Skanska was selected as construction manager for the Patient Tower Expansion and new Central Energy Plant at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a public hospital founded in 1925. The tower replaces the oldest wings (built 1950-60s) of the hospital and includes the latest features in infection control and hurricane hardening construction. Phase 1 involved the construction of the new 40,000-SF central energy plant. Phase 2 included construction of the new 220,000-SF, ten-story patient tower and renovations to 98,000-SF of existing space. Connectivity to the other sections of the hospital was accomplished by a series of connector bridges totaling 85,000-SF.
The patient bed tower houses expanded services for pediatrics, labor and delivery, orthopedics, cardiology, women’s services, infant care, an expanded NICU, 191 new private beds, and additional isolation rooms to enhance infection control measures and oncology services. Also included in the project were (4) new Operating Rooms (built over existing spaces in the hospital) and the renovation of existing Operating Rooms inside the original hospital. The replacement of existing MRI equipment and installation of new equipment was also included in the scope, as well as new Central Sterile and Sterile Supply areas.
The Courtyard Tower and related main campus improvements were one of the city’s largest construction projects. In addition, the project took place directly above and adjacent to, the existing fully-functioning hospital and an adjacent residential neighborhood.