Infinitely Adaptable: The Universal Grid

Engineering Soundness, Construction Efficiency

Universal Grid

Given the constant reality of rapid change, organizations should focus on real estate that can evolve and adapt to maximize long-term ROI. Before our team launched ModularDesign+, team members advanced the Universal Grid – an optimum set of vertical and horizontal dimensions for a building’s structural bay – that championed efficient and modular design. From this fundamental building block – vetted for engineering soundness and construction efficiency – health and research facilities can accommodate a wide range of potential uses.

Moreover, facilities leveraging the Universal Grid can reduce the typical 10-18 month span from facility planning to groundbreaking by up to 80%. The resulting speed-to-market has proven effective for organizations intent on quickly seizing new market coverage or responding to changing care models.

Universal Grid accelerates occupancy and reduces costs

Design Marvels Use Universal Grid

At Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, groundbreaking for a new 750,000 sf biomedical research facility based on the Universal Grid occurred in less than five months from the start of design, fast-tracking the occupancy date, saving in excess of $5.5 million in planning costs and accelerating revenue capture.

The Kaleida Health / Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo achieved a $10 per sf reduction across total HVAC, plumbing and electrical costs thanks directly to its reliance on the Universal Grid. The grid also contributed in numerous ways to the building’s overall $21 million cost savings.


$21 million in GVI cost savings

Fast tracking occupancy in less than 5 months at WSU Medical

$10 per square foot reduction at GVI

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