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Institutional | BENCHMARK CONSTRUCTION - LANCASTER GENERAL HOSPITAL EXPANSION

Lancaster General Hospital
continues to operate while
the expansion is underway.

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Cohesive Team
EARLY WORK ON A HOSPITAL HELPED BENCHMARK BETTER SOLVE CHALLENGES. BY TIM O'CONNOR

T

he city of Lancaster, Penn., has
only 59,322 residents, according
to the latest U.S. Census data, but
its downtown area is as vibrant as
any other town. Building a major project in
the center of the city has the potential be a
major disruption to the people who live and
work there.
So when Lancaster General Health began
planning a major expansion of its downtown hospital it knew it needed a contractor
who could balance not only the needs of the
project, but also those of the residents and
businesses nearby.
Benchmark was the clear choice to helm
the project. For the past 28 years, whenever Lancaster General Health needed to
renovate a department or make an addition,

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it called on Benchmark. "There is a level of
trust there that I think is uncommon in the
industry," explains Chris Flynn, Benchmark
project executive.
"They [Benchmark] really have to work as
a conductor of a large orchestra," says John
Lines, public relations manager for Lancaster General Health. "All these players come in
with different talents and different perspectives. It's our audience - the neighbors and
stakeholders - that have to be pleased with
the final performance.
"We are very pleased with how well
Benchmark works with our neighbors
to understand the impact that ongoing
construction over an extended period of
time can have over the quality of life of our
neighbors," Lines adds.

The project will add six floors on top of an
existing three-story portion of the hospital's structure. That extra space will add 60
patient rooms, to bring the total to 533 beds.
More importantly, the hospital's existing
71 semi-private rooms (142 beds total) will
eventually be converted into private rooms
with single patients, improving Lancaster General's already impressive facility.
Additionally, Lancaster General will have
the flexibility to fit out the fourth and fifth
floors to add additional beds in the future.

Creating Communication
Work on the foundation commenced
in October 2015. Design packages were
prioritized and distributed to ensure that
Benchmark had the information needed to


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