Will Cox, Director, DAVIS
We are proud to have helped create a state-of-the-art facility for one of the largest liver transplant centers in the nation.
To provide the best possible care, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) Transplant Institute needed to unite its entire staff under one roof. By bringing together surgeons, nurses, social workers and financial administrators, patients would be able to accomplish all of their appointments in one visit — without the hassle of traveling from building to building. The demand for this type of critical care is growing nationwide — and as a leader in organ transplants, the patients on the MGUH waitlist are able to receive treatment faster than at any other center in the region.
To make this vision a reality, our DAVIS team renovated an existing portion of the hospital, including a complex HVAC upgrade. Performing renovations in a working hospital requires extreme vigilance on our part. Unlike a typical occupied interior renovation, we were working around an active system that provides critical care for hundreds of patients in the building for consultation, surgery, and/or recovery.
Surgical Precision of Planning, Timing, and Logistics
How do you replace an entire HVAC system quietly? You can’t. So, we made sure to limit noisy work to daytime hours only, to avoid disturbing the patient's sleep. The new system includes additional fan coil units to supplement current capabilities and a new VAV system to provide patients and staff with variable airflow at a consistent temperature. We used backup utilities to replace all electrical wiring and devices without ever turning the power off completely, because the patients’ comfort — and lives — depended on a consistent power supply throughout the facility.
Two-thirds of our jobsite footprint was located above a busy driveway, so we had to re-navigate traffic patterns to perform under-floor rough-ins. To minimize inconvenience for the clinic’s staff and patients, we did our work in phases and only had to close one lane when absolutely necessary. MGUH is on the Georgetown campus in a busy part of the city, so at graduation time we paused for two weeks, but still delivered the project right on schedule.
A Flagship Facility for Care and Comfort
Today, the MGUH Transplant Institute has 16 new patient rooms, four of which are reserved for pediatric patients, along with a special waiting area. The space looks sharp and modern, with bright color schemes carried through the exam rooms, hallways, and offices. Glass walls are gleaming with a cheerful cherry-blossom motif. New floorcoverings, millwork, and attractive finishes give the clinic a comfortable — and comforting — atmosphere.
This project laid a solid foundation for a great relationship with Georgetown University Hospital and secured our reputation as a trusted healthcare contractor.
Photos by Spielman Studio