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U RAL SO -CEN F MCCARTHY HELPS REBUILD A HOSPITAL DESTROYED BY A TORNADO. BY BRIAN SALGADO OC US W hen an EF5 multiple-vortex tornado tore through Joplin, Mo., in May 2011, it caused $2.8 billion in damage while killing 158 people. The storm took vital institutions out of commission in a city with about 50,000 residents, including the St. John’s Mercy Regional Medical Center. Today, a new Mercy hospital – renamed Mercy Hospital Joplin – is under construction, and it will feature the latest technology available not just for patient care, but also to ensure the hospital will be able to withstand whatever Mother Nature might throw at it for decades to come. The new facility will occupy 825,000 square feet and cost $345 million to construct ($450 million including soft costs), according to John Farnen, executive director of strategic projects for Mercy Hospital Joplin. The construction team broke ground on a 100-acre site in January 2012, and Farnen says the project will be completed in March 2015. Tornado-proofing the Structure Dan O’Connor, a project manager hired through Northstar Management Co., says the storm-strengthening involved with this structures incorporates features that haven’t been installed on other hospitals. One such safety element is the use of laminate glass to protect against wind gusts of up to 250 mph. After surveying the tornado damage to the demolished St. John’s, officials realized the only glass that hadn’t been blown out during the storms had been used in the behavioral health unit, which relied on laminate glass to keep certain patients from harming themselves. The Mercy Joplin Hospital construction team partnered with Architectural Wall Systems of Iowa to develop windows with glass rated to withstand gusts of wind up to 250 mph. This glass will be used in critical care areas of the hospital. Mercy Hospital »The newexpected to be Joplin is completed in 2015. The weatherproofing of the project – led by HKS Architects Inc. – places the hospital’s boilers and generators out of harm’s way if another tornado touches down in the area. The central utility plant for Mercy Joplin Hospital is hardened and encased within a hillside to protect it from the elements. Also, the team has installed underground fuel tanks and a utility tunnel that connects to the hospital. McCarthy Buil Co Mercy Hospital ding lin s. – Jop ice/mercy-hospital-joplin • Construction cost: $345 millio n • Location: Joplin, Mo. • Employees on site at peak: 650 • Scope of work: 890,000-square foot hospital Dig, then Design Since residents of Joplin and the surrounding area had been relying on a temporary hospital since May 2011, time was of the essence to get the new Mercy Joplin Hospital out of the ground. To adhere to the schedule, Farnen says the construction team started constructing the foundation for the hospital long before the design plans had been finalized by architect HKS and construction manager McCarthy Buildings Co. “We were moving dirt before design development got started because this is a fast-track kind of a design/assist project,” Farnen reiterates. “As we were moving and excavating, we 111 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM Institutional | MCCARTHY BUILDING COS. – MERCY HOSPITAL JOPLIN TH T Healing at the Hospital http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January/February 2013
Case Studies
Best Practices
Business Management
Green Construction
Construction Materials
Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
Pratt Homebuilders
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
Morton Buildings
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Paric Corp.
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
Tishman Construction
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
P. Agnes
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Taylor Woodstone
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
INDOT: 1-69 Corridor
Palmetto Corp
Monroe Tractor
Wood's CRW Corp.
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