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Situation:

Lawrence General Hospital (LGH) is one of the fastest growing hospitals in Massachusetts, servicing nearly 300,000 patients annually throughout Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. To enhance the quality of care and future needs of these growing communities, LGH selected BOND as construction manager to facilitate one of the largest expansion plans in the organization’s history. This plan includes the renovation, expansion and modernization of the hospital’s campus including a new 42,000 surgical facility, inpatient unit renovations and infrastructure upgrades. Named the Santagati Surgical Center, the new building features state of the art operating rooms, a swing catheterization laboratory and interventional radiology to increase the Hospital’s ability to perform complex surgeries. Each operating room is designed to accommodate the latest technology in imaging and robotics as well as skilled staff to perform complex procedures.

Challenges:

  • Difficult site logistics – demolition of 2 buildings connected to the active hospital
  • Relocation of site utilities & complex infrastructure upgrades
  • Remediation of hazardous materials
  • Maintain a high level of patient care while working in an occupied hospital
  • Financing under the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program

Solutions:

  • Laser scanning was integral to the mechanical coordination of operating rooms
  • Special earth support was developed to maintain the main road and eliminate traffic flow concerns
  • Use of extensive safety and ICRA mitigation protocols
  • Core facility upgrades performed including high & medium pressure steam connections, modification to a chilled water plant and the installation of a new emergency generator
  • An innovative soil management plan controls cost and maintains schedule
  • Value engineering keeps the project within budget
  • Early enabling packages relocate utilities prior to new construction

Results:

  • Inpatient renovations add private patient rooms, family support and waiting areas to enhance patient experience and satisfaction
  • Keeps patients closer to home by enabling LGG surgeons to perform more complicated procedures locally
  • State-of-the-art interactive hybrid operating rooms eliminate the need to travel to the major Boston hospitals for complicated cases
  • BOND’s flexibility in cost, schedule and accounting made adhering to the NMTC a seamless process