Hunzinger Construction Company recently completed two complex remodels at Froedtert Hospital Nuclear Medicine, Radiology and Emergency Departments located at 9200 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. Hunzinger served as the general contractor for these very intricate remodels of the existing nuclear medicine and radiology rooms to accommodate new and relocated high-tech advanced equipment. Hammel, Green and Abramson Architects (HGA) Milwaukee office served as the project designers.
The challenge of renovating these rooms was that the departments had to remain fully functioning throughout the typical workday to receive the steady stream of patients this busy healthcare facility sees daily. Much of our work took place at night or during off hours. In order to house the new CT scanner, conduit had to be relocated and added, walls and doors had to be removed and relocated, and the space was finished with new casework, flooring and wall coverings.
The project involved the complex and delicate rearranging of equipment so we phased the project to complete the Emergency Department Radiology Room first and when that was brought back into full service, we started the work on the Radiology Department. The key to Hunzinger’s success was that throughout the project our personnel provided very close coordination with both our electrical subcontractor, Staff Electric and Philips, the equipment manufacturer, to ensure the project would be completed on time and within the established budget.
We always take great care when working within occupied facilities but working in a fully functioning hospital calls for everyone to bring their best work practices to the project every minute they are on site. We start by following the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association’s Healthcare Construction Certificate Program Guidelines. Our staff stay up to date with the latest modifications to the program and are continually striving for perfection. We used temporary enclosures and negative air pressure to prevent any dust from entering the functioning hospital. We carefully scheduled and closely monitored deliveries and made sure all subcontractors complied with all hospital badging rules and requirements. We also implemented a site specific safety plan and the results were great, no injuries to workers or the general public during the projects.
We are proud to say that no patients were turned away or inconvenience throughout these projects that were completed on time to meet the “end date” planned by the hospital.