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.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.