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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.

About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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