West Georgia Health System
This 140,000-square foot, four-story project adds significant upgrades to an existing hospital. West Georgia Health System's South Tower features a new emergency department and ambulance bay on the first floor, a lobby and cardiac unit on the ground floor, a 24-room intensive-care unit on the second floor, a labor/delivery unit on the third floor, and mechanical and electrical operations on the fourth floor. It was designed for horizontal expansion to ultimately accommodate up to 192 beds. The facility provides a new “front door” to the medical center, with improved access and parking for patients and visitors.
This project was built on an active campus which presented several challenges. Logistically, the project was wedged between ongoing hospital operations and the new facility under construction, leaving little room to maneuver and limited construction laydown. McCarthy tied into the existing facility at multiple locations, and a massive amount of site utility relocation was required without disrupting hospital operations. Because of the challenges inherent in construction on a tight, active site, such as infection control, strong communication and planning were essential.