Case Study:
Tribune Publishing
May 20, 2015

How do you prepare for a move that isn’t just about transitioning buildings but patients in need of continuous care?

That was the challenge the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital brought to Carter’s move consultants.


As Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital was building a new hospital with 507,000 square feet in new construction plus 56,250 square feet of renovated existing space. While the size was impressive (it is Iowa City’s tallest building), the needs and complications that come with seamlessly transitioning patients meant the planning needed to be thorough and the execution precise.


Carter’s move management provided these comprehensive services:

  • Operationalizing and transitioning to new pediatric programs and models of care
  • Additional construction management to integrate building readiness with operational readiness
  • Loading, commissioning and making patient-ready the new medical equipment, IT, furniture and supplies
  • Integrated database development to support our technology tool that will be used by hospital leadership to monitor and ensure medical-readiness
  • Training management for 3,000 personnel
  • Patient move planning
  • Move management, and managing dock and warehouse schedules
  • Post-occupancy stabilization

Expected Completion: March 2017.

How will you make your move? For most organizations, relocation is a threat — to operational productivity, to employee engagement and to company culture. At Carter, we think it's an opportunity. To thrive in your move, contact a Carter consultant for your first planning conversation.