Rapides Regional Medical Center Expansion and Renovation

Green Project

This project included a new four-story, 125,000-sq.-ft. medical tower with 25-bed emergency department, 26-bed intensive care unit and two floors with 72 medical/surgical beds. The project also included a 4,500-sq.-ft. renovation to the main hospital lobby.

The project also included shell spaces for a future Library and future Dialysis unit.  Through intricate coordination, DPR was able to incorporate the finish out of both future units during the construction of the main project. General conditions were shared between projects, saving the facility considerable expense. These savings contributed to making the build-outs affordable to complete during the main project.

The project had several challenges, both expected and unexpected. Availability of manpower was an issue due to the after-effects of hurricane Katrina. DPR’s strong relationships with national subcontracting firms helped the team staff the project. The national firms supplemented the local forces that were available, and were instrumental to the success of the project.

What was unexpected was that Louisiana had the wettest, coldest winter in seven years.  This resulted in more than 142 rain days during construction of the tower.  The owner allowed a 20-day schedule extension; the remaining 122 days were made up through overlapping trade schedules, and off-hours and weekend work.

Green Features

100% steel and concrete recycling


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