Welliver recently managed a 45,000 square-foot renovation and expansion project to create space for the new Clinical Health Sciences Center, which was constructed to further strengthen RIT’s partnership with the Rochester Regional Health System (RRHS) and promote research and education related to health and wellness. Features include areas for clinical research, clinical-office simulation, and critical care simulation, complete with fully-functioning hospital treatment bay mock-ups and equipment for interactive learning. The facility also houses a public primary care clinic, operated by RRHS, and the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, which supports RIT’s new programs in nutrition management and exercise science.
As construction manager, Welliver developed and coordinated a five-phase master schedule and provided a full-time on-site presence to manage subcontractors, perform quality and safety inspections, and maintain a “tour-ready” site for RIT leadership and guests. As RIT is a recognized leader in technology education, Welliver identified an opportunity to incorporate two new trending technologies, Gorilla® Glass and Willow®Glass, into the building through a partnership with Corning Incorporated. The project team facilitated a group effort between Corning and RIT to install two “floating” interactive directory screens featuring the specialized glass – one in the lobby and another on the first floor. The team also coordinated the many AV, wiring, and programming teams to ensure proper planning and installation. Opened on time for the fall semester, the new facility now offers an enhanced, hands-on education for RIT’s clinical health students and provides better access to primary care for the campus and the community.