Turner Construction hit a critical milestone on its $430 million healthcare build in New Haven, Connecticut, which had initially been delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New York City-based contractor said it topped out McGivney Tower, the first of two towers being built at the Neurosciences Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital, in a release shared with Construction Dive. Originally announced in April 2019, the project didn’t actually break ground until August 2022 due to the tumult of the global coronavirus lockdowns.
Since the pandemic, healthcare construction spending has remained robust, despite surging costs.
Now, Turner has reached the vertical apex on the 200,000-square-foot tower, which is an overbuild of the existing McGivney Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Center. Taken together, the neuroscience center project is the largest of its kind in Connecticut history, according to the hospital.
McGivney Tower will include a radiology and biomedical imaging suite, four patient floors and a mechanical and electrical room, Turner said. It will eventually adjoin Sherman Tower to add 204 inpatient beds at the facility, which specializes in neuro-regeneration and patients seeking care from movement disorders.
Both towers will share a common podium that will house the new entrance and the main lobby on the first floor, neurosurgery and radiology spaces on the second floor and caregiver spaces and the mechanical equipment room on the third floor. One unique design element includes an 8,000-square-foot healing garden on the fourth floor roof between the two towers.
Next on the project’s punch list is for Sherman Tower to top out in early 2025. The full, 507,000-square-foot project is slated to finish in late 2026.
This is the second major medical center milestone Turner has reached in recent weeks. In mid-November, it announced that it topped out Phase 1 of the $585 million Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, about an hour outside Atlanta. That phase will add 150,000 square feet of new support and clinical space to the hospital.