TAMPA, Fla. (June 23, 2015) –TLC Engineering for Architecture has won a major contract for Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s new Rehabilitation Pavilion. Gresham, Smith and Partners, the architect of record for the project, selected TLC to provide mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), fire protection and demolition engineering, and Stantec to provide civil engineering for the project. Senior engineer Vincent Rea will lead the Tampa-based TLC team.
The Rehabilitation Pavilion will be a 74,000-square-foot facility that will replace the hospital’s existing 34- bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and provide additional space for a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Other elements of the TLC’s project work include renovating the site lighting for the building’s service road, and running utility lines from the energy plant on the opposite side of the campus.
The Rehabilitation Pavilion will replace the Sarasota Memorial’s 25,000-square-foot Retter wing and TLC will work with civil engineers from Stantec on the demolition of the existing building.
“The older building connects to the South wing of the hospital, so the demolition will be carefully planned to safeguard the South wing against damage or disruption to hospital operations,” said Rea.
Also, the new building will need to re-connect with the South wing, which presents an interesting challenge for the engineers. The South wing was originally constructed in the early 1950s with relatively low ceilings, an outdated design that will not be duplicated in the Rehabilitation Pavilion. Levels one and four of the new building will connect to the second and fifth floors of the South wing, so Rea and his team will need to meticulously design the MEP systems to match the existing systems on those floors.
The project is currently in the design phase, and construction is scheduled to start in November 2015, with opening of the new Rehabilitation Pavilion planned for December 2016.
TLC has previously worked with Sarasota Memorial Hospital to renovate its oncology outpatient rooms.
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