Turner Construction Company Marks 10 Years of Consistent Work in Memphis with Methodist Healthcare Project

December 18, 2015

The Memphis Office of Turner Construction Company announced today it was selected to build a $275 million campus expansion project at Methodist University Hospital that will include a new patient tower and 700-space parking garage.

“We are thrilled to be awarded such a prestigious project that we know will make a difference in the lives of the patients seeking treatment within the community,” said Patrick Johnston, who heads Turner's Memphis office. “This is the perfect project to mark the 10th anniversary of Turner’s consistent presence in Memphis. It’s extra special to me, as it also marks my 10 year anniversary with Turner in Memphis.”

The project presents new challenges that require innovative construction methods. The new patient tower will be constructed by means of an overbuild, meaning it will be built on top of the existing emergency department, which Turner completed in 2014, and Turner must ensure the work does not interfere with the daily operations of the facility.

As a leading and innovative builder, Turner will use lean construction methods to ensure the work is done in the most cost-effective and efficient manner. One such method is Building Information Modeling (BIM), in which a computer generated 3D model of the building is created and continually updated in order to find and fix any materials or routing conflict before they arise in the field.

“I believe we were awarded the contract because of our innovative approaches to construction and our strong track record in the healthcare industry in the Memphis and Mid-South market. Our healthcare work in the Memphis area started back in 1986, when we did a major expansion at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and completed the Burn Center at Regional One. We opened our Memphis office 10 years ago to work on the Memphis Mental Health Institute. Since that time, we have completed major projects for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, including the Olive Branch Hospital, University Hospital Emergency Department replacement and the Le Bonheur Office Building and Garage. Additionally, we have completed projects with Baptist Memorial Healthcare, including its Linear Accelerator and Infusion Lab projects in Mississippi,” Johnston said.

Construction on the Methodist University Hospital campus is slated to begin toward the beginning of 2016. Turner will work with HKS Architects Inc. and Self + Tucker Architects on the project.

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