PPI understands the complexities of working on existing healthcare campuses, as well as the often sensitive nature of Greenfield development. Subsurface investigation can be both messy and noisy, and PPI schedules and executes our work in a manner that it minimizes both real and perceived impacts to healthcare patients and the general public. Coordination regarding location of private utilities is imperative during project planning, as is clean up after subsurface drilling is completed.
PPI’s healthcare Clients include Mercy, Cox, Freeman Health, Citizens Memorial Health (CMH), Texas County Memorial Hospital, Ozarks Medical Center, Southeast Kansas Community Health Center, and Clear Path Assisted Living.
PPI was the Geotechnical Engineer of Record for Cox’s 10-story New Patient Tower Project at Cox South in Springfield, Missouri, and mobilized multiple drill rigs to minimize the duration of the subsurface investigation. PPI also provided a full-range of construction materials testing services. Construction-phase services included drilled pier inspection; observation and testing of soil and rock fill; structural steel inspection and testing; concrete sampling and testing; reinforcing steel observation; floor flatness testing; ground penetrating radar (GPR); fireproofing thickness, adhesion and cohesion; anchor bolt load testing; and MEP observation and documentation.
PPI assisted Cox with a Design-Build retaining wall for support of a new ambulance road at the Cox Branson campus, as part of the Emergency Room expansion project in 2014 and 2015.
PPI is the “campus-wide” Geotechnical Engineer of Record at Mercy’s main hospital campus in Springfield, and has blanket contracts with Mercy for Engineering Services and Construction Materials Testing. PPI completed a Site Specific Seismic Analysis Study for a vertical expansion to the hospital in 2011, and a Project-Specific Update to the Site Specific Seismic Study in 2015. PPI’s Seismic Studies utilized a combination of geophysical and traditional subsurface drilling investigation methodologies, followed by a computational approach to show that Seismic Design Category A was appropriate for use. Use of Seismic Design Category A allowed Mercy to save considerable budget on structural design requirements, including the elimination of seismic bracing.