Monday, October 15th, 2018

PHH addition becoming a bricks/mortar reality

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018

From hole-in-the-ground to steel skeleton to bricks-and-mortar structure, the addition at Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) has evolved dramatically as 2018 has unfolded.

In recent weeks, construction crews and contractors have been furiously busy. They’ve poured and finished the concrete slab, put up exterior sheeting, worked on roofing and weatherproofing, roughed-in the walls, installed door frames, added fireproofing and insulation, run electrical conduit, framed exterior windows, installed ductwork and more.

Drivers who pass the hospital on U.S.-24 on a regular basis have noted the changing colors of the building’s exterior, from sheeting yellow to weatherproofing blue to brick red. With the brickwork now virtually finished, the addition looks much like the architect’s concept unveiled last November. Countless details have been taken into consideration, from bringing in natural light by incorporating huge windows into the north and east walls to matching the two-tone brick pattern to that of the existing building.

“It’s been unbelievable to see how quickly the steel structure has transformed into a building divided into rooms we’ve only seen on blueprints until now,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “Areas like wound clinic reception and the four gyms are now clearly defined. It’s really exciting to see how far it’s come.”

The scale of even a moderately sized building project such as this one is impressive when you look at the numbers. Here are a few recent figures from Weigand Construction, general contractor for the project:

Interior
There are roughly 3,550 feet of metal track was used at the top and bottom of 2/3 of a mile of wall space. About 3,100 studs form the skeleton that precedes drywalling. Approximately 35,500 feet of conduit is being installed to run wiring for electrical. That’s 6.72 miles of conduit! The fire barrier between the addition and the back of the existing medical office building is made up of close to 3,700 8-inch concrete blocks.

Exterior
Nearly 19,000 bricks were used – 15,000 red and 4,000 lighter, tan bricks. Connecting those bricks are 320 bags’ worth of mortar mixed with 50 tons of sand. Exterior sheeting consists of 225 (4-foot by 8-foot) sheets of a special dense fiberglass product. On the inside of the parapet walls, 65 (4 by 8) sheets of 5/8-inch treated plywood form the sheeting on which roofing has been attached.

Child’s play
Angie Hormann, manager, Rehab and Wellness Center, PHH, beams as she walks through the addition, pointing out the future locations of features that will make a huge difference for therapy patients, such as the motor gym. The gym was designed as a large space in which children with motor skills impairment or coordination challenges can work on big movements, like swinging a bat.

“These activities require more room than we’ve had up to now,” says Hormann. “See those steel anchors overhead? Each will support a swing. Swinging helps with sensory stimulation or calming, vestibular (balance) issues, and strengthening core muscles. So we’ve designed areas like this to allow us to provide more activities that will feel like play to the kiddos but are actually functional therapies. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to welcoming our pediatric patients and their families to this awesome space when it’s done!”

Thanks to the metal skeleton of studs, a visitor can walk down hallways into the gym spaces, exam rooms, a classroom and specialty areas, such as the Activities of Daily Living Suite. This suite offers a specially furnished environment in which patients can work on practical skills, like getting in and out of bed or reaching into cabinets and navigating the kitchen to cook a meal.

“With the large spaces at the core of the building and the smaller, exam rooms around the edges, we’ll have a better balance now between private and collaborative spaces,” says Hormann. “Our adult patients will really appreciate the added privacy, especially when they are sharing their medical histories or other sensitive information with their therapists. Providing the enhanced patient experience was at the heart of the design.”

There is still much work ahead. Johnson and Hormann are already working on expanding the Rehab and Wellness team, as the addition moves closer to completion. And from drywall, HVAC and electrical work to painting, finishes, furniture and equipment, the facility needs a few more months to fully take shape.

“By next spring, the addition will be open,” says Johnson. “While we already offer a wide variety of adult and pediatric therapies, we anticipate bringing even more types on line, plus wellness classes and services like massage therapy. With our new facility, we’ll be an even better resource for our community.”

The hospital’s Rehab and Wellness Center continues to serve patients throughout construction. Once the addition is nearly complete, daily operations will move into the new section while crews renovate the existing area. At the completion of the renovation, the newly rechristened Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center will take on a new life, along with the state-of-the-art clinic for wound healing.

Shown in the photo are Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital and Doug Selig, vice president, Patient Care Services. Both were all smiles when they saw the rapid progress on the construction site during a visit in early May.