F.A. Wilhelm Construction winning the race on fast-tracked healthcare project in Grove City, Ohio
Healthcare construction projects are among the most complicated undertakings in the industry, and encompass many highly specialized requirements unique to the health and wellness market segment. Mount Carmel Health System’s new inpatient hospital in Grove City, Ohio, is no exception.
F.A. Wilhelm Construction was hired to perform the concrete work for the 508,000 – square-foot expansion of the current facility, which will add another 210 rooms and a 123,000 – square-foot medical office building. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2018.
Wilhelm’s work is scheduled for completion a year earlier in October 2017, and crews are working with a fast-tracked schedule to help ensure that happens.
Jason Windholtz, Wilhelm’s project manager, said crews are wrapping up the basement now and will soon start on the decks. In total, the project will use 41,300 cubic yards of concrete, including three floors of structural concrete decks and five floors of slabs on metal decks. About 45 percent of the concrete has been poured to date.
It’s not been without its challenges, though. Windholtz said, “Fast-tracking can present a lot of additional considerations with healthcare projects, which tend to be pretty complex anyway.” He said that because this is an accelerated project, construction started while the drawings were still in the design and development stage. “It requires a lot of flexibility,” Windholtz said, noting the high number of change orders, drawings, and requests for information (RFIs) for this project. “You might expect a couple new drawing issuances for a similar project at this point,” he said, “but this one had nine to date, along with more than 200 structural RFIs, and we’re just coming out of the basement.”
Windoltz said his team has taken it all in stride, though. The key, he said, is making sure everything is in the right place at the time. He credits Wilhelm’s project engineer, Gary Keymon and Wilhelm’s two lead project layout engineers, Larry Hunter and Jason Forsythe, with keeping the project team and craft force organized during the continual evolution of the documents and associated shop drawings. “Those guys have been instrumental in keeping us on track,” he said.
Windholtz said he’s confident that with great teamwork, the project will continue to a successful, on-time completion despite any new challenges that might arise.