JACKSONVILLE, FL (November 17, 2015) – The joint-venture construction partnership of Batson-Cook / Danis has broken ground for the new patient bed pavilion at UF Health North. Upon completion in early 2017, the facility will connect to the existing outpatient medical complex which opened in February, making UF Health North a full-service hospital.
“Building a significant hospital project that will expand medical services to members of our community will be very rewarding to everyone on the construction team,” said Evender Spradlin, senior vice-president and general manager of Batson-Cook.
The upper floors of the five-story, 159,000-square-foot building will have 92 patient beds dedicated to labor and delivery, intensive care, and med-surg patients. The first floor will house support services such as dietary, environmental, and pharmaceutical. The public connector for the two buildings will be at ground level.
A 7,800-square-foot central energy plant will also be built to house cooling towers, chilled water, boilers, a generator, and a fire pump.
“The combined benefits of superior planning and insight, building experience, and consistent coordination with our clients and our design and construction partners will result in a comprehensive, successful, integrated project delivery,” said Tony Suttles, vice-president of preconstruction for Danis.
The pavilion, designed to achieve LEED© Silver certification, will include a garden roof. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and energy-efficient design techniques will be used, and construction debris will be recycled.
Batson-Cook’s project team includes Chris Shepherd, project executive; Matt Worsham, assistant project manager; Marty Elkins, senior superintendent; Derek “D” Laster, superintendent. Lee Pouncey with Danis is project manager.
The architect for the project is Gresham Smith & Partners of Jacksonville. Other members of the design team include TLC Engineering, RAM Engineering Solutions, McVeigh & Mangum Engineering, Prosser, and Mitchell Associates, all of Jacksonville. Some two dozen subcontractors will be involved in the project and more than 200 construction workers will be on the jobsite at the peak of construction.
Batson-Cook Construction, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, builds a wide range of commercial
projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing and private development clients throughout the Southeast. We have the heart of a family-owned general contractor with the reach of a global construction firm. We build with passion. We operate with integrity. For more information, visit www.batson-cook.com.
Founded in 1916, Danis Building Construction Company is a third-generation, privately-owned corporation and specializes in public and private building and industrial projects. Danis offers expertise in construction management, general construction, design/build and build-to-suit lease-back, as well as experience in the corporate, health/elderly care, education, retail, hospitality/entertainment and industrial markets. For more information, visit www.danis.com.