Fitzpatrick Engineering Group has provided the structural engineering for surgery additions, emergency departments, bed towers, clinical services, cancer centers, intensive care units, women’s centers, hospices, oncology centers, campus energy centers, linear accelerators and MRI centers. Several of these facilities were designed for lateral and vertical future expansion.
As well as engineering new buildings, our work also includes renovation and equipment upgrade projects. We regularly work at several different hospital campuses. A significant portion of our hospital experience includes individual experience prior to working at Fitzpatrick Engineering Group.
NAME: CAROLINAS MEDICAL CENTER – Northeast Surgery Expansion LOCATION: CONCORD, NC ARCHITECT: FREEMAN WHITE ARCHITECTS
A two-story, 82,000 square foot, steel framed addition designed to accommodate an additional floor in the future. This building was modeled completely in the Building Information Modeling (BIM) environment, although the final plans were provided as traditional printed paper sheets.
We leveraged our analytical model from the steel design and embellished it with concrete and masonry components so that our 2D drawings became an accurate representation of our design intent. 3D PDFs were also used to help the contractor understand shoring and constructability issues against existing buildings. The construction of the additional floor is currently in progress.
NAME: SOUTHEASTERN BED TOWER LOCATION: LUMBERTON, NC ARCHITECT: PETERSON ASSOCIATES
A six-story, 117,000 square foot, steel framed building. The design had to allow for a two floor future expansion.
(Vertical expansion designed by Fitzpatrick Engineering Group; engineering for the original building was done by Douglas Fitzpatrick while at a prior firm.)
Stability was accomplished with special moment frames in each direction. The initial six stories of the building were designed prior to the adoption of the International Building Code in North Carolina. Because it was unclear how future additions would be grandfathered into the new Code, we researched the seismic detailing utilized in other codes as a model for this design. Accommodations were made for raising the elevator machine rooms during future expansion. In 2005, one additional 28,000 square foot floor was added and the elevator machine room was raised to its final location to minimize disruption when the final floor is constructed.