Gulf Coast Medical Center opened in March 2009 when Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center and Gulf Coast Hospital merged into a new, state-of-the-art hospital. GCMC wraps around the former Gulf Coast Hospital and consists of 436,000 square feet of new construction and 20,000 square feet of renovation to the former facility.
As a leader in the engineering and land planning industry providing multi-disciplinary services, Morris-Depew Associates has been retained for the expansion-related projects. All four of its core disciplines – Civil Engineer, Land Planning, Landscape Architecture and Survey & Mapping – have been involved in the execution of the multi-layered projects for Gulf Coast Medical Center. Below is a highlight of the Survey work completed for the Main Campus.
Lee Health is continuing to expand the facility to provide a broader range of services to Southwest Florida residences. Construction for the expansion project is currently underway and will include adding three-stories to the existing patient towers to accommodate an additional 268 beds. This expansion will increase the facility capacity to 624 much-needed beds. This increase would also mandate additions to the emergency room facilities, which would include a relocation of the Trauma Center to the Gulf Coast Medical Center campus.
During the initial phase of the project, the firm provided detailed surveys to support the structural engineering and architectural design for the expansion – from identifying key structural elements of the roof to critical elements of the interior hallways of the existing hospital. The survey department also provided construction staking of all the pivotal foundations during the beginning phase of constructing to ensure roadway alignment for vehicles to access the parking garage and all supporting infrastructure.
The survey department is also providing support during the vertical construction phase, including laying out column lines, providing information to sub-contractors and providing high-precision tower surveys.