Piedmont Newnan Replacement Hospital
The Piedmont Newnan Replacement Hospital is a new hospital built on a “green-field” site. The project consists of approximately 330,000 GSF, including a nine-story bed tower, three-story surgery, one-story emergency department and a central energy plant. The surgery portion was designed for an additional two-story vertical expansion and the emergency department portion was structured for an additional four-story vertical expansion. Construction initially began in October 2008 but was suspended in December 2008 due to the economic downturn. Construction activities re-started in April 2010. During the suspension, the project was re-bid with the new building cost coming in at approximately 10% below the original project budget.
The typical structural system consists of composite steel framing with braced frames used for lateral load resistance. Because of the use of braced frames, intense coordination was necessary to ensure that both present and future space flexibility was maximized. Some notable project features include: a polished concrete slab-on-grade to elevated slab transition; a 19’-4” floor to floor height mechanical floor designed for a heavy live load due to MEP equipment loads; and entry canopies that cantilever out to provide column free drop off space. Other notable features include structural design provisions for future green roofs, and project has rooftop screen walls, including some walls that are cantilevering up approximately 20’ above the main tower roof. Project is currently tracking to achieve LEED certified status.
Walter P Moore facilitated clash detection services for the entire design team. After design milestones, the structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing models were combined using Navisworks. This design team coordination using clash detection resolved coordination issues that would traditionally be resolved in the field, ultimately resulting in increased construction productivity.