TEMPLE (November 2, 2012)--Scott & White Hospital has released plans for the exterior reconstruction of the Center for Advanced Medicine facility.
Work could begin as early as February of next year as it was discovered there are “wide-ranging and systematic defects.”
The construction process is expected to take about 18 months but hospital officials say the work will be done without disturbing patient care.
The cost of the construction is projected at $20 million.
Among other repairs crews will replace the entire exterior of the building and will replace the copper façade with a new masonry exterior.
“It is anticipated that construction will occur in enclosed 30-foot sections in multiple locations around the building in order to maintain quality control and limit the impact on patients and building operations,” a spokesperson said.
Most of the discoveries were made when building forensic experts were brought in to examine known leaks. Those areas were completely disassembled and numerous defects were then discovered.
Tests have been completed and the building does meet building codes that require that hospital air systems maintain positive pressure to the outside, a spokesperson said.
“The problems are being corrected and we will continue to pursue our goal of being the most trusted and valued name in American health care,” Scott & White Healthcare President and CEO Robert W. Pryor, MD, MBA said.