By RITA DUCKWORTH
The completion of Memorial Hospital East and the ongoing construction of an associated Medical Office Building in Shiloh continue to transform the health-care marketplace in the region.
Chosen for its reputation as a local community and construction leader and its past relationships with the hospital, Swansea-based Holland Construction Services is playing an integral role in the development of the Shiloh medical campus. Dan Sternau, Holland’s market leader for health care, served as project manager for Memorial Hospital East as well as for the new Medical Office Building.
The three-story building is being constructed through the design/build delivery method.
“We were contracted for the site, core and shell of the building,” says Sternau. “As construction began, we started to design the tenant spaces.”
Overlapping the design and construction processes allows for fewer issues and changes on the project. Managing the job in this way can be more cost effective for the owners.
“We meet with the managers of the tenant suites at a later stage in the process. This allows us to get more ‘real time’ information on their wants and needs,” he said.
The building will be mixed-use in nature, which adds a few regulatory and code complications to construction. Ambulatory and non-ambulatory care suites require different certifications by the state and other agencies, so each suite must be designed to meet the specific classification and codes for its intended use.
Sternau sees advantages to working exclusively on health-care related projects in recent years. Immersing himself in the codes, design standards, and overall processes of the complex field has made him, and Holland, specialists in the local health-care marketplace.
“The hospital is such an enhancement to the community where we live and work,” says Sternau. “We’re fortunate and thankful that Memorial Hospital sees the value in having us involved.”