Munster Community Hospital:
Emergency Department and West Pavilion Entry
Munster Community Hospital began
an expansion in 2008. Berglund, the general contractor, brought Thatcher
Foundations in on the first phase of construction to install 100 wall feet
of steel sheeting, 8 augercast piles, and 5 drilled and set soldier piles
Because Community Hospital
remained open during the construction, Thatcher strove to maintain a
minimally intrusive presence on the site. Construction equipment was
positioned to allow emergency vehicles full access to the building, as well
as to allow patients and staff safe entrance to the building.
Working among existing hospital
buildings, Thatcher had tight site conditions, and limited access. Careful
monitoring ensured that underground natural gas lines and overhead
electrical wires remained undisturbed by our construction work.
Thatcher participated in the
daily and weekly safety and coordination meetings held by the general
contractor, and was able to complete over 850 manhours, incident-free.
Scrubbers were installed on our
construction equipment, to reduce exhaust emissions. Careful placement of
equipment minimized sound pollution to hospital staff, patients, and area