Because of the important work being done inside healthcare facilities, infrastructure downtime is not an option. Patient care and successful outcomes are on the line every minute of every day. Lee Company offers an integrated approach to design, construction, preventive maintenance and operations that keeps healthcare facilities running smoothly. We have been working in this industry for decades, and today we are uniquely qualified to assess our healthcare clients’ needs and offer innovative solutions.
Lee Company is an American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)–certified contractor, licensed in more than 30 states. Our integrated team of professional engineers, construction managers and service technicians delivers the quality services and results that healthcare clients demand, including those specific to this industry:
- JCAHO accreditation
- Lean methods for operations, design and construction
- Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and medical-gas shutdown services
- Monitoring/inspection of life safety and other critical systems
- Disaster preparedness
- Energy services
- Design/build mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems
- Commissioning/test and balance/building automation systems
- FM2 – Lee Company’s turnkey facilities management and maintenance process
- Water treatment
- Mechanical, electrical and plumbing diagnostics and forensics
- Specialty fabrication
- Turnkey solutions
Centennial Medical Center
Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie
Contract Amount: $12,202,253
This plan/spec HVAC and plumbing project consisted of 230,000 square feet of additions and renovations. It was the second phase of a $143 million expansion that enabled HCA to consolidate heart care services at its flagship hospital.
A third floor was added over the existing functioning hospital, and three additional floors were added to the heart care tower. Because of the size and location of this addition and renovation, the greatest challenge was completing the project without negatively affecting the operation of the hospital and the care of its patients. Infection-control measures, night shifts and 36-hour shifts minimized interruptions to the facility. Sanitary changes to support the construction of the new floor had to occur above ceilings in the functioning operating rooms below. Lee Company identified the rooms and coordinated night work with hospital staff, keeping the rooms open every day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate scheduled surgeries. Infection-control provisions were set up and removed every night, and rooms were sterilized every morning for one year.
Our crews worked in shifts, day and night, to minimize disruptions to the facility while they helped add 100,000 square feet to the hospital and tower. We also helped complete 130,000 square feet of renovations that resulted in a new pharmacy, classroom, patient rooms and cardiovascular operating rooms.
The extensive list of equipment installed included a 60-ton, air-cooled chiller serving AHU 9; nine hydronic pumps with a total of 410 horsepower; four air-handling units; and 43 new exhaust fans. All this work was completed without disrupting ongoing hospital operations.
Troy Community Hospital
Owner: Guthrie Health
Contractor: Layton Construction Company
Contract Amount: $3,763,796
Lee Company provided mechanical and plumbing design and build services for the construction of this 55,000-square-foot hospital in rural Pennsylvania.
The construction method using insulating concrete forms (ICFs) provided only a small window to install underground plumbing. Because of time and cost constraints, we used coordinated drawings from a fully integrated building information model (BIM) to spool and fabricate the underground plumbing on-site. To stay out ahead of the framers, prefabricated plumbing cans were built and shipped to accelerate the in-wall rough-in required on 265 plumbing fixtures.
We installed a piped medical-gas system that includes oxygen, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, medical air and a medical vacuum with local alarm panels and isolation valves, as well as two master alarm panels.
We also installed 74,000 pounds of sheet metal, three Trane DX packaged rooftop units providing 215 tons of cooling, two 113-horsepower Bryan boilers and two dual-fuel water heaters for domestic hot water.
Our system of working—which Guthrie Health’s project manager called highly integrated from the start—allowed us to meet an extremely tight schedule while saving time, paperwork and money.
Saint Joseph Hospital
Owner: Catholic Health Initiatives
Contractor: R.J. Griffin & Company
Contract Amount: $21,263,291
Lee Company provided the mechanical, plumbing and medical-gas systems for Catholic Health Initiative’s replacement hospital. The new facility consists of 324,000 square feet and 120 patient beds. We coordinated the plumbing, mechanical, fire sprinkler and electrical trades, utilizing 3-D modeling.
The mechanical systems consist of two water-cooled 750-ton centrifugal chillers; two 500-BHP heating hot-water boilers; two 25-BHP and one 80-BHP steam boilers; seven air-handling units totaling 270,000 CFM of airflow; 36 fans totaling about 250,000 CFM of airflow; two 750-ton cooling towers; 406 VAV boxes; 21 pumps; and a 25,000-gallon underground fuel tank.
The plumbing system features 948 drains and fixtures, 1,185 medical-gas outlets, a complete medical-gas alarm system and the associated medical-gas source equipment.
We performed 70 percent of the work and hired a majority of the required employees from the southeastern region of Kentucky, keeping costs down while providing jobs for the local community.