Firelands Regional Medical Facility Addition

Firelands Hospital required a new five-story addition to its existing facility. All construction would need to be performed without any interruption of the existing hospital and emergency operations. The new construction would require concrete caissons, foundations, 50,000 square feet of slab on grade, and 50,000 square feet of slab on metal across each of five floors – all without allowing any construction dust into the air intake louvers feeding the hospital.

Coordinating the Work

A flexible sequence of pours would be needed to complete the caissons, foundations, slab on grade and each of the five levels of slab on metal floors. Independence Excavating worked closely with hospital administration, general contractor and subcontractors to coordinate each phase of construction without disturbing the existing hospital activities.

Second shifts, night shifts and other unique scheduling requirements were coordinated with shifting hospital schedules by Independence Excavating. Independence Excavating worked closely with the concrete pumping contractor to set up pump lines to pump concrete to the multiple levels. A custom protection system was designed and hung from the roof for protection of intake louvers. The protection system was erected to allow easy access and mobility.

Independence Excavating added architectural columns at the new canopy entrance. This required matching the existing multiple brick mockups and close collaboration with Gilbane, the architectural firm, and project owner.

The Results

The hospital and emergency room continued to operate without any temporary closings. No days of work were lost thanks to the coordination and phasing of the construction. Independence Excavating completed all slab pours within the project schedule, under budget, and without any violations of the clean air requirements of the hospital. The columns of the entrance canopy matched the existing brick and mortar colors, as desired.


Sandusky, Ohio


Construction of a five-story hospital addition for Firelands Hospital in Sandusky, Ohio. Work consisted of caissons, foundations, 50,000 square feet of slab on grade and 5 floors, 50,000 square feet each of slab on metal deck.

Services Performed


Custom engineering allowed the Firelands RMF to remain fully operational during construction.


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