St. John Health System built a new 6-story, 200-bed hospital at its Providence Park campus in Novi, Michigan. The $224 million, 500,000-sf facility has all private rooms and is the first new hospital to be built in southeast Michigan in more than 20 years, providing residents with one of the most technologically advanced and patient friendly hospitals in the nation. It is one of a handful of hospitals in the country to offer patients acuity-adaptable rooms so that patients can remain in one room throughout their stay.

From the beginning, the design/build process at Providence Park was a collaborative endeavor with all the players, from architects to contractors, invited to the table in the project’s early phases. This approach expedited communication and fostered good relationships as well as avoiding costly redesign work. SME worked closely with St. John Health System, Barton Malow, Hubbell Roth & Clark, and the architect NBBJ throughout the design phase. We conducted geotechnical and pavement engineering evaluation for the hospital and new ring road. We also provided on-going consultation to the design team related to design and construction considerations that arose during the project.

During construction, SME worked with the Barton Malow Company by providing construction materials testing and monitoring of the new facility and ring road encircling the campus. Our services included providing field observation and materials testing related to evaluation of subgrade soils, construction of foundations, placement of engineered fill, and structural concrete, re-steel reviews, structural steel fabrication and erection, bituminous and Portland concrete pavement construction. SME provided quality control services for this development including foundations, concrete, soil backfill, structural steel, foundations subgrade inspection and pavement testing.

The Providence Park project posed several challenges due to the coordination of overlapping phases. Both mass excavation and concrete foundations occurred concurrently since part of the building included and basement, and part was slab-on-grade. Foundations and steel also overlapped; steel was being erected over the basement footprint and bringing the hospital tower upward while the foundation contractor was finishing foundations for the connector to an existing hospital building.

SME also provided multi-disciplined services for a 65,000-sf ambulatory surgery center, specializing in orthopedics; a 200,000-sf medical office building which houses the Neurosciences Center of Excellence and the Surgical Learning Lab and Education Center; and an extended-stay hotel.

“Placing Your Trust in Divine Providence”
CAM Magazine, Fall 2009