Our Healthcare Division

Healthcare construction is complex. An experienced team makes a big difference.

 

Jaynes completed its first healthcare construction job in 1975, and it’s become a focus of our company in the decades since. Healthcare-related jobs make up 35% of our total projects now, and we established a Healthcare Division in 2015 specifically to build a team of workers with the expertise to tackle any project, from ground-up construction of a new emergency room to the installation of MRI machines and other equipment in an active facility.

 We are Albuquerque’s only general contractor with this level of experience. We stay on top of trends, trainings, and best practices to ensure we are always building toward excellence. Because when the health of a community depends on the facilities we’re working on, anything short of excellence just isn’t good enough.

 

How Healthcare Construction Differs from Other Jobs

 

The first step of a successful job is understanding what needs to be done. This is where experience and training become so important. Healthcare construction poses some unique challenges:

  • Most hospitals we work on are still operational, and we must handle our construction efficiently without sacrificing the safety of our crew, the hospital staff, or the patients being treated at the facility.
  • The building codes for healthcare facilities are different and often more rigorous than other structures. Understanding those differences and ensuring work is up to code takes specific knowledge and training.
  • Hospital systems are built with redundancies in place that must be planned around and built into new construction and expansion projects. Where an office building might have one set of pipes or electrical wiring, hospitals may have several redundant systems serving the same purpose. All of them need to be planned for and installed with care.
  • Radiology equipment and other fixtures are often large, cumbersome, expensive, and require skill to install safely. Understanding the specific requirements of individual equipment types and planning and executing a project accordingly to protect those needs can save significant money, time, and hassles for the owner.

 

All of our crew members receive Interim Life Safety Measures (ILSM) and Infection Control Risk assessment (CRA) training. We also train our subcontractors and even hospital leadership in safety, as appropriate, to ensure that everyone involved with a job conforms to the highest standard of safety.

Healthcare work is often timely, and those deadlines have a real impact on the lives of patients. Like the emergency repair work we did at UNM Children’s Hospital after a helicopter accident caused structural damage to the building. We assessed the situation and developed an emergency schedule. We had a crew staffed within 24 hours and were able to get UNMCH staff back into the affected unit within six days.

 

The Jaynes Way

We started as a concrete company, and we continue to self-perform our concrete work. This puts us in a good position to lay the foundation of a project – both literally, and in terms of planning, budget, building out a crew, and all the other tasks that must be completed at the beginning of a project. Self-performing millwork at the end of a project also helps us to keep things on track and on time, giving us an opportunity to close out a job and ensure every detail is attended to.

We utilize vertical integration where it makes sense, and work with subcontractors as necessary. Because we’ve been working in the Southwest for more than 75 years, we have longstanding subcontractor relationships that enable us to quickly staff a project with the right people to get the job done right, without sacrificing speed or budget.

 Whether it’s a new hospital or an equipment upgrade, a minor renovation or a major overhaul, we always work to raise the bar in excellence. Because the community we serve is the one we live in, too. The patients served by the facilities we work with are our neighbors, our friends, our loved ones, our family. With a job this important, “good enough” never is.