MetroHealth’s new ‘hospital in a park’ design will transform Cleveland, Ohio
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.
Apprenticeships can bridge skills gap says Autodesk director
The UK construction industry needs 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet rising demand, according to the Construction Skills Network published by CITB.
Even before Covid-19, it was estimated it needs to attract 400,000 new recruits each year to meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.
But given one in three current construction employees are over 50 there is predicted to be a 20-25% decline in the available workforce over the next decade. And with end of the free movement of people from the EU, it has further limited access to skilled talent.
Mike Pettinella, Director, Autodesk Construction Solutions EMEA, believes the solution may be one that is hardly new, but might have taken a back seat during the pandemic.
"Apprenticeships could help us bridge the construction skills gap and meet this rapidly rising demand, and attract a new crop of younger talent to the industry," he said.
"Apprenticeships benefit everyone. For candidates, it’s an opportunity to learn valuable skills without incurring thousands of pounds of student debts. For employers, it’s a chance to train up employees in the competencies that are really needed – combining technical knowledge with collaboration and team work, which are equally important as you enter a new industry. And if you’re a larger company and already required to pay the apprenticeship levy, it makes sense to ensure you’re benefitting from the scheme too."
Marshall Construction recently took on nine new apprenticeships covering various roles. "Some of our previous apprentices have left and started their own businesses, which sets them up for life," said Chairman Robert Marshall. "Most of our current managers came from organic growth within the business whom we have trained to our own standards." Firms such as Barnwood Construction and Keepmoat Homes are also advertising and supporting apprenticeships.
According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand. Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to fare well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%).
Major projects such as HS2 are driving growth in some regions and infrastructure (5.2%) and private housing (6.7%) should see the healthiest pace of expansion by 2025.
The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the future shape of work will be profound. Modelling by the McKinsey Global Institute on the effects of technology adoption on the UK workforce shows that up to 10 million people, or around 30 percent of all UK workers, may need to transition between occupations or skill levels by 2030.