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 the region continues to grow, the need for adequate and top-notch medical care conveniently located and accessible in Southwest Florida is paramount. In response to the need for increased medical services, plans for the Gulf Coast Medical Center campus include the addition of beds at the main campus, a new acute care skilled nursing unit and future plans for a new medical park campus.
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.
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.
Morris-Depew Associates is part of the design team leading the expansion efforts along with partners from HKS Architects, WSP+CCRD, TRC Worldwide, Skanska-Gates and Finfrock.
MDA provided site design permitting and landscaping design services, including identifying upgrades in water and sewer capacity for the expanding needs of the facility. Improvements to the site design also includes efficiently utilizing the available space on the campus and incorporating a strong emphasis on ease of access and pedestrian safety.
Completion of the first phase of the expansion concluded in September of 2017 and focused on providing additional surface parking. This allowed construction to commence on a new six-story parking garage with 1,290 spaces. Construction has completed on the parking garage, substantially freeing up other areas of the campus to stage construction efforts for later phases of the project, which are currently underway
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.
MDA is continuing to provide construction-related services during the remainder of the project.
Final completion of the expansion is scheduled for 2020.
SKILLED NURSING UNIT
Realizing the need to provide post-acute services for patients needing short-term medical recovery and rehabilitation after their hospital stays, Lee Health has begun construction for a new 57,000-square-foot, acute care skilled nursing unit on the Gulf Coast Medical Center campus.
Developed by Aquila Healthcare Development, Lee Health is leasing the three story, 75-bed medical facility, which has been designed to embody a homelike atmosphere, inclusive of an open concept living room, kitchen, nurse station and 25-private patient beds with convenience access to the occupational and physical rooms.
Morris-Depew Associates secured approval for the Planned Development Amendment that allowed for the expansion project on the Gulf Coast Medical Center campus. Additionally, the firm provided surveying services during permitting and construction phases.
► INTERMED PLANTATION
While construction of the skilled nursing unity facility occurs, the firm is also facilitating a Planned Development Amendment for the campus, which will allow for the incorporation of another five acres for medical use. Future plans include permitting 100,000 square feet for medical use and 15,000 square feet for retail/commercial use, along with a centrally located parking structure to support the mixed-use development.
Site work included stormwater management and utility design, Southwest Florida Water Management District permitting approval and permit approvals from Lee County for service connections. The skilled nursing facility is scheduled to open in January 2019 as phase 1 of the project.