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Uncertainty has been looming over the construction market in many states for the past three years, and it’s no different in North Carolina, according to Raymond Lafrenaye, the University of North Carolina Health Care System’s vice president of facilities and planning. He says construction activity has decreased, but construction material prices seem to be increasing.

Cleveland has held the title of America’s “Medical Capital” for some time now. In 2013, the city will unveil its own healthcare Pentagon to the international medical industry. “The largest benefit of being in the Cleveland area is that Northeast Ohio has the largest concentration of medical leadership in the United States,” says Brian Casey, vice president and general manager of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., the private sector partner of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on this project.

After working on projects such as the Mount Olivet Chapel renovation and restoration in Pineville, La., and First Baptist Church in Jena, La., Ratcliff  Construction Co. has proven its capability on religious construction projects. It is working on its first project with Crossroads Church in Lafayette, La. As of August 2011, the project is more than 80 percent complete. 

Although the use of medical technology has been experiencing recent surges, the electricity used to power it cannot. The goal is to keep the electrical current for complex installations in hospitals smooth and steady. Ensuring that power is maintained throughout the original 12-story building of the MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Alkek Hospital while 12 floors were added to it was the job of KenMor Electric Co. LP, which also updated existing areas of the hospital. To tie into existing electrical equipment and for other reasons, electrical power had to be interrupted during the project, which began in March 2009 and was completed in August 2011.

Charles Perry Partners Inc. (CPPI) performed its first construction project for the North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) in Gainesville, Fla., more than 20 years ago. Since then, CPPI has performed numerous expansion and renovation projects on the campus, allowing it to understand the unique needs and challenges associated with hospital construction and specifically those of NFRMC.

Wishard Health Services – soon to be renamed Eskenazi Health – is building a replacement hospital on Indiana University’s campus in Indianapolis. The $754 million project broke ground in May 2010 and is expected to be completed by December 2013. The hospital will begin treating patients the first quarter of 2014.

The Ohio State University (OSU) turned to the largest healthcare contractor in America to deliver the largest construction project in its history. Turner Construction, with Lend Lease as its partner, is the construction manager for the OSU Medical Center expansion project in Columbus, Ohio. Turner Vice President Cliff Kazmierczak is the project director on the job worth more than $585 million in construction cost and slated for completion in July 2014.

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.

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