Piedmont Newnan Hospital

The down economy spelled trouble for many construction projects across the country, and lack of funding delayed many projects indefinitely. By intentionally delaying the construction of its replacement hospital, however, Piedmont Newnan Hospital in metropolitan Atlanta estimates it is saving more than $30 million in construction costs, while maintaining the original scope of the project.

“We were excited to proceed with the construction of this world-class hospital,” said Gregory A. Hurst, chairman of the Piedmont Newnan Hospital board of directors and executive vice president/COO for Piedmont Healthcare. “As a result of our intentional delay of this project, we expected to realize approximately $35 million in savings from the original cost projections, without compromising the facility or services.”

Piedmont originally broke ground on the replacement hospital in October 2008, and then paused the work in December of that year. The Piedmont Healthcare board of directors voted in December 2009 to restart the project, and work resumed in February 2010. By delaying the work, Piedmont was able to take advantage of reduced construction costs and secure more reasonable interest rates for funding as the market stabilized. The hospital rebid the entire project and worked with general contractor BE&K Building Group and architect Perkins+Will to reduce the project’s costs. Piedmont plans to open the new hospital in spring 2012.

The Piedmont Healthcare board of directors was encouraged to restart the project after operational results and realized efficiencies reflected effective management of Piedmont Newnan Hospital, it says.

“Piedmont’s commitment to this community is evident in the many improvements already accomplished at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, with its steadfast pursuit of this project and its attention to fiscal and civic responsibility,” said Michael Bass, president and CEO for Piedmont Newnan Hospital. “Our intentional delay in this project has ensured a new hospital that yields a reasonable margin, manageable debt load and acceptable financing costs.”

State-of-the-Art Services

The current Piedmont Newnan Hospital is located in Newnan, Ga., and Piedmont Healthcare decided to build the replacement hospital in Coweta County, as well, to meet a longstanding need for expanded healthcare services and to boost the local economy and community. The hospital says an increase in economic impact, local job creation and increased tax revenue from the on-site medical office building and other new community physicians will affect Coweta’s economic prosperity positively. The community also will benefit from the additional healthcare services that will be offered, business from the construction of the new facility and Piedmont’s commitment to serving the population in a modern, state-of-the-art facility. 

“The hospital was designed with a true focus on the patient experience,” Bass said.  “Many safety features such as additional handrails and extra wide entries into bathrooms are included.  The layout of the patient rooms and great expanses of windows that provide excellent exterior views from the bed serve to enhance the healing process and provide a more comfortable setting for the patient and family.”

The new nine-story, 362,500-square-foot replacement facility is being constructed on approximately 104 acres. When complete, it is expected to be the tallest building in the southwest metropolitan Atlanta area, and it will have 136 beds, eight operating rooms and an emergency department with 23 patient exam rooms. The design of the complex, according to Perkins+Will, improves patient access and wayfinding; provides flexibility for changing clinical, technology and community needs; increases operational efficiencies; and accommodates future growth. 

Private inpatient rooms will be adaptable to the acuity needs of patients. The new Piedmont Newnan Hospital will have 14 post-partum beds, 18 critical care beds and 104 general medical/surgical beds. 

At the end of June, much progress had been made on the construction of the new hospital since the project had been restarted in February 2010. Crews were: 

  • Priming and painting on the ground level;
  • Installing ceramic tile and casework, and installing the ceiling grid in the lab and pharmacy areas of level one;
  • Finishing the drywall in the second level;
  • Hanging drywall in levels three through six, which include the Women’s Services, Critical Care and Medical Surgical units of the hospital; and 
  • Performing HVAC/plumbing rough-in and framing interior walls on levels seven and eight of the structure.

The hospital has been designed to meet LEED Silver standards in an effort to reduce future operational costs, provide a healthier working environment and reduce the overall environmental impact of the project.

“Designated green spaces and natural areas serve to organize the overall campus and provide restorative spaces for patients, visitors and staff,” Perkins+Will says. “These ‘green belts’ are used to facilitate wayfinding, extending from public parking to the lobby and along the public mall. The public mall simplifies access to many of the clinical services and destinations for patients and visitors such as radiology, laboratory, cardiopulmonary and respiratory therapy services.”

Sought-After Expertise

Under a $94 million contract, BE&K Building Group’s Nashville, Tenn., and Atlanta offices are providing preconstruction and construction services for the replacement Piedmont Newnan Hospital. BE&K notes that it ranks No. 7 on Modern Healthcare’s list of Top General Contractors; No. 16 on Engineering News Record’s list of the Top 25 Contractors in Healthcare and No. 58 on its ranking of Top U.S. Green Contractors. Regionally, BE&K ranks at No. 6 on the list of Top Green Builders published by Southeast Construction.

The company attributes this success to the fact that BE&K’s healthcare senior management has an average of 30 years of experience, and has worked with many of the most prominent healthcare providers in the country. BE&K says it is currently providing preconstruction and construction services on more than 15 healthcare campuses, for a total of more than 4 million square feet and a value of more than $1.5 billion.

“Our healthcare expertise consists of a talented group of experienced professionals who share great personal chemistry that comes from successfully performing multiple assignments together and who have been part of teams that have successfully completed more than 18 million square feet of healthcare construction projects,” BE&K says. “Our ability to drive successful business results for our clients has resulted in a past track record of 85 percent repeat business assignments and numerous awards for our partnering skills. In general, these assignments range in type from vertical expansions to additions and renovations to greenfield facilities, and in size from $5 million to $350 million.”

Other key partners on the hospital project include Terracon.

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