Memorial halfway through $60 million addition

Memorial halfway through $60 million addition

June 26th, 2011 by Ellis Smith in Business Around the Region

Workers unload structural steel for an expansion of Memorial Hospital, where 30 additional beds will be added above the emergency room.

• Who: Memorial Health Care System

• Name: Master Facility Plan, Phase 1

• Location: The hospital is pushing forward on major construction at both its main Chattanooga campus as well as its North Park location in Hixson, according to spokesman Brian Lazenby.

• Status: The project was initiated in July 2010, and Lazenby expects it to be complete by June 30, 2012.

• Price: The total cost is $60 million, with about $32 million going toward actual construction and the rest earmarked for other cost such as permitting, architectural drawings and regulatory compliance.

• Features: There are five major components to the project: A $24 million power plant will be completed in May 2012. In addition to new generators and cooling towers, the project includes a number of new infrastructure upgrades to the hospital. In the hospital itself, a non-surgical medical services expansion will cost $5.3 million, and is slated for a spring 2012 completion. The new clinical decision unit is a 30-bed observation ward built on top of the current emergency room that will cost $8 million, and new operating rooms, including one that contains imaging equipment, will be finished by fall 2011 at a cost of $10.5 million. At the North Park location, workers are conducting a $4.8 million utility upgrade, which will be done in spring 2012.

• Builders: T.U. Parks has partnered with Brasfield & Gorrie for the construction work at Memorial's main location. EMJ is the primary contractor at the hospital's North Park campus.