Your web browser is out of date. Update your browser for more security, speed and the best experience on this site.

Update your browser
DPR Construction Logo
Aerial view of exterior hospital

HCA Northwest Medical Center Bed Tower Expansion

HCA Northwest Medical Center Bed Tower Expansion | Margate, FL

Prefabrication Helps Push HCA Bed Tower Project to Early Finish

DPR leveraged prefabrication, self-perform capabilities and strong collaboration and engagement with its trade partners to deliver a complex vertical expansion project at Northwest Medical Center in south Florida, completing the project under budget and three weeks ahead of schedule in April 2020.

Constructed on top of an existing two-story facility, the new 107,000-sq.-ft., two-story tower added a total of 61 beds, including 22 CCU beds, six NICU beds and 33 medical/surgical beds. The project also included a two-story central energy plant (CEP) comprising two generators, two new and one relocated chillers, two new cooling towers, new medical gas equipment and more.

The Challenges

The project required extensive coordination with the fully operational facility for all shutdowns and tie-ins that were required to bring the new bed tower and CEP online. DPR had to ensure there were no unplanned outages and that all equipment was 100% operational before switching it over, a particularly challenging multi-phased process for the CEP equipment. Noise mitigation was a continual concern, requiring constant communication with the owner to avoid impacting patients and staff as construction took place on top of an active facility and systems were tied into the structure below.

One major hurdle involved “jumping” an operating room air handler unit. Conducted over a weekend after extensive preplanning, crews removed the existing 40-ft.-long air handler from the OR and then connected the new one in the expanded space, all while ensuring zero impact to the operational facility.

Construction jobsite in progress
Construction jobsite with men lifting an item from a crane.
The Solutions

Prefabricating large components of this project, from the exterior panels to a major portion of the interior walls and bathrooms, was a major solution that helped the project achieve largescale schedule savings and allowed DPR to dry-in the building much more quickly. Prior to dry-in, DPR worked closely with trade partners each day to proactively address and mitigate potential areas of water intrusion into the building.

DPR’s intentional efforts surrounding field engagement with key trade partners also helped drive the project’s success. Co-located with the DPR team on-site, they became members of one unified team, according to superintendent Daniel Berger.

“We got to know everybody on a personal basis and just tried to create a huge sense of community on this job,” he said. “We wanted everybody to feel like they had a high degree of ownership. The level of quality and our strong safety record reflected the benefit of that approach.”

Inside of patient room
Inside of lobby area
Inside reception area.
The Results

Completed in April 2020, the Northwest Medical Center Bed Tower project finished under budget and three weeks ahead of the original schedule.

Exterior of building

DPR’s self-perform crews executed several scopes of work, including drywall and interior framing, which improved safety, productivity and accuracy and helped the team more effectively control the project schedule.