Kinsley recently completed renovations to create a new heart and vascular center for Hanover Hospital, a non-profit community hospital in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
The work to create the new center included the renovation of 12,000 sf of unoccupied space on the hospital’s second floor. The new heart and vascular (cath lab) suite provides patients with diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The newly renovated suite is made up of 17 patient rooms, two interventional rooms, conference rooms, and various staff work areas. The interventional rooms are furnished with complex medical equipment which is utilized for various cardiac procedures, including heart catheterizations. The new vascular suite provides Hanover Hospital with an increase in patient rooms, as well as a larger procedural footprint.
Prior to the start of construction, demolition of the existing unoccupied space was necessary. Several challenges presented themselves during demolition, as many of the existing utilities were kept in place. These utilities were later tied into new systems – a process which required critical attention to detail and the MEP design. Additionally, although the construction space was unoccupied, occupied clinical areas surrounded the suite and some work was required in these areas. In order to support the weight of the new medical equipment, structural steel had to be installed through the first floor lab ceiling. Prior to installation of the steel, extensive coordination and planning was required to minimize the amount of disruption in the lab area. The work was successfully completed during night-shift hours. The lab staff complimented the Kinsley team on their success in coordinating and completing the process as planned, with no interruption to the work flow of the lab.
Because work occurred in various parts of the hospital, contractors were required to adhere to the hospital’s ICRA requirements which necessitated negative air flow machines and constant oversight of the project site. The use of tacky mats and zippered partitions, daily job site monitoring, and cooperation from all contractors resulted in a clean and compliant construction environment. Such practices are crucial in a hospital environment, as many patients are not able to tolerate dirt, dust, and debris.
Design changes proved to be another challenge throughout the course of the project. The changes originated both from field conditions and owner modifications. Contractors pushed to accommodate the changes while focusing on the original schedule dates established in the early phases of the project. After several large changes were made, the project schedule was extended by two weeks. Design changes continued to occur after the schedule was extended, but further schedule extensions were not requested as the hospital had very critical milestone dates that could not be missed. The Kinsley team worked diligently through the scope changes and completed the project without requesting additional time. The successful completion of the project within the hospital’s scheduling restraints resulted in positive feedback from hospital administration. The project wrapped up on December 12, 2015, and the first patient was treated in the new heart and vascular suite on December 14, 2015.
The heart and vascular center is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and features calming finishes throughout. Decorative glass, dimming lights, and soothing color palettes are just a few of the touches incorporated into the space. The suite proves to be functional for the hospital’s staff while offering patients and their families a warm environment during recovery and treatment. The successful completion of this project has enhanced the relationship between Kinsley Construction, Hanover Hospital, the architect, Marshall Craft Associates, and the MEP Engineer, Leach Wallace. Both Hanover Hospital and Marshall Craft recognized the difficulties that Kinsley faced during construction and commended the team’s successful completion of the project.