Keyan Zandy, Lean Construction, Project News

Building to Better Serve You

December 13, 2018

Skiles Group is honored to help Methodist Richardson Medical Center expand to better serve the community. You can read the full article below, and on page 43 of the current issue of Shine Healthy Living Magazine. 

In late 2017, Methodist Health System approved a multi-tiered expansion at Methodist Richardson Medical Center, and things are moving along steadily.

The seven-story parking garage opened this fall ahead of schedule. The structure features 671 parking spaces, allowing patients and hospital staff to easily access the hospital, Methodist Richardson Cancer Center, and the physician office building.

“We are very pleased with the progress of this project,” says Methodist Richardson President Ken Hutchenrider Jr., FACHE. “The garage went up fast because precast elements were trucked in and put into place with a crane. You could see daily progress.”

Groundbreaking on the $85 million expansion project took place at the site of the new garage on Jan. 25, 2018. Hours later, heavy equipment was already at work.

New levels of care

With the garage complete, construction crews are now focused on the main hospital’s vertical expansion. The hospital
is building floors 5 and 6, which will add 150 new private patient suites. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2019, but crews are working diligently to minimize inconvenience.

“There are lots of ways to tighten a construction schedule,” says Keyan Zandy, chief operating officer of Skiles Group, the project’s general contractor. “But the successes we found for this project came down to the collaborative environment and the adherence to the process. None of that would have happened without Methodist’s unique approach to doing work.”

Here for the community

This expansion is more than six years ahead of when it was expected. Explosive growth in the communities surrounding Methodist Richardson prompted the need for the expansion, which also included the hospital’s ninth operating room (OR). That OR opened in early 2018 and is home to the hospital’s second robotic da Vinci® Surgical System.

“The large-scale project was divided into stages and was strategically planned to avoid disruption to patients and services,” Hutchenrider says. “We look forward to our increased capacity to better serve our communities.”