SLAM’s in-house structural studio collaborated with the design and construction team to develop a structural column grid that provided an efficient framework for planning, construction and future growth. The resulting structural/planning module effectively accommodated the program, provided flexibility for future needs, and was cost effective to build.
The joint venture of Trinity New England-Saint Francis Hospital, Lighthouse Surgeons (a group of orthopedic and spine surgeons) and Woodland Anesthesiology Associates were looking to build a new outpatient orthopedic surgery center that could meet the needs of a growing patient population. They wanted a free standing facility that was designed for the specific and unique requirements of orthopedic & spine surgery and related pain management, under one roof, in a same-day care setting close to the St. Francis Hospital campus. The building site presented several challenges including existing facilities relocations, poor soils, abatement and drainage.
SLAM worked closely with the clients to coordinate the many stakeholder needs and keep the project running smoothly and within budget. The integration of design and construction allowed for innovation, flexibility and responsiveness during the construction process. Early phasing included site enabling, abatement and occupant relocation during the approval period. The design and construction also incorporated the utilization of pre-fabricated steel wall panels which allowed framing fabrication to proceed concurrently with the foundation installation, expediting the schedule.
SLAM’s collaborative team planned, designed and constructed a beautiful, efficient and patient-centered surgery facility that was within budget, ahead of schedule and provides future flexibility for the Health Network, Hospital and physicians group.
Unique to freestanding surgery centers, is an onsite sterile processing area which reduces the need to transport sterile equipment, keeping safety at the forefront.