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The USA Physicians Group professional office building taking shape along Springhill Avenue will include clinical space for oncology care provided by the faculty and staff of the Mitchell Cancer Institute, in addition to clinics for the Physicians Group.
The 133,000-square-foot building, located across the Geri Moulton Children’s Park from MCI, is slated to be complete in summer 2016. MCI Director Dr. Michael Finan said the space will help to accommodate the growth in the institute’s clinical practice, located across the Geri Moulton Children’s Park from the new building.
“This building will give us a beautiful opportunity to expand within walking distance,” Finan said. “Patients with a particular cancer will be able to see any of the specialists they need right in one area.”
Construction reached a significant landmark recently as engineers began tilting the building’s structural walls into place. Fabricated on site, the 39 concrete walls weighing approximately 60 tons each were lifted one by one onto the foundation, forming the exterior of the structure in just two days.
“The tilt wall process involves pouring the reinforced wall panels on the building’s slab on grade and then tilting the panels into place using a crane,” explained Patrick Duke with TPC Group, LLC, who is serving as the project management firm. “The next steps in the construction process will be to erect the structural steel, joist and decking, which will serve as the floors and roof for the building.”
The new building will contain 153 patient exam rooms, 16 nurses stations and seven educational conference rooms. “A large portion of the USA Physicians Group practice, including general pediatrics, pediatric subspecialties, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics and orthopaedic rehabilitation, neurosciences and ancillary care will move from their current locations to the new building,” said Becky S. Tate, health system administrator for ambulatory services and network development for the USA Health System.
Tate said the new state-of-the-art building will provide an expansion of clinical space for the physicians’ practice and will offer patients many additional conveniences.
“This is an exciting time for our Health System,” said Tate. “A great deal of planning and foundation work has taken place, but now we can actually see the building begin to take shape.”
Unique design features that are planned for the new building include large windows with a visual connection to the park, and internal and exterior designs that are similar to other buildings on the campus.
Finan said he envisions a walkway from the new building to MCI through the Children’s Park, which features 50 bronze sculptures depicting children and families. “This will create a walkable campus showing off a beautiful asset,” he said.
Watch the video below to see the installation of the exterior walls. View a gallery of recent pictures at the construction site here.
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