Currently under construction is the much anticipated expansion to Mercy General Hospital. Throughout preconstruction, the project team has successfully collaborated and resolved logistical complexities associated with an extremely tight site, design redirection and modifications to the project.
The centerpiece of the project is the Alex G. Spanos Heart and Vascular Center, a 121,130-sq.-ft., four-story (plus basement) building that will enhance Mercy General's cardiac and heart program. Also included is the complete remodel of the existing hospital's North Wing and additional work on the “Get Ready” projects.
The new building design features craftsman-style architecture with brick exterior skin and cultured stone accents. Additional elements include a unique “healing garden” and interior features designed to promote a healing atmosphere, including extensive use of natural lighting and features to reduce noise and enhance patient safety. Stained glass from an existing chapel will be removed and reused in a new chapel planned within the Heart Center.
Highlights of the project include: Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Catheterization Center, Cardiopulmonary Conditioning Center, and Chapel and Healing Garden.
Sensitive to the concerns of neighbors and the existing operational facility, the team designed a foundation system that uses drilled auger cast-in-place piles rather than driven piles, for a less disruptive installation.
Due to the tight project site, the team faces logistical challenges ahead with tying the new heart center into the existing Medical Office Building via an underground tunnel, all while maintaining complete patient access and full operation of the existing facility.
Ultimately, the finished product will be well worth the wait and team effort: an architecturally stunning, state-of-the-art facility that will meet the growing healthcare needs of the Sacramento area.
The 91 bed, OSHPD approved facility is anticipated to be complete in 2013.