The five-story, 102-bed hospital includes an emergency department, diagnostic imaging, cardiology services, surgical suite, and a Women’s and Babies unit. A central utility plant connected by an underground utility tunnel was also part of the project.
As part of Quandel’s contract, we selected design-assist trade partners for mechanical, electrical and plumbing, structural, and fire protection. As a trade partner, Performance Construction Company complete concrete foundations, including spread footings, grade beams, basement walls, retaining walls, steps, and loading docks. Utilizing an integrated project approach, the team – UPMC Central PA, designers, Quandel, and trade partners – worked diligently to complete construction in 24 months.
Due to unique site constraints, the project involved multiple construction challenges. One site challenge was the unsuitable soils with multiple sink holes. To provide a stable foundation system, more than 700 micropiles have been installed. Another challenge was the 18” basement foundation retaining wall set atop concrete grade beams, all of which were poured in the middle of winter. Despite these conditions, the project was completed early and under budget.