Bringing A Wealth Of Knowledge To A Time-Sensitive Situation
Trinity Hospital Twin City
Project Fast Facts:
- 25 bed hospital located in rural Ohio
- 100+ year-old facility in need of a cost-effective renovation
- Sponsored by Sylvania Franciscan Health, a part of Catholic Health Initiatives, the second largest Catholic health care system in the U.S.
Located halfway between Columbus and Pittsburgh, the village of Dennison boasts a population of less than 3,000, making Trinity Hospital Twin City an integral healthcare provider in the community. When Trinity learned that they were in danger of losing their Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) coverage due to life safety concerns in the older portion of their facility, they called on Welty to help them improve their facility.
“Trinity is not a large hospital, but they’re an important one to this community,” says John Hartman, Group President, Welty Building Company. “They serve a high percentage of Medicare and Medicaid patients, so maintaining their CMS accreditation was critical for the facility to continue to operate. They needed to get up to code quickly and cost effectively.”
Working with a tight budget and even tighter timeline, Welty brought in an architect experienced with life safety issues to plan for interior renovation needs, then delivered on those plans in just four months.
Once additional funding was in place, Welty kicked off Phase Two of the renovation in September of 2014. Between both phases of the project, Welty has installed a sprinkler system, fire protection between floors, new flooring, updated electrical work, and completely renovated the entire original wing of the hospital, including clinic facilities and exam rooms.
Overcoming The Unknown
In addition to facing a tight timeline and budget, Welty also encountered challenges associated with working inside a 100+ year-old building. “The architectural plans can only tell you so much. Once you break down a wall, you encounter unexpected issues that aren’t necessarily in the budget,” explains John. Welty overcame these challenges by preplanning accordingly and having the superintendent onsite every day. The result is added value for the client.
Staying Fully Operational
Because Trinity is the sole hospital in Southern Tuscarawas County, it was also important for them to remain open during any renovation. Welty crews assured this was possible, scheduling the most disruptive work at times when hospital staffing was at a minimum, including many overnights.
“Welty’s relationships with experts in this field and our ability to respond quickly were key for Trinity,” notes John.
Transforming Akron’s East End
When Goodyear vacated its former facility, many wondered what would happen with the iconic landmark. The solution is The East End – a mixed-use redevelopment plan that creates a “Live, Work & Play” environment. Welty provided Construction Management on the project for the Residences at The East End – transforming approximately 300,000 square feet into one, two, three and four bedroom apartments. The building also houses a parking garage, fitness center, future retail spaces, a new entry and potentially a restaurant in the original Goodyear Bank, located at the west end of the building. The renovation includes all new windows which are historically accurate (dating back to 1918), and all new roofing. Under Welty’s guidance, the existing auditorium and gymnasium will not require renovation but will still be a part of the building. Welty also provided Construction Management for the Hilton Garden Inn near The East End facility, which opened in December. IRG Realty Advisors is serving as the developer for both projects.
IRG chose to work with Welty on the project, in part, due to their partnership during the construction of Goodyear’s new global headquarters. Notes Carol Smith, Vice President for Facility Management for IRG: “Welty builds to last not only in the structures they create but also the partnerships they foster. They make sure you’re satisfied on every project, so that you always think Welty first.”
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