- Rob Vela, ProMedica Project Specialist
Updated April 2018
The ProMedica Generations of Care Tower is the largest, single construction project that ProMedica has ever embarked upon. The Generations of Care Tower, named after the generations of the community that the tower hopes to care for through the future, is a $355-million dollar project standing 275 feet tall and featuring 320 state-of-the-art patient rooms. The tower is designed with optimization of patient experience, and medical methods in mind. The 13-story tower is no simple undertaking consisting of over 600,000-square-feet. The completed project will feature 1.3 million square feet of drywall, or over 2.8 million pounds!
OCP Contractors was awarded the $10 million interior contract by Lathrop Turner, including a scope of studs, insulation, drywall, and acoustical. Of great advantage to OCP in the bidding process, was the team’s proven track record in work, specifically with ProMedica. Rob Vela, a Project Specialist with ProMedica stated, “OCP has been a proven partner to ProMedica Toledo Hospital for many years, and they continue to show their value as we work through the Generations of Care Tower project. With the volume finishes associated with the tower, it is imperative that we have contractors that value their work and coordinate their efforts as a team. ProMedica Toledo Hospital has grown to trust OCP Contractors with these attributes and look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come.” In total, over 100,009 man hours will be utilized to complete the project. Furthermore, to ensure an on-time completion corridor mechanical rack is constructed off-site in order to accelerate scheduling. The walls on the side of the rack are up to 7-feet tall with drywall pre-installed and fire taped. Due to the fact that the site is compressed, there is no on-site lay down area. In order to continue work at the desired speed despite on-site conditions; swing stages and 50-foot boom lifts are utilized on roof decks, booming into place with tower cranes. Despite difficulty, OCP has navigated through the project with proper planning, excellent workmanship, and innovative technologies.
When asked to comment on the current status of the project Paige Kutschbach of Lathrop Turner stated, “OCP has been a pleasure to work with on the ProMedica Generations of Care Project. It is evident that Chris Gunderman, Craig Paskiet, and Nate Valentine strive to provide their customers a quality product. I know I can rely on Chris and Craig to provide quick and accurate information when it is requested. They are very detailed and attentive which shows me that they take pride their work. OCP’s quality of work is displayed not only in the office but in the field as well. Nate does a great job at running the day-to-day field operations and adjusting to obstacles. Overall I have enjoyed working with OCP and look forward to completing this monumental project together.”
Construction of the Generations of Care Tower and completion of renovations to the existing hospital are currently slated for completion in May of 2020.
Work continues to progress on one of Toledo’s largest active construction projects, the ProMedica Generations of Care Tower. While the tower is now fully enclosed with a predominantly glass exterior and a temporary roof, work will begin in May to tie the newly built tower into the existing hospital across 10 stories. As new and old construction converge, some areas within the existing hospital will also undergo remodel.
Currently, OCP employs a team of 85 skilled tradespeople on-site dedicated to delivering a quality, safely completed project. The use of innovative construction methods such as prefabrication and BIM modeling, make the firm an ideal partner in the construction process. Prefabrication of materials off-site, such as drywall soffits to be placed in patient rooms, allows for OCP to maximize workforce potential and complete work within a compressed time frame.
In addition to beginning the tie-in phase of the project, grid is currently being installed in the kitchen and 2nd floor patient rooms of the hospital. Bathrooms are also being completed with floor to ceiling tile.
As work on the ProMedica Generations of Care Tower continues to progress, OCP looks forward to an on-time completion of the tower in June 2019.