Construction Underway for Mercy's New ED

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March 11, 2009

Construction is well underway for Mercy Hospital’s new state-of-the-art Emergency Department. In recent weeks, construction crews have been working on the foundation for the new emergency room (ER) facility. The $32 million construction project will result in a 46,000 square-foot addition to the front of the hospital.

This phase of the project, which is nearly 50% complete, includes excavating the construction site, leveling the ground with fill, placing steel reinforcements, constructing forms for the foundation walls and pouring concrete for the footings and foundation walls.

By mid-March, crews will complete the demolition of the former ambulance garage in the front of the hospital. In addition, Mercy Hospital officials and Pike Construction managers are reviewing electrical plans with National Grid, as well as reviewing and addressing other utility needs for the new addition.

With receipt of the New York State Department of Health construction permit in February, bids have gone out for the general contractor, fire protection system, plumbing, HVAC system and electrical work. It is estimated that bids will be awarded to the contractors by mid-April. The erection of the steel for the new addition is also targeted to begin in April.

Expected to be completed in the spring of 2010, the new emergency room facility will feature thirty-four private treatment rooms, including three airborne isolation rooms, and two cardiac/trauma resuscitation rooms. In addition, there will be expanded space for physician staff, nursing, and support services.

The exterior design incorporates green space and gardens to complement the Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park located across the street from the hospital. A row of windows in the addition will allow for natural light in the treatment rooms. Other features of the new Mercy facility include a main lobby with a spacious waiting area, vestibule, medical offices and support space.

During construction, all hospital and emergency services are operating as usual. For all the latest photos and information about the Mercy Hospital ER construction project, visit the Mercy Emergency Department Construction Update page.