St. Joseph Mercy Oakland South Patient Tower

Construction of the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland [SJMO] Campus Regeneration Project began in 2011 and was completed in 2014. The centerpiece of the program was the South Tower, an eight-story structure dedicated to patient care.

The complexity of working adjacent to a functioning hospital’s main entrance and emergency room entrance was a challenge. Through extremely detailed phasing and logistics plans, constant communication and a detailed eye for safety, this was done safely and without incident.

An additional challenge unique to the South Tower project was the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Woodward Avenue, connecting the hospital to auxiliary parking across six lanes of a busy divided highway. To minimize impact on campus operations and local traffic flow, erection of the bridge occurred over only two weekends. Ideal Contracting modularly assembled steel trusses at a nearby location prior to final installation. This allowed for fewer elevated welds, providing a safer, more productive installation of the bridge components.

The focus on delivering a quality project on time and budget never over shadowed the safety of the workers. The project had a successful partnership with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration [MIOSHA], the owner, contractors and unions.  It was truly a team effort that involved open communication throughout the project.