Chalmette Medical Center ICU, Lab, Patient Room Additions & Renovations

Project Overview

This complex project was a 63,000 SF structural steel addition to an existing, fully operational hospital including an intensive care unit, laboratory space, and patient rooms.

Quality workmanship achieved in a professional manner... The Project Management team is organized and committed to complete the project within the very condensed construction time... coordination oriented, experienced team approach that resolved issues immediately... preparation of cost proposal documentation with proposed changes was exceptional... having been exposed to numerous public low bid contractors during our 30+ years of practice it was a refreshing experience working with The McDonnel Group...
Henry Duplantier
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Lessons Learned

Challenge: During construction, McDonnel encountered a live electrical duct bank, which was not indicated on the drawings or specifications, and was feeding an existing, functioning hospital wing. This large underground electrical bank caused several major conflicts with the proposed mechanical specifications and drawings.

Solution: McDonnel conducted extensive research to prepare accurate field verifications and modifications necessary and provided this critical information to the architectural and mechanical consultants. McDonnel collaborated with the architectural designers and mechanical engineers, and together the team was able to develop an innovative solution which allowed for the redesign of the mechanical systems. This resulted in a practical, workable, cost effective, and efficient mechanical system for the client.