The Rebirth of Grandview Medical Center

July 1, 2015

Brasfield & Gorrie first began construction on the 13-story, 1 million sq ft hospital building in 2002, completing the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) infrastructure and exterior shell before the project was shuttered due to the owner’s legal issues. A decade later, new owner Community Health Systems won a long-fought battle to complete the hospital and relocate Trinity Medical Center there. Brasfield & Gorrie has now finished the work it started by creating a home for Trinity, which became Grandview Medical Center when it relocated to the facility on October 10, 2015.

When construction began in 2002, the facility was intended to be “the hospital of the future,” combining the latest in wireless technology and Internet applications with the most advanced medical equipment available. The 2013 project team approached the project’s resurrection with strong emotions—particularly the desire to do justice to the original project’s intent despite the challenges created by the facility’s long dormancy. Those challenges included extensive retrocommissioning of the building’s systems and renovations based on design and building code changes, all without the benefit of complete as-built drawings.

Working with existing conditions presented significant challenges but also provided the team with the opportunity to employ a wide range of technologies as well as to try new ones—which cut costs, increased efficiency, and opened the door to new ways to capture and organize data throughout the construction process.

Background

Brasfield & Gorrie and strategic partner A.G. Gaston served as construction managers for the $280 million project. The scope included the build-out of the mostly unfinished 1 million sq ft Grandview Medical Center as well as related construction of an eight-story, 220,000 sq ft medical office building and a 1.2 million
sq ft parking garage for Daniel Corporation.

The new hospital offers 372 beds and one empty shell floor for future beds. Included are 72 intensive care unit beds, 17 rehabilitation beds, 60 psychiatric beds, 14 post-partum beds, and 209 medical/surgical beds. The facility includes 30 operating rooms and space for future expansion. Floors one through four in the hospital span more than 3 acres each.

Founded in 1964, Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets. We are skilled in construction best practices, including virtual design and construction, integrated project delivery, and lean construction, but we are best known for our preconstruction and self-perform expertise and exceptional client service. Brasfield & Gorrie has 12 offices and approximately 2,600 employees. Our 2015 revenues were $2.3 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 29th among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2016.


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