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MCCARTHY HELPS REBUILD A
HOSPITAL DESTROYED BY A
TORNADO. BY BRIAN SALGADO
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
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.
»The newexpected to be
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. –
• Construction cost: $345 millio
• Location: Joplin, Mo.
• Employees on site at peak: 650
• Scope of work: 890,000-square
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
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Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
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