Turner Construction Company Selected as Construction Manager for MetroHealth’s Campus Transformation
Turner Construction Company will lead the construction management of The MetroHealth System’s campus transformation, which includes the construction of a new 270-room hospital on its West 25th Street main campus, a connector building to the existing Critical Care Pavilion and a central utility plant. Turner’s proposed team includes four local partners, including three minority-owned firms. Together, the team committed to implementing a community plan that will help MetroHealth reach its diversity goals and strengthen the local economy. MetroHealth’s Board of Trustees approved hiring the companies at its regularly scheduled board meeting last night.
“Turner has vast experience in health care construction management. They have the expertise and knowledge to undertake a project as important as MetroHealth’s nearly $1 billion campus transformation,” said Walter Jones, senior vice president of campus transformation at MetroHealth. “The construction support of the locally-owned companies allows us bring more jobs to the area while staying committed to diversity. All companies have a robust respect for the impact the project will have on the community.”
“We’re excited to be part of the team on MetroHealth’s campus transformation,” said Jason Jones, vice president and general manager of Turner Cleveland. “As the top health care builder, projects like these are our specialty. We’ll use a lean construction process, and draw from both our local technical expertise and national best practices to deliver a high-quality health care facility for MetroHealth’s patients, staff and visitors.”
The companies will spend the next year in pre-construction planning, working with Hammel, Green and Abrahamson Inc. (HGA), the company chosen as the master architect and engineer for the campus transformation project. In that time, a new 1500-car parking garage is being built on MetroHealth’s main campus. The garage will replace the current Southpoint garage, which is the site of the future new hospital tower.
A space on the ground floor of a building on MetroHealth’s main campus has been designated as construction headquarters for all the companies. The shared location was designed for improved communication and collaboration, which will result in time and cost savings.
Four firms responded to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Construction Manager role. Turner’s proposal included the four local partners. Turner has been building in Northeast Ohio for 110 years, and has completed numerous health care construction projects locally. They are currently managing the construction of MetroHealth’s new hospitals in Cleveland Heights and Parma, set to open in January 2018.
According to a report from Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, MetroHealth’s transformation plan may support up to 5,618 new and existing jobs that could result in $873.3 million in total output of economic benefit for Cuyahoga County. The study says the city of Cleveland would see most of the impact, with more than 3,200 jobs supported and a total economic benefit of more than $513 million.
The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.
MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.