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Last Thursday, construction of the new USA Physicians Group professional office building reached a significant landmark 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 for the building project. “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.”
Located across from USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, 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.
According to Tate, 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.”
In addition to many of the clinics in the Physicians Group practice, the space will contain a new breast and mammography center as well as clinical space for related oncology care provided by faculty and staff from the Mitchell Cancer Institute.
Unique design features that are planned for the new building include large windows with a visual connection to the Geri Moulton Children’s Park and internal and exterior designs that are similar to other buildings on the campus.
Construction on the 133,000-square-foot building is slated to be complete next summer.
View a gallery of recent pictures at the construction site here.
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