Courtesy of DPR Construction
We’ve made a great deal of progress on the construction of the new hospital and the interior finishing. Here’s a closer look at some of the progress this past week.
Courtesy of DPR Construction
This week’s photos highlight the interior work, including paint, tile, casework and other architectural features. The warm colors of the interior walls are carried over to the rooftop gardens to create a calm and healing environment for patients.
Courtesy of DPR Construction
The crews are taking a little extra time off to share the holidays with family, but that hasn’t stopped us from admiring the tremendous progress on the new medical center and adjacent medical office building. Here’s a closer look at one of the pedestrian bridges linking the two buildings, soon to be fully connected.
While we haven’t been able to post for a while, we’ve still been working on construction of the new hospital. The progress has been amazing, both inside and outside of the new facility. This past month, we broke ground on the medical office building that will connect to the hospital and be home to many hospital administrative services, physicians and an Urgent Care Center.
Interior work is progressing at a rapid pace. In some areas of the hospital, such as Women’s Health, crews have already painted the walls, installed the flooring and finished details such as the tile in the showers. As you move to the upper floors, the work is focused on wall framing, mechanical, electrical and plumbing and the intricacies of the above-ceiling mechanics for items such as patient lift systems.
We’re pleased to show you some new images of the work in progress. We’ll post more images and articles on a regular basis.
Site Clearing Begins for Medical Office Building
Work begins on Monday, August 1, to grade the land in preparation for the new Medical Office Building adjacent to the hospital construction. We’ll be changing the WebCam to show the work on that end of the construction site. Just so you don’t miss the new hospital in the meantime, we’ll maintain a glimpse of the main hospital where most major exterior work on the building is complete.
To make room for this 80,000-square-foot building, crews will move the fencing outward and begin clearing the site. The fence along the parking garage will be moved out, eliminating the pedestrian walkway along the vehicle exit. As a result, all pedestrians will be directed to the temporary wood bridge for safe crossing to the Emergency Department entrance.
Groundbreaking for the new building is expected in mid-September, and work will continue for approximately 14 months. When complete, the building will have three pedestrian bridges to the new hospital for better access by physicians and staff.
Work also continues around the campus as the underground utilities are installed. Please proceed with caution when driving on campus!
With the new building looking impressive and nearly complete from the outside, we often are asked what is happening on the inside. So, over the next several months, we will post new videos showing various aspects of the project: a behind-the-scenes look at building the hospital all the way to a sneak peak in surgery and the Emergency Department.
Until there, here are a few photos of the latest progress. We still have hundreds of workers on site each week day, working on every floor of the building as well as the exterior. The result? The project is 4 months ahead of schedule!
Photos courtesy of DPR Construction
Main entry lobby wall:
Duct work on rooftop of main hospital tower:
Underground utility work and wall along south side of new hospital:
Hospital construction is among the most complex and challenging type of construction today. Fortunately, one of the best tools that exists to coordinate the complex needs of many users is right at our fingertips. The Eden Medical Center hospital replacement project team uses Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to keep the project not just ahead of schedule, but also ahead of the industry. With BIM, all of the trades (for example, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, heating and ventilation) work on the 3D modeling system in a collaborative effort to “virtually build” the project and work out any issues early, before work begins on the construction site.
Below is an image showing the actual construction, with the same area shown using BIM technology:
In addition, the team uses laser scanners to gather the precise data of construction site terrain and construction in progress. This type of laser scanning is the method that provides highly accurate location information to create equally accurate 3D models.
Below is an example of a laser scan of a completed section of plumbing and mechanical:
The team can then take the actual construction and overlay our BIM image of the same area to identify precise areas of construction. For example, the plumbing contractor can take the image and easily identify plumbing as it actually exists within the building.
This simplified explanation can hardly convey the breadth and depth of the modeling technology being used throughout the project. In the coming weeks, we’ll spend more time interviewing the construction team and sharing how this industry-changing program has benefited the aproject at Eden.
Work in progress, courtesy of DPR Construction
Work continues on the main elevators. Once construction of two critical elevators is complete, the exterior lift will be taken down and the building exterior will be complete, leaving the new structure “water tight.” The photos below show the steady progress, from above and a silhouette of a worker welding inside the elevator shaft.
A view from above:
A closer look:
Planning Is Underway for Transition to New Hospital
by George Bischalaney, President & CEO, Eden Medical Center
Although we are still nearly two years away from moving into the new hospital, teams of employees and physicians have already started planning for the transition to the new building. We call the move a “transition” rather than a move, because it’s a process that involves bringing with us good practices, good people and good programs, while entering a new era of health care. Not only will patients be treated in a new environment, but that environment and the people that provide services will do so with state-of-the-art equipment and support systems that will make care more efficient, and in surroundings that are focused on the comfort and safety for our patients and their families.
Our “transition teams” include our managers, physicians and employees from every department in the hospital. When I think of the journey ahead, I find myself thinking about the people who will make this a reality. Healthcare people work well with uncertainty, with making sense of the challenge of illness and injury and finding the right course of action that results in healing. Caregivers face this every day with patients. We are fortunate to have a great team of people who are passionate about their work and committed to making this transition the best possible experience for everyone involved.
While 2013 seems like a long time away, it is so short when you look at the level of detail involved in transitioning to a new hospital. It’s a monumental task that cannot even be described well in a simple blog post. So, we will break it down into smaller, easier to digest, pieces as time goes on. It will both informative and comforting for all to know the level of effort both necessary and desired to make sure this is done right. It will involve everything from testing equipment and systems to rehearsing the actual move of patients on that one day not too long from now. There is much to be done and we’re both excited and challenged by the task at hand.
We’ll keep you posted on our progress and look forward to your comments.