Rapides Regional Medical Center Expansion and Renovation
Rapides Regional Medical Center Expansion and Renovation | Alexandria, Louisiana
This project encompassed 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, as well as a 4,500-sq.-ft. renovation to the main hospital lobby. Additionally, the project included shell spaces for a future library and future dialysis unit. 100% of steel and concrete waste on the project was recycled, as well.
Availability of labor was an issue in the aftermath 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.
The project took place while Louisiana had its 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.