Photo courtesy of Okland Construction Co. Inc.
The project included an additional four operating rooms, 25 exam rooms, 50 new patient rooms and a critical care unit.

2012 Best Project

Health Care Category

Huntsman Cancer Hospital Phase IIB Expansion

Salt Lake City

The Huntsman Cancer Institute is a world-renowned cancer hospital and research center. An expansion added 156,000 sq ft to the hospital, including four operating rooms, 25 exam rooms, 50 new patient rooms, a critical care unit, an additional PET/CT imagery machine and a breast MRI unit.

Construction of the input-output MRI suite was completed within an existing sterile environment that required complex construction barriers and hourly infection-control monitoring.

Shortly after excavation started, it became apparent that geotechnical conditions at the jobsite were not as reported. Rather than encountering bedrock 10 ft below existing grade, as expected, loose soil was found to a depth of 40 ft.

The contractor, Okland Construction Co. Inc., worked with the geotechnical engineer, civil engineer, structural engineer and architect through a formal partnering process to make adjustments. In spite of postponing erection of the tower crane by two months, excavation continued at other areas of the site and concrete shear walls were formed and placed wherever possible.

Okland estimates that the unforeseen soil conditions resulted in a five-month scheduling delay, but the lost time was recovered during the subsequent 18 months and the project was completed following the original time line.

Key Players

Owner: Hunstman Cancer Hospital, Salt Lake City

Architect: Architectural Nexus, Salt Lake City

General Contractor: Okland Construction Co. Inc., Salt Lake City

Civil Engineer & MEP: Van Boerum & Frank Associates Inc., Salt Lake City

Structural Engineer: Reaveley Engineers & Associates, Salt Lake City

Entry submitted by Okland Construction Co. Inc.