is confused on this sheets purpose on the AEI design project scope. Do these sheets have any influence on the design competition project scope or should they be removed from the package?
A: Each design team is to determine how to use the provided information.
Q: Sheet A-102H/104E/103H/104H/105E/105H/106E/106H: This sheet shows what looks to be a renovated portion of the existing building. Are the rooms and line work shown darkened in the scope of the AEI design competition?
A: See the additional set of drawings with a line of delineation of the competition project.
Q: Sheet A-103A/105A/105B: This sheet shows the existing tower to have darkened columns and what is assumed to be structural renovation of the existing stairwell. (Typical design document presentation standards indicate new construction with darkened line work and use grey or lightened line work for existing). Our team would like to understand if and how this renovation is in the scope of the project?
A: See the additional set of drawings with a line of delineation of the competition project. (See document titled AEI Student Competition Project Boundaries.pdf in the electronic folders)
Q: Sheet A-103D/103G- The northern most room of these sheets are labeled Shell. Is this space intended to be core/shell or was the room tags mislabeled?
A: See similar question in previous RFI regarding shell space
Q: The competition program states that only the podium is to connect to the existing buildings, however most of the tower floors show connection to both west and south existing buildings. For the purpose of the competition are we to assume the tower does not connect to the existing structure or design as the documents provide show?
A: The original design does include a connection to the existing facility. According to the Competition Program Addendum, “The podium will connect to the existing hospital; however, the 6 story tower will not connect to the existing facility.”
Q: When gathering our own information for the Revit model pertaining to the Podium floor plans, we discovered that the renovation of the lower level floors of the existing building are shown. The AEI program does not explicitly state if the renovation of the existing building is or isn't in our scope. With lack of overall lower level floor plans of the podium, our team would like to know if these portions are in the scope of the design competition. An example of the shown renovation can be seen below.
A: See the additional set of drawings with a line of delineation of the competition project. (See document titled AEI Student Competition Project Boundaries.pdf in the electronic folders)

Q: The new design incorporates renovation of the podium level floors of the existing hospital (adding Operating Rooms, exam rooms, waiting areas). How much of the renovation of the existing building is in the scope of this project?
A: Please see previous RFI responses for additional information regarding the podium.

Q: The shelter is supposed to withstand man-made disasters. To what level does the shelter needs be designed? For example, are there blast design requirements and what are they?
A: For disaster planning (both man-made and/or natural), you need to determine what/how many disasters you want to focus on. Selection should be based on practicality, relevance to the project type, and relevance to the geographic area. Once selected, you need to make engineering judgements that are based on codes, standards, and common practices on the level of design and performance under the scenarios. Justifications should be documented in your submission.

Q: For snow load calculations, do we need to consider drift loads from existing buildings? For wind loads, are we considering the existing buildings? Or do we treat our design as if it is standing alone?
A: For the purpose of the competition, the tower is not connected to the existing structure; however, that does not mean it is excluded from interactions structurally with what is around it. For wind, seismic, snow, etc, ASCE 7 requirements must be met.

Q: When designing foundations, should we consider the foundation from the existing hospital?
A: For the purpose of the competition, assume the podium and tower use its own foundation. As such the geotechnical report is to be used for the new site only. Not enough information is known about the existing foundations.

Q: The Competition Challenge document lists the total building budget as $290 million.  Is this a turnkey budget including all medical equipment and furnishings, or just a construction budget limited to the structure and finishes?  In addition, are all teams required to complete an estimated cost for every area of concentration (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, construction etc.) and for all floors for the project to determine a remaining budget for the areas that they are actually competing in?  Our concern is the amount of research, and to what level of detail, teams are expected to complete for areas outside of the challenges they are participating in for the purpose of determining a budget for the aspects that they will be focusing on.
A: The $290 million budget includes all costs associated with design, permitting, and construction. Teams should propose an owner controlled allowance to account for major medical equipment that will need to be installed during construction, such as MRI's and imaging equipment. Furnishings and fixtures (such as hospital beds, mobile nurses stations and waiting room furniture) should not be included in the budget and will be procured by the owner to be installed after substantial completion. Teams shall specifically itemize what equipment they have assumed and an associated cost in the budget breakout. Teams are encourage to submit fully developed, turnkey proposals for evaluation; however, teams competing in the construction portion of the competition are to develop an estimate in accordance with the program guidelines for all disciplines. If teams are not competing in the construction portion of the competition, detailed estimates are not required, but a cost per square foot analysis should be completed to demonstrate that the design methods utilized fall within the program budget and industry standards.

Q: Where is the existing fire loop? If the hospital addition is on top of it, do we need to worry about relocating it?  
A: The new structure can be treated with standalone fire systems.  The teams should determine the appropriate level of interconnection between structures.

Q: Where is the exterior medical gas supply truck hook up for the existing hospital? 
A: The teams should make a documented assumption of medical gas supply.

Q: What is the voltage coming from the electrical utility for Nebraska/Omaha region? 
A: The teams should make a documented assumption of primary utility voltage.

Q: What company is Children’s Hospital insured through? 
A: The teams should make a documented assumption of the Children’s Hospital insurance company.

Q: In viewing the project boundary document it is calling out several AMUs for enlarge plan information. For example, on Level 6 it has AMU-3: Enlarged Hemonc ISO. Have we received more information on these AMUs, if not, can we?
A: The AMU referenced on the plans refers to architectural mock-ups.  These mock-ups are not necessary for competition.

Q: We understand the project boundary encompasses the space intended for design. Does this prohibit us from placing equipment, such as large electrical devices, outside of this boundary if we find justification to do so?
A: Equipment may be placed outside of the project boundary; however, sound justification for this decision must be provided, including any calculations, background, research, etc. to ensure the location is sufficient to support the equipment (not only structurally but also from system and constructability perspectives).

Q: In the AEI Student Design Competition Program mentions that there is a one page minimum for codes and standards. Is this a serpearate page from the fifteen pages for each report? If it is a separate page are we still permitted to talk about codes in the 15 pgs?
A: The Competition Program allows for a separate page (1 page maximum) for the team to list Codes & Standards used for this project. Reference to codes and standards is permitted in the Summary Narratives.

Q: Due to the design of the addition encompassing most of the site, is the hospital willing to designate any of their current spaces, such as existing parking lots, as being available for use for construction purposes? These purposes could include storage and delivery of materials, on-site project management and supervision facilities, additional parking.
A: As this is a working hospital, appropriate parking must be maintained for the staff and patients. The team must research and support in the written submission the ability to maintain required operational parking, if the presented plan includes using space for construction purposes.

Q: Since the proposed parking garage is not part of the scope for this project would any of the space currently planned to be used by the proposed the garage be available for use for any of the above mentioned purposes? Should the proposed garage be considered to be planned for construction, during construction, or constructed for the purposes of this competition.
A: The team must identify and justify decisions made related to areas not included in the scope of the competition project.

Q: Is there any spaces available for use in the existing hospital that can serve as a temporary office for construction personnel? If so would there be enough space available that would eliminate the need for job trailers on site?
A: No existing hospital space can be used for temporary offices.

Q: Is there a specific bid sheet document that we should be filling out for the construction section?
A: The competition has not provided templates to the teams. Any documents created should be in accordance with industry standard.


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