Hensel Phelps wins $140m hospital building contract in Hawaii

WCN Editorial Team 31 Jan 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Hensel Phelps Construction Company has been awarded a $140m contract to design and build a 144-bed forensic psychiatric facility for the Hawaii State Hospital in Hawaii, US.

The government allocated $160.5m for the new building of which $20.5m will be used for planning, construction administration, construction contingencies and related costs.

The new building, to be constructed on the five-acre site of the Goddard Building in Kaneohe that was demolished in 2017, will comprise 255 stalls for parking and 180,000ft2 of patient, treatment, and support space in a multi-storey building.

The new facility will have a 24-bed admissions unit, a 24-bed high-risk unit for patients needing specialised care, as well as four 24-bed units for routine care and a treatment mall that will offer services such as occupational, recreational, and rehabilitation therapy.

The treatment areas will have separate interaction areas for activities and a secured outdoor yard area for walking and exercise.

The facility will also include security features, including secure entry/exit system; central security station; secure outdoor yard area with no-climb fencing; clear lines of sight from the security and nurse observation areas; and separate gated vehicle area for patient drop-off and pick-up.

The Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) has awarded the contract on behalf of the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH).

Hensel Phelps is expected to start work in March 2018.

Work at the site is scheduled to begin in summer 2018 and the construction is likely to be completed within three years. The hospital expects to start using the new building in 2021.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said: “Our community has needed a new forensic mental health facility for years, and we are accelerating its design and construction.

“I’m pleased to be moving ahead with a project that will help some of our most vulnerable community members.”

Hawaii Department of Health director Virginia Pressler said: “The contract award is a major milestone to improve patient care and provide a safe work environment for our employees.

“This new building has been one of our priorities and, with support from the Department of Accounting and General Services, we have been able to move this forward at a relatively fast pace.”

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