Saint Francis Level 3 Electrophysiology Lab
Tulsa hospital upgrades heart health equipment
Advances in medical technology help keep more people healthy, and in some cases, alive. It’s serious business, and medical centers need to stay current when it comes to what they can offer patients.
Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma called on Crossland in 2021 to renovate its existing Level 3 Electrophysiology space. The $3.1 million project provided Saint Francis with state-of-the-art electrophysiology and nephrology procedure room spaces and upgraded the quality of the overall space.
These types of projects in working hospitals can be tricky because the show must go on, as they say. The hospital can’t just shut down and deny care to patients while construction work is happening. Success on a project like this takes stellar communication, cooperation, and patience.
We were fortunate to have a great working relationship with Saint Francis leadership, as well as with the architects at KKT and the engineers at Lee & Brown. This was one of the most challenging projects we’ve worked on at Saint Francis, but the teamwork throughout made it quite the success.
Exterior finishes for the project included replacing existing windows with a new, clear anodized curtain wall system. Interior work included new terrazzo flooring throughout, acoustical ceilings, stainless steel millwork and doors, lockers, new MEP upgrades, wood doors, and new fixtures.
Because of the nature of the work done in these spaces, the electrophysiology and nephrology procedure rooms required lead shielding in the walls to mitigate radiation exposure.
To say there were unique challenges on this project is an understatement and then some. The project had to be done in phases so the existing cath lab could remain open. The main “temporary corridor” that went directly through the middle of the project had to be completed in a week, and the Crossland team worked days and nights to get it done.
We were also given limited time during planned shutdowns to complete MEP work. Because some of that work required us to shut down MEP to existing cath labs, our team had to work weekends so the space would be ready to use by Monday morning.
Another unique challenge was monitoring the air pressure in the temporary corridors, which was critical to the safety of the patients that were transported through those areas during construction. Also, due to stringent infectious control requirements, Omniguard manometers were used in the temporary corridors.
Effective, proactive planning, as well as solid teamwork, allowed us to give Saint Francis a state-of-the-art lab space, which granted the hospital the opportunity to bring in more medical professionals to better service the Tulsa area.
Industry Sector: Healthcare
Size: 6,176 SF
Delivery Method: Negotiated, Construction Management
Self-Perform: Demo, Rough Carpentry
Owner: Saint Francis Health System
Architect: KKT Architects
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