From the outside, Trinity Health’s future hospital and medical complex looks nearly complete. The enclosed multi-story structure towers silently above the frozen landscape.
But inside, crews are hard at work – roughing in the walls that will form the lobbies, patient rooms, and exam areas, and creating the infrastructure that will bring the new building to life.
Since taking over management of the project early last year, JE Dunn Construction has achieved major progress at the site. A chief accomplishment was enclosing the exterior structure and installing insulation so crews can work comfortably inside the building through the winter months.
“What we’re seeing here today is remarkable,” said Trinity Health Vice President Randy Schwan. “We’ve watched the building go up like a giant erector set. Now we’re seeing changes continue as crews work fulltime getting the walls up, the infrastructure, AC, heat, and electrical. They’ve been able to come a long way in a short amount of time thanks to an excellent team.”
An important area of focus has been the Central Energy Plant, an adjacent structure that houses the massive boilers, generators, and air conditioning units that will heat, cool, and power the entire health complex. An engineering marvel is the electrical room, a power hub with rows of electrical closets and overhead conduits that will carry power from the hub to the myriad of electrical equipment and end-user devices. “It’s very precise, like a work of art, actually,” Schwan said.
With nearly two years to go, the project appears to be well within schedule.
“We expect the plant to be sending heating and cooling to the complex by May. That will allow crews to do the finishing work in conditioned air,” said JE Dunn Project manager Aaron Guider. “I feel very fortunate; it’s been exciting to take on a community project like this, working with our Trinity Health partners.”
Thanks to the work of JE Dunn’s crews and the Trinity Health team, the end result will be a highly efficient and comfortable facility that will serve the region for generations.