Hospitals ER project has ties to Joplin, MO


Hospital’s ER project has ties to Joplin, MO

Gridley, Calif. — By Lisa Van De Hey
The Gridley Herald
Posted May 09, 2012 @ 05:09 AM
When Joplin, Missouri was hit by a deadly EF5 tornado May 22, 2011, killing 160 people Mercy hospital was not available for casualties as it was a casualty itself with patients moved.
The connection between Joplin’s new 150,000 sq. ft, state-of-the-art facility and Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital’s future Emergency Department expansion is that modular construction is being used for both with the same architect group and possibly the same building team doing the work.
Joplin’s Mercy Hospital opened on April 15, 2012, just eight-and-a-half months after it was destroyed thanks to Aspen Street Architects, and Walden Structures both of California.
Mercy Hospital required a completely code compliant interim hospital within a year which meant modular design and construction was required, an innovative building solution both companies have long been advocates of using.
Founder of Walden Structures, Charlie Walden stated, “When employees and patients walk into their new facility (at Joplin), the myths and misconceptions about modular construction will finally be put to rest. People think mobile homes, but modular construction has come a long way.”
“We’ve worked for more than a decade to develop a better alternative to traditional, stick-built construction,” said David Hitchcock, Founder of Aspen Street Architects. Joplin’s steel constructed modular hospital is now 30 percent stronger than the previous facility and has glass ratings that can withstand winds up to 200 mph, which exceeds building code requirements. The 224 steel and concrete modules that make up Joplin’s hospital were engineered and manufactured off-site in a factory located in Southern California while simultaneous site work, like preparing the site and laying the foundation, was completed in Joplin.
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