Joplin Replacement Facility Approaches Completion


The team of Walden Structures and Aspen Street Architects are nearing completion on a two-story, 150,000-square-foot component hospital forMercy Hospital Joplin(Mercy).The hospital’s original facility was destroyed in the deadly Joplin tornado on May 22, 2011. The two firms were commissioned to provide a completely code compliant building within a year.Mercy’s interim hospital was designed and built in 8.5 months. When completed in April, it will be the quickest and largest acute care hospital to be constructed in the U.S. and meet the strict requirements of the current International Building Code.The modular hospital is made up of 224 structural steel components, which were manufactured at Walden Structures’ factory in Southern California. The components were shipped to Joplin on massive semi-trailers from November through February. While individual units were built, design tweaks and approvals, as well as construction on site, happened simultaneously.This allowed the team to stay on pace for an on-time completion just prior to the one year anniversary of the Joplin Tornado. A permanent facility will be completed in 2015. 

For more on the facility, please see sister magazine Healthcare Building Ideas‘ “ASHE PDC: Disaster Readiness” from a session on the Joplin disaster held at the ASHE PDC Summit in Phoenix March 4-7, 2012.

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