Demolition and remodel the North Wing, South Wing and central area of St. Francis Hospital’s 3rd Floor — an area totaling 24,000 square feet — all of which is surrounded by multiple bustling departments, an MRI unit, a Catheterization Lab, an Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Unit – running 24 hours a day.
Install nine total floors of all new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, walls and finishes, and new plumbing infrastructure for an entire patient tower – without disrupting any of the hospital’s operations.
Complete project early by critical census date to make space available for more patients, all while working around a difficult schedule and unique requests.
To solve the demolition problem the team did mostly hand demolition, both to extend work hours and to avoid disturbing the surrounding areas. They also worked closely with the hospital administration and surrounding departments to coordinate demolition, loud activities or utility shutdowns. We took great care not to disturb a nearby MRI unit, for example, and relocated a special care nursery on an upper floor to keep the infants away from the construction noise.
To stay on schedule and work within the hospital’s ever-changing environment, daily communication with each department and detailed planning proved crucial. We worked closely with the hospital administration and surrounding departments to coordinate demolition, loud activities or utility shutdowns.
Flexibility was also a key factor for working cohesively with the hospital. The team was always willing to rearrange scheduled work or even stop work on a moment’s notice to accommodate a special circumstance that arose at the hospital – having a plan in place for a sudden change was key to maintaining a steady workflow and remaining on schedule.
The team performed mostly hand demolition in two hour increments to extend work hours and to avoid disturbing the surrounding areas.
To prevent any disturbance during the plumbing upgrade, the team spent a tremendous amount of energy with every floor, department and shift manager to let them know the process and impact of the water shutdown. Temporary support included rerouting waterlines, setting up temporary bathroom facilities and hand washing stations at all nurse stations. What would have been a week-long activity was condensed into one eight hour shift, with plumbing service returned well in advance of the expected time.