Construction begins on UMMC’s new $180m paediatrics building in Mississippi, US


US-based construction firm Brasfield & Gorrie has started construction on a new $180m paediatrics building at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, Mississippi, US.

The project’s ground breaking ceremony was held in December. The event was attended by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, as well as other community leaders, medical professionals, and members of the project team.

The seven-storey facility, covering an area of 340,000ft2, is being constructed next to Batson Children’s Hospital. It will feature a neonatal intensive care unit with private rooms, surgical suites, and an imaging centre designed for children.

Site work on the project began in January, and the project will be completed in late 2020.

The Children’s Heart Center, which forms part of UMMC’s paediatric cardiovascular programme, will also call the new building home.

Batson Children’s Hospital averages 9,000 admissions per year, with patients coming from all 82 counties in Mississippi.

Furthermore, the hospital provides care in more than 30 specialty areas, including newborn medicine, paediatric cardiology, neurology, and surgery.

It includes the state’s only paediatric intensive care unit and emergency department along with Mississippi’s only paediatric treatment programs for cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anaemia, and congenital heart defects.

According to CEO of Children’s of Mississippi, the umbrella organisation that includes Batson Children’s Hospital and all UMMC paediatric care, the new tower and its components will accommodate 30-40% more outpatient treatments, 40% more surgeries, and double the access to imaging services.

Brasfield & Gorrie’s office in Jackson, Mississippi will manage the construction of the project.

The construction firm has completed many projects in the state, including the new Westin Jackson and the recently completed District at Eastover mixed-use urban revitalisation development in the heart of downtown Jackson.

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Brasfield & Gorrie is engaged in providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services.

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