Jersey City Medical Center, Wilzig Hospital Liberty Healthcare Complex
A relatively tight project budget, brownfield site conditions, post 9/11 market impact, record-breaking winter snowfall and other challenges put Gilbane to the test on the Jersey City Medical Center, Wilzig Hospital Liberty Healthcare Complex.
The seven-story modern healthcare facility, includes 360 beds, plus a 45,000 SF Ambulatory Care Center (separate building), designed by RBSD/Ballinger (joint-venture). The new hospital is a steel frame structure, clad with granite and metal panel façade. Nine elevators service all floors in this long, angular building. Project financing was arranged through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with a fast-track, 26-month construction completion.
Managing a six-day per week accelerated project presented challenges regarding the quality of construction and installed materials. Gilbane’s veteran team of key personnel successfully implemented a Quality-in-Construction (QIC) program to address daily all aspects of the process from document review and coordination with the A/E to final inspections and acceptance of the work. Gilbane assigned an “Inspections” Superintendent to focus on the inspection process, including scheduling and ensuring that all inspections were conducted plus securing all required approvals from the Owner, A/E and local officials.
More than 100 coordination drawings for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems installation were developed with the trade contractors. Due to the trust and respect between trade foremen and Gilbane’s field superintendents, various successful solutions were jointly developed and implemented in the field throughout the project.
The initial design for the hospital façade, proposed by the Architect was brick. However, Gilbane’s market analysis revealed that the masonry units selected by the Architect would result in a long-lead delivery time that would have negatively impacted the schedule. Also, JCMC expressed the desire to create a building that appeared more modern and light to convey the “new beginning” vision of the institution.