AOW was selected as the general contractor to complete a 46,000 square foot demolition and renovation of the C Building Basement Operating Suite and Adult & Pediatric Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). This project was of special significance to AOW as the original operating suite was built by AOW’s Owner, Dick Oliver, over 40 years previous to the renovation.
Even though this job played to two of AOW’s strengths; demolition and performing work adjacent to critical or sensitive care units; the work presented AOW with several challenges. Operating Rooms adjacent to the active work spaces needed to remain fully functional, with uninterrupted patient and staff travel. All shut downs and removals had to be properly coordinated in order to avoid disruption in services. Strict time frames were placed on AOW by the Hospital in respect to material removals and deliveries, with the majority of material movement occurring on the night shift and weekends. Extensive planning and coordination between AOW, AMC Engineering, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health and Safety was required in order to ensure proper temporary protections and ventilation were in place in order to guarantee the safety of patients and staff.
Once Demolition was complete, the Renovation Phase which was originally aggressively scheduled to complete over a 4-month time period, was quickly changed to 3 months in order to accommodate the need for surgical services to resume. AOW was flexible in its approach to meet this time constraint often working around the clock; the participation of our subcontractors in order to meet the Owner’s timeframe was crucial to the successful completion of this work. The Owner, AOW, and our subcontractors worked hand-in-hand to complete this project in the required timeframe.
The new basement Operating Suite now houses 6 Orthopedic Operating Rooms, 7 Operating Rooms, 2 Procedure Rooms, 20 PACU beds, and a dedicated laboratory and support areas. These spaces are all state-of-the-art, constructed in close coordination with the Owner to meet the needs of the Staff caring for patients every day.