Hampden Medical Center
Award of Merit
OWNER: Penn State Health
LEAD DESIGN FIRM/ STRUCTURAL AND MEP ENGINEER: CannonDesign
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Barton Malow Alexander
CIVIL ENGINEER: Snyder, Secary & Associates LLC
SUBCONTRACTORS: Epsilon Industries Inc. (Prefabricated Central Utility Plant); Liberty Excavators Inc. (Sitework); Bazella Group (Concrete Foundations and Slabs); Stewart-Amos Steel Inc. (Structural Steel); PDM Constructors (Interior Metal Studs, Drywall, Ceilings); McClure Co. (Plumbing/HVAC); M.C. Dean Building Intelligence (Electrical); Novinger’s Inc. (Exterior Metal Framing and Metal Panels); National Glass & Metal Co. (Exterior Unitized Curtain Wall)
Located on a 44-acre greenfield site, the $210-million, 300,000-sq-ft hospital was delivered in 26 months. The project team says that early engagement of design-assist subcontractors identified and resolved complexities ranging from wetlands and a major retaining wall to prefabricated panelized stud walls and curtain wall. The highly collaborative team expedited decision-making and provided budget reliability, allowing the project to break ground six months after the first design meeting.
Prefabrication helped maintain quality and consistency throughout construction while keeping pace with the demanding schedule and enhancing safety. Rooftop electrical rooms and bathroom pods were built at offsite shops, as was the 22-module central utility plant. It was put in place in just two months—a fraction of the originally planned six-month installation schedule.
These practices and methods achieved the owner’s speed-to-market goals and provided a learning opportunity for subcontractors. The trailer was oriented to provide spaces for collaboration and instruction. Even before the arrival of COVID-19, which forced a two-day work stoppage to integrate new safety protocols, team-wide health on such an intense project was a top priority, the team says. An in-house “collaboration coach” conducted quarterly health assessments that included 60 people, from the trades to the owner. The project was completed on schedule.