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Project: Holy Cross Hospital Vertical Expansion

Project Details

  • Client: Holy Cross Hospital
  • Project Size & Type: Two Story Vertical Addition
  • Address: 1500 Forest Glen Road
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Project Description

Size & Type of Project - Two Story Vertical Addition

This project consisted of the construction of two new floors atop an existing hospital building. The expansion was constructed to house a new cancer center and additional patient rooms. The approximate area of new construction equaled 40,916 gross framed square feet creating 5th and 6th floors on the four story structure. 66 private and semi-private patient rooms were added, as well as nursing stations and support function areas.

Original structural framing systems were designed to accommodate future vertical expansion. The major challenge was keeping the four existing levels functional while expansion was proceeding. This goal was achieved with minimal disruptions to normal hospital operations.

Construction began in April 2002. Structural construction was completed in November 2002 and the vertical addition was occupied in fall 2003. The construction cost was $10.25 Million.


2003 Excellence in Construction Award/Associated Builders & Contractors/$5-$20 Million New Medical Construction Category.

MCE Scope of Services

Meyer Consulting Engineers was retained by the Hospital to provide full-service construction materials testing & inspection services. These quality control responsibilities were performed in accordance with Montgomery County Maryland Complex Structures inspection procedures. Our staff inspected structural construction inclusive of floor flatness testing, cast-in-place concrete testing, reinforcing steel inspection, formwork inspection and cladding connection inspection.

Key MCE personnel included Michael A. Moran, III, P.E. (Principal Quality Control Engineer), Charles Fountain (Inspections Project Manager), Igor Bengert (Senior Structural Inspector) and Tim Swift (Materials Testing Laboratory Manager).

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