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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Facts & Figures Owner: Froedtert Hospital Type of Project: Expansion and renovation of an emergency department Size: 4,976 square feet (expansion) Cost: $6 million (construction costs)

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Emergency Department Expansion & Renovation

Construction Time: March 2007 - November 2007 The Need: To improve hospital workflow and save steps for the medical staff members The Challenge: Maintaining a safe environment throughout construction


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Photos courtesy of Gilbane Building Company

Following an expansion and ren-

units included new cooling and heat-

ty plan with hospital security staff,

ovation, Froedtert & The Medical

ing coils — a complicated procedure

the fire department and the building

College of Wisconsin Emergency

because the team could not shut the

inspection department ensured all

Department (ED) offers a superi-

unit down since it was the only air-

emergency egress paths were open

or experience for patients and an

handling unit serving the area.

and up to code. The project was

excellent workspace for the medical


completed without any accidents,

staff. The sole Level I trauma cen-

performed construction manage-



and no patients were in harm’s way.

ter in eastern Wisconsin, the center

ment services for the project. As an

handles 52,000 emergency patients

around-the-clock emergency center,

meetings led to an acceptable bud-

and 3,000 trauma cases annually.

the ED had to continue operations

get. All the team members were

“Rising demand for emergency and

throughout construction. The most

involved, including the architect,

trauma care drove the expansion

innovative aspect to this project was

engineers and the owner. They ana-

and renovation project,” said Neil

the comprehensive phasing plan.

lyzed every system and component

Jensen, project manager, facility plan-

Together, the owner, architect and

to maximize value and developed

ning and development for Froedtert

construction management team

the phasing plan not only to meet

Hospital, the project’s owner.

developed this phasing plan to mini-

the owner’s occupancy and opera-

The project was designed to

mize disruptions. Gilbane planned

tional requirements, but also to iden-

improve workflow and save steps for

the construction process so the

tify time savings and minimize dis-

the medical staff members. Patient

department had at least 17 exam

ruptions, resulting in savings to the

exam rooms increased from 17 to

rooms open at all times. The team

owner. Additionally, a thorough buy-

34, trauma bays increased from three

members met daily to discuss activi-

out process yielded owner savings

to four, and the project added three

ties and potential disruptions that

since the contingency funds were

triage rooms and a computerized

might occur.

used sparingly. During construction,



tomography (CT) scanner. In addi-

The greatest challenge was main-

several opportunities arose to utilize

tion, the waiting areas, exam areas

taining a safe working environment

existing components, which incor-

and minor-care spaces were renovat-

since the project occurred in close

porated additional savings.

ed; the main entrance was relocated

proximity to patients. The solution

The finished results justify all the

to an alternate entrance; and a con-

involved installing drywall to isolate

careful planning. Patients and staff

ference room was converted into a

patient-care space from construction

members alike appreciate the new,

temporary waiting area. Mechanical

space and monitoring all infection-

improved ED. n

upgrades to the existing air-handling

control concerns. An interim life-safe-

— June Campbell

healthcare facilities

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