By Roxanne Squires
WINTER PARK, Fla. — Brasfield & Gorrie of Birmingham, Ala., announced a major construction milestone as the leaders of Winter Park and Florida Hospital celebrated the topping out of the Winter Park Hospital Nicholas Pavilion. Crews from Brasfield & Gorrie raised a tree over the structure, adorned with Winter Park’s community symbol — peacock feathers.
The $85 million, 160,000-square-foot project allowed the hospital to convert its existing rooms into 140 all-private patients rooms, which will be used for orthopedic care, surgical, and other services, as well as a new lobby all scheduled to open next year.
The new Nicholas Pavilion aims to help the hospital meet the community’s growing needs, considering nearly 30,000 people live in Winter Park, along with thousands more in the surrounding areas. According to the hospital’s website, Florida Hospital is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit healthcare providers with 22 campuses serving communities throughout Florida. Physicians and clinical teams perform nearly 9,500 surgeries each year, with the hospital also recording more than 75,000 outpatient visits and more than 16,000 inpatient admissions annually, according to a statement released to the media.
Winter Park Memorial Hospital Nicholas Pavilion
“Winter Park Memorial Hospital was founded more than 60 years ago with the goal of creating a world-class hospital to serve the community’s health needs close to home,” Jennifer Wandersleben, administrator of Winter Park Memorial Hospital said in a statement. “It is because of the generous support of Tony and Sonja Nicholson, Brasfield & Gorrie and RLF architects, and the dozens of men and women who have been working tirelessly to give Winter Park this stunning Pavilion, that we are one step closer to delivering the expanded health care services that this rapidly growing area needs.”
In total, crews spent more than 40,000 hours working on the Nicholson Pavilion, using 10,000-cubic-yards of concrete, 979-tons of reinforcing steel and 373,000-square-feet of formwork.
“With this milestone made possible by the hard work and dedication of our employees, subcontractors, and partners, we are one step closer to delivering this facility to meet the needs of the community. We are grateful for our longstanding relationship with Florida Hospital and look forward to the completion of this project in 2019,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Vice President and Division Manager Tim Johnson.