This 34,000-square-foot interior build out of 60 new patient rooms, a dialysis unit, and support spaces occurred on the top floor of an existing, fully operational hospital running at 100% patient capacity. The scope included modifying existing building systems to accommodate the new layout of the sixth floor, which required close coordination with the operating floor below. PCL devised an innovative, collaborative, and coordinated plan to perform construction operations on the functioning fifth floor.
In order to reduce construction traffic through the hospital hallways, PCL constructed a 70-foot scaffolding system that was erected on the exterior of the hospital and used as the main entry and exit point. This kept the hospital cleaner, and kept the stairs and elevators free from hundreds of construction workers, tools, and materials. The final scaffold design had an orientation and location that was adjusted to alleviate most of the roof penetrations. This solution decreased the erection duration, eliminated possible water intrusion issues, saved stucco patching and color matching, and still allowed the strength to stage materials and equipment while moving them into the hospital.
This project required an accelerated schedule, including 60-hour work weeks, second-shift work, material expediting, and proficient coordination among all team members. PCL accomplished these strenuous work hours while maintaining adherence to Adventist Health’s strict working hour policies. PCL initiated full subcontractor participation and completed the project on time and under budget. The hospital occupied the floor and was fully operational in time for the high-occupancy load of the winter season. With PCL’s help, Florida Hospital was able to receive the high occupancy revenue that is vital to their healthcare organization.