On Tuesday, April 14 Bayhealth announced that they have selected Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Newark, Delaware for construction management of the $250 million health campus project in Milford. bay health officials acknowledge that the addition of Whiting-Turner is a major milestone as it completes the team that will plan, design, and build the new health campus along Route 1 in northern Sussex County.
As the construction managers, Whiting-Turner will oversee construction and collaborate with the project team on this 165-acre project, which is scheduled to open in 2018. They will ensure the work complies with contract provisions, state and local regulations, and project specifications. The announcement on Whiting-Turner follows Bayhealth’s announcement in February of this year to partner with CannonDesign as the lead architectural and engineering of the health campus.
Bayhealth and Whiting-Turner have a longstanding, working relationship. Most recently, Whiting-Turner managed the construction of the new third floor Progressive Care Unit at Bayhealth Kent General. Whiting-Turner also provided construction oversight of Kent General’s integrated cancer center, pavilion, parking garage and emergency department, which opened in 2011.
Bayhealth President and Chief Executive Officer Terry Murphy is pleased with the progress that has been made since the health campus project was announced in late November 2014. “What impressed us most about Whiting-Turner was their proven experience, standards of excellence, and commitment to construction management that eliminates waste and improves efficiency,” stated Murphy. “As good community stewards, we want to use our limited resources in a way that delivers a better experience for our patients, families, Medical Staff, and employees.”
Whiting-Turner will oversee dozens of subcontractor firms and more than 1,300 construction workers over the two-year construction schedule. For this project, they will utilize many of Delaware’s construction resources. Whiting-Turner’s entire project team is “delighted and extremely excited to have been selected by Bayhealth for this innovative project.”
“We are honored to be partnered with Whiting-Turner for the integrated delivery of this transformational project for Bayhealth. CannonDesign has enjoyed a long and successful history of delivering high performing facilities with Whiting-Turner, having collaborated on the design and construction of over one million square feet delivered in the last 10 years,” explains Deb Sheehan, Principal, CannonDesign. “Their innovation and leadership in the construction industry will be an asset in support of our team’s mission of creating a unique health campus with facilities that advance the effective delivery of high quality care to the community.”
Bayhealth officials state that the new health campus project is more than a hospital, “it’s an innovative vision for community health.” The health campus will include a state-of-the-art inpatient hospital and emergency department. It will also include an array of outpatient services such as primary care and specialist physicians as well as diagnostic services.
Bayhealth’s President and CEO, Murphy is “impressed by the ongoing community interest and engagement in the new health campus and Clarke Avenue facility.” Feedback and traffic at the project website ImagineDE.com continues to increase as the project moves forward. Bayhealth encourages the community to stay current by visiting the website frequently for updates, subscribing for news alerts about the health campus and sharing their own ideas with the project planning team.
“People are excited and they are making their voices heard. We’re eager to bring everyone into this process and we’re looking forward to sharing information as we reach new milestones,” said Murphy. “We have been very pleased to see such active interest from our patients, doctors, employees and friends throughout the community.”