Winter Haven Hospital
Winter Haven, Florida
The Winter Haven Hospital West Expansion project is a true success story resulting from Doster's team approach to coordinate, plan and use effective communication techniques throughout the project. The expansion is a six-phase plan which Doster was contracted to build all six phases totaling over $45 million; Doster is currently on the Winter Haven Hospital campus completing the final two phases of work.
The first three phases of the project began in July 2006, and finished in September 2008. The first phase involved renovating and constructing a new temporary entrance to the hospital that eventually became an outpatient discharge area. The second phase of the project involved closing the main entrance to the hospital, demolishing the existing entrance canopy, and replacing the eight-story curtain wall system on the face of the building while the building was occupied.
The third phase of the project involved the basement; and the first and second floors. The first floor of the expansion included a new grand lobby complete with water features, a wellness center, conference area, new financial counseling offices and outpatient exam rooms. The second floor provided six new state-of-the-art operating rooms, 29 post anesthesia care unit (PACU) beds, 20 prep/recovery beds for endoscopy and support services areas. Phase five will include the construction of the hospital’s new endoscopy suite, and the completion of a new pharmacy, which began in phase four. Phase six provides a new ultrasound area, and completion of the hospital’s PACU.
The multiple phased project involved continuous coordination with the owner to ensure that hospital procedures and patient safety were not affected. Patient safety and interruption of daily activity at the hospital were great concerns to the owner since the largest phase of the project was constructed on top of and adjacent to the existing occupied, oncology center located in the basement of the hospital. The second phase of the project was even more challenging due to demolition and replacement of an existing eight-story curtain wall system while the patient tower was occupied. Doster and the facility team spent hours planning the work and perfecting infection control procedures and temporary barriers to maintain the highest level of patient care and safety.
This project was the recipient of an Associated General Contractors Build Alabama Award in 2008, and a recipient of a 2009 Excellence in Construction Award of Merit by the Associated Builders and Contractors Central Florida Chapter.