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Modular, Prefabrication and Lean Construction with Bernie Sublette, VP at AECOM Hunt – Part One

March 03, 2022

Bernie and I dive deep into Modular, Prefabrication and Lean processes in Design and Construction.   Over Bernie’s 40 years in the industry his focus has lead him to large and complex Healthcare Projects, Preconstruction & Prefabrication Initiatives. An Indianapolis native & Marine Corps veteran with 40 years of construction experience starting in the field as a superintendent in the Texas construction market in the early 80’s before being elevated to a project manager. Returned home to Indianapolis in 1990. Led the charge for AECOM Hunt at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in 2008 as the onsite preconstruction manager at the new $800m hospital expansion project. Next move was to Dallas in 2010 as the preconstruction manager on the new $500m University of Texas Southwestern Hospital (UTSW) project, and subsequently assumed an onsite operations role through 2014. Became the onsite preconstruction manager & project executive at the new $250m Mount Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Ohio before being charged with the expansion of the Hunt healthcare portfolio. Next up was executive oversight of the preconstruction services at the new $1b McNair Hospital project for CHI Baylor St. Luke’s at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Most recently tasked with helping pull together the deliverable for the conceptual phase of the new $2.7b IU Health Medical Center in Indianapolis and later charged with supporting the development of the modular & prefabrication practices for the IU Health Program.

In conjunction with his preconstruction role, Bernie oversaw the development and implementation of the prefabrication plans for the multi-trade utility tunnel MEP racks, patient room bathroom pods, headwalls, and several other single-trade prefabrication operations at the UTSW project in Dallas. The CHI Baylor St. Luke’s and Mount Carmel projects mentioned above had similar initiatives but added multi-trade corridor racking to the list of items prefabricated.

Come back next week for episode two where we will dive deeper into the modular, prefabrication and lean process and how and when to partner with suppliers and vendors.

Bernie’s Contact information:

Bernie Sublette

Vice President


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