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The design-assist method of construction delivery is delivering the “grand new,” 839,200-square-foot SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and welcoming patients Sept. 1. Owner SSM Health Saint Louis University, under the leadership of Facilities Director and SLU Hospital Campus Renewal Project Executive Don Wojtkowski, brought the 5-year, $550 million construction project to completion on schedule and within the original budget established exactly 5 years earlier. Alberici Constructors is the construction manager, with architectural design by Lawrence Group and HGA. Northstar Management Co. assisted Wojtkowski as the owner’s representative and also provided medical equipment services. Approximately 120 project partners contributed to the construction of the new teaching hospital, representing more than 2 million labor hours Located on a 16.65-acre greenfield site at 3635 Vista Avenue near the intersection of Chouteau Avenue and South Grand Boulevard, the new facility is adjacent to the existing one. It is the newest adult academic medical center in the St. Louis region and the first completely new hospital built in the City of St. Louis since 1933. The hospital has 276 beds (all private-

patient rooms). Under the category of interventional medicine, the facility houses 16 operating rooms, 5 cardiac interventional suites, 8 endoscopy suites and 7 imaging/special procedure suites. In terms of diagnostics, it includes 10 general radiology and fluoro radiation suites, 7 CTs, 3 MRIs, 3 nuclear medicine areas, 4 ultrasound rooms and one PET/ CT imaging suite. The adjoining parking building – which includes smart parking assistance technology – is built for 9001,000 vehicles, in addition to a gradelevel parking area outside the emergency department with 100 spaces. The ED is built to accommodate 55,000 visits annually. Staff began their transition into the new facility June 1. Undeniably, the new hospital is techforward. IMEG Corp. was tasked with the responsibility of leading the planning and engineering of a high-tech infrastructure to serve those who provide care as well as those who receive it. “This facility has a very robust interventional platform that supports all inpatient and outpatient surgery and recovery needs,” said Wojtkowski. “Our challenge was the integration of medical technology into the facility so it can be accessed by all patient care systems and is integrated into all patients’ electronic

medical records. Even with 40 years of experience dealing with healthcare construction, the continued evolution of technology makes every day a new experience,” he added. “The IT network in this facility is so important because everything is driven by it.” IMEG Principal and Client Executive/ Project Executive Mike Lawless led the engineering work including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection systems and technology, all of which integrate with the IT network. Part of the project’s scope included reconfiguring the electrical distribution system for the campus and adding a new substation. An expanded boiler plant and reconfiguration of the existing steam infrastructure was also part of the scope of work. “A lot of the IT work we’ve done is hidden above the ceiling and in the walls,” Lawless said. “In the operating rooms and isolation rooms as well as the adjoining corridors, for example, we designed and engineered the IT infrastructure and critical (air) pressure requirements.” Engineering the IT-driven emergency power system was another facet of IMEG’s work on the new hospital, he added. Nearly all the work was prefabricated via building information modeling (BIM) and virtual reality goggles to determine precise locations of ducts, pipes and other

Lighting up St. Louis for more than 65 years Proud be a project partner in building SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

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