Kennedy Township, PA

Ohio Valley General Hospital

Burt Hill


Ohio Valley General Hospital initiated a $30 million dollar master plan to expand their existing Hospital and upgrade their facilities to incorporate modern technology and equipment. The initial step in this plan was the addition of a 50,000 square foot Surgery and OB/GYN Center. To supplement the addition, renovations in the existing Energy Plant were included to replace chillers, add a new cooling tower and integrate new DDC controls for the maintenance staff.

The Architect was challenged to replace and expand the Surgery, OB and Central Sterile Departments with a new addition, but without disrupting existing traffic flow and emergency department access. The solution was to span across the existing drive and mobile MRI dock with the Surgery and OB Levels supported at the end by Central Sterile and an on-grade Mechanical Room. This scheme not only solved the traffic flow concern but also provided a solid, vibration-free base for mechanical equipment. Compared to the traditional solution of a Mechanical Penthouse, the on-grade Mechanical Room eliminated a potential source of vibration for sensitive surgical procedures, designed to be on the floors above.

It was the desire of the Administration and Board of Ohio Valley General Hospital to maintain a continuity of materials between the existing building and the new addition. A blend of dark glass and matching brick maintained the existing palette while creating a fresh, distinct personality.

The logistics of completing a project of this complexity within the campus while maintaining the daily operations of the Hospital was challenging.

The project was restricted to a limited area of the campus in order to maintain the daily operations of the Hospital and to maximize the limited parking for patients and staff. Therefore, the tradesmen parked off-site and the lay down area was limited. These restrictions required close coordination of all deliveries and equipment locations.

An additional obstacle which had to be closely coordinated with the Owner was construction over the existing Emergency Room Access Road and an MRI trailer. Plans were implemented to relocate the trailer on weekends and stage traffic control personnel to re-route the emergency vehicles through new patterns while work was being completed. While working in the Emergency Access Road, flagmen were positioned to control the traffic flow, lift locations and heights.

This project included an early release of the structural framing, as the lead time for steel in 2005 was anticipated to be critical. This early release required close coordination with the remaining design of the building which was ongoing at the time.

Two new 750 KVA generators were installed in a separate building and interconnected with the existing Hospital electrical gear to provide temporary emergency power for the campus. This was a critical item during the initial phase of construction to coordinate as the full design was not complete and we had to anticipate the underground ductbanks to be installed during the foundation work.