Tanner’s HouseAurora, CO
Originally called Brent’s Place Too but later named in honor of a former patient, Tanner’s House is the second phase of the only Children’s Hospital Colorado-approved, Safe-Clean housing facility for immunocompromised patients and their families. It opened in July 2017 to add a second healing and recovery wing to the Brent Eley Foundation’s family-centered care community that is conveniently located near Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo.
The 28,320-square-foot, three-story, Prescient building includes 21 fully furnished residential units that double the number of patients and families Brent’s Place can accommodate to more than 200 per year at no cost. The building addition features a game room; resource center; movie room; community kitchen; and outdoor playground that will enable more than 300 support programs and activities to alleviate daily burdens and increase the emotional health of each family member.
Building the WeitzWay
Weitz broke ground on Tanner’s House in May 2016. By utilizing Lean construction disciplines such as Last Planner® and Building Information Modeling (BIM), Weitz was able to minimize waste on the project, drive efficiencies to remain on schedule and identify construction constraints early to ensure timely decisions. Weitz also partnered with Arvada, Colo.-based Prescient Co., Inc. to increase productivity and quality by assembling the light-gauge, steel stud building structure off-site, which created a predictable, precise and dimensionally stable installation on-site.
“From the very beginning, The Weitz Company made this a team effort and showed that success would be achieved with input from everyone at the table. I simply can’t say enough about the professionalism, creativity, determination and care Weitz showed in minimizing the impact on our current families while pressing to meet our schedule and move families into our new building as soon as possible.”Sean Meyerhoffer
Brent Eley Foundation CEO