Jan 17, 2018

MetroHealth’s new ‘hospital in a park’ design will transform Cleveland, Ohio

Catherine Sturman
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Situated in Cleveland, Ohio, MetroHealth is set to transform how hospitals are designed. It’s ambition to transform the

Situated in Cleveland, Ohio, MetroHealth is set to transform how hospitals are designed. It’s ambition to transform the county’s healthcare campus has seen half of its main campus become open space in the new plans, which will also see the hospital become connected to a number of local services and amenities.

In a bid to become increasingly environmentally friendly and provide a multitude of advantages to patients and local citizens, the design will incorporate an eight-acre park along West 25th Street, with green space encompassing up to 25 acres, a significant increased from its present two acres.

Turner Construction, Donley’s Inc and other partners have already been bought on board. On their website. Senior Vice President Walter Jones has stated: “During the design of our new parking garage, construction manager Donley’s Inc. urged us to modify the size of our concrete bays. They had concrete forms already built, but those forms were a slightly different size than what was called for in our design.

If we adjusted our design slightly, we could use Donley’s forms and not have to build new ones on site. “That suggestion saved us nearly USD$2 million.

So, if you’re wondering why there are 70 new cubicles down in the Center for Campus Transformation, aka “the big room,” now you know: We want our architects, engineers and construction professionals working together as early as possible, collaborating, communicating and problem-solving.”

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Issuing US$946 million in revenue bonds, the development of the new 12-storey hospital and subsequent transformation of its main campus is complete in 2022.

The project aligns with a continued move towards patient centered (or consumer focused) healthcare, giving patients greater control and flexibility, whilst supporting local communities. On its blog, MetroHealth have also added that a wellness garden will be built to the south of the new patient tower.

Through the redevelopment, the Rammelkamp Research Center is set to be transformed in the redesign, whereas the Critical Care Pavilion is set to undergo significant expansion, and link to the new bed tower and central utilities unit. Additionally, the new Ambulatory Care Center will be situated where the current Prentiss Center presently resides.

To support the demand of patient-facing services, a new car park is also set to be built, with the outpatient pavilions set to be demolished to make way for increased green space.

The design has been received positively by the local community, where developers aim to gain certification for the space to become an Eco District, highlighting its credentials to become a bench marker for future hospital projects.

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Jun 17, 2021

Webuild and Lane to build railway in Texas

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Italian construction firm Webuild and its U.S. subsidiary Lane Construction sign a US$16bn contract to build a railway in Texas

Webuild, formerly known as Salini Impregilo, has announced a US$16bn agreement to build a high-speed railway between Dallas and Houston in Texas. The project has been described as the “final step” before financial closure for the company, which Webuild said was“foreseen in the coming months”. 

Passengers using the 236-mile long railway, which was developed by Texas LLC, will travel in Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains at 200mph, making one scheduled stop at Brazos Valley near Texas A&M University. This aims to shorten the total journey time between the two terminals from almost four hours to around 90 minutes, Texas LLC claims. The company hopes commercial operations will begin in 2026. 

According to Webuild, the new line will aim to target an estimated 100,000 “super commuters” who travel between the two cities by car and plane every week. Webuild said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 101,000 tonnes per year.

This contract is an update on a preliminary design-build agreement signed with Texas Central LLC in 2019, valued at $14bn. The deal confirms the US as Webuild's single biggest market, comprising some 35% of the group’s total order backlog.

Around 17,000 new direct jobs will be created as a result of the project, as well as 20,000 indirect ones. U.S. suppliers from states aim to provide an estimated US$7.3bn of materials to construct the railway in conjunction with services provided by Italian suppliers. 

Webuild and Lane will oversee the civil engineering works of the project. This includes the tracks themselves, the viaducts, and depot buildings. 

Three facts about bullet trains 

  • The fastest commercially operated bullet train is not in Japan, but China. It is capable of reaching speeds of up to 268mph… with passengers onboard. 
  • Bullet trains are one of the safest ways to travel. Over 10bn passengers have been on board a bullet train and no-one has ever been killed on one. 
  • The “tunnel boom effect” is powerful enough to blow a freight train over. When a bullet train exits a tunnel at over 200mph, the resulting sonic boom effect is so strong, it could blow a normal freight train off its tracks.


Image: Texas Central LLC.

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