P. Agnes Inc. – Lankenau Medical Center

For more than 90 years, P. Agnes Inc. has strived to provide the best possible general contracting and construction management services to its clients throughout the Delaware Valley. For more than 150 years, Lankenau Medical Center has cared for and treated residents of suburban Philadelphia with advanced healthcare services. When two organizations with such long histories of excellence come together on a single project, it goes without saying that such a project would be among the best in the region. That is what P. Agnes and Lankenau Medical Center are counting on with the construction of the hospital’s new Patient Pavilion.

The new five-story, 281,000-square-foot Patient Pavilion will house the hospital’s specialized heart, lung and vascular care facilities, and is part of a larger $529 million expansion and renovation project on the hospital’s 92-acre campus in Wynnewood, Pa. The new building will consist of 96 private inpatient rooms that include 32 intensive care unit beds and two 32-bed telemetry inpatient care units. The new building will surround and connect existing buildings on campus. Other portions of the expansion project include a 1,300-car parking garage, improvements to existing buildings and significant enhancements to intensive care units, patient areas, laboratories and lobbies. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2013, according to the hospital.

Rigorous Demands

Helping to bring that project to life is Philadelphia’s P. Agnes, itself no stranger to large-scale healthcare projects like Lankenau’s Patient Pavilion. Senior Project Manager Bill Lawyer says the firm has been performing projects at Lankenau for the last 15 years, and that long-running relationship has been key in keeping this project on track and on schedule.

P. Agnes serves as the construction manager on the Patient Pavilion project, and Lawyer says the company has been working closely with the project’s architectural team and design team. This has created a close-knit team atmosphere that has proved especially helpful when coordinating the different phases of the work. “It’s been a major task, but we go through ongoing meetings on a regular basis,” Lawyer says. “We address issues, we attack them immediately and we resolve them as quickly as possible.”

In order to keep the hospital’s operations running smoothly even as construction goes on all around it, P. Agnes has phased the Patient Pavilion project into three stages. The first phase involved building a parking garage and the first half of the patient tower. Once certain elements of the patient tower are up and running, the next phase involves demolishing an existing building. The final phase will be to finish off the patient tower.

Lawyer says the most significant challenge faced by P. Agnes on the site, perhaps not surprisingly, is coordinating the complicated systems and utilities that are essential to the hospital’s operations. “Part of that process is the phasing of the project in its entirety,” Lawyer says. “It’s basically done to accommodate that.”

Coordinating the work around the hospital’s busy schedule is one thing, but it’s not the only consideration P. Agnes has had to make on the project. Because Lankenau Medical Center is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, construction crews have had to watch their step. Lawyer says P. Agnes has accommodated the hospital’s neighbors by scheduling the start of the workday at 8 a.m., rather than the usual 6 a.m.

“It’s a bit harder for the workers to get used to doing that, but we want to make sure we keep a good relationship with the hospital and the neighbors, so that’s something we have incorporated into the project,” Lawyer says.

Family Strength

P. Agnes has a long history of completing difficult projects in the Northeast. A third-generation family owned company, P. Agnes says its heritage is one of its strongest attributes. “The right history of P. Agnes Inc. is a successful illustration of how to apply pragmatic solutions and technical expertise, to meet the diverse challenges of design and construction,” the company says. “Our methods emphasize working closely with owners to bring about the most efficient and practical methods to build [their] projects. Our total team approach accentuates our commitment to perform as a central resource for the owner, providing accurate and timely information to control the project’s budget, schedule and quality.”

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