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Wohlsen Completes Salem Medical Center

Posted in: News on December 2, 2020

Wohlsen recently completed a fast-paced, ten-week project for Metro Real Estate Development Corporation. The project consisted of a fit-out of an existing shell space that had been empty for several years in Mannington Township, NJ. Wohlsen converted the space into an 8,200 sq. ft. high-quality ambulatory care center.

The new surgery center includes three operating rooms, seven pre-operatory beds, six step-down beds, a pediatric bay, nurses’ station, endoscopy, and workrooms. The existing shell was only four walls and a roof. Therefore, Wohlsen was responsible for everything to make the surgery center operable, including a roof replacement that was added to the scope of work.

Wohlsen delivered an under-budget project, allowing the client to add additional scope, including resealing the parking lot, providing landscaping, and performing masonry repairs to the exterior of the building. All these added scope items were completed within the initial ten-week schedule, without an extension.

From the start of construction, the team worked two shifts, six days a week to meet the schedule. When considering COVID measures in conjunction with the manpower required for an accelerated schedule, the team had to be creative. The scheduling and phasing were driven by accommodating trades that took up the most space at night (i.e. flooring) while selecting trades for the dayshift that were required to stand in front of their work (i.e. medical gases). This allowed social distancing while allowing enough manpower needed to complete the project. This level of teamwork was required for the entire duration of the project.

The project team included Project Executive Phil Kowalchuk, Senior Project Manager Steve Crandall, Superintendents Mike Lano and Jeff Derby (retired), Project Engineer Megan Bowen, Carpenter Chris Preston, Senior Project Accountant Lisa Moyle, Electrical Preconstruction Manager Jim McConlogue, MEP Director Brian Reese, and Safety Manager Wess Donahue.


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