There are 11 private patient rooms within the unit as well as support space, lactation consultant areas, an ultrasound and a multipurpose room. Custom graphic wall protection at the footwall of each patient bed and accent walls and light wood accents give a softer feel to the space. All patient rooms have stick-built headwalls for gases and outlets and solid surface sinks. We also refurbished 2 On-call rooms and a staff lounge in an adjoining unit. The 8th-floor portion of the project was complete in February 2021, almost 2 months before our contractual date.
The 9th floor consisted of demolishing and fitting out approximately 19,650 square feet of space to construct the UPMC Children’s Hospital, Harrisburg Campus. This portion of the project included a state-of-the-art Children’s lobby which includes an interactive light wall, a “tree fort” with rotating kaleidoscopes, a toddler play area, and space for teens to use tablets and video games. The lobby casework was all specialty custom casework with curved surfaces and a custom glass wall. Each of the 11 private patient rooms on the 9th floor has a boom installed and provisions for telehealth monitoring. Custom colored lighting fixtures and graphic wall protection give the space a brighter feel with a lot of colors, although these provided challenges with material lead times. The 9th floor was originally scheduled to be complete on 3/31/21, with the 8th-floor finishing first, but in April 2020 the Owner refocused and had the 9th floor complete in November 2020.
Challenges on both floors include utility relocations and coordinating shutdowns with hospital staff and maintenance. We performed almost 100 shutdowns throughout the project. Keeping up housekeeping and constantly verifying ICRA in an active hospital environment proved time-consuming.