Healthcare Facility Construction Project: A Post-mortem

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A recent Illinois appellate case arising from a healthcare facility project, Doornbos Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.,1 highlights challenges that are common to most construction projects, and healthcare construction in particular. Although the decision is interesting for its legal ruling on a relatively obscure provision of the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act,2 it may have more practical utility as a case study of missed opportunities during many phases of this project:

1. Selection of the project team; 2. Selection of the project delivery system; 3. Contract drafting; 4. Project administration; 5. Health Department regulations and quality control; and, 6. Litigation and dispute resolution.

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