By HCO Staff
CAPE CORAL, Fla.—Skanska USA, a leading construction and development firm, has announced the delivery of Lee Health’s 12-bed intensive care unit (ICU) expansion at Cape Coral Hospital. Located at 636 Del Prado Blvd., the healthcare project consisted of an 11,190-SF vertical expansion to support Cape Coral’s growing population and reduce wait times for patient treatment. In addition to adding 12 ICU rooms and staff support areas with a tie-in to the existing second floor, the renovation also increased its dialysis units from four to six.
The expanded ICU now features a first-of-its-kind HVAC pandemic mode system, which can transform the unit into a negative pressure environment to contain and prevent the spread of infectious disease. The negative pressure unit was built to closely replicate Lee Health’s Gulf Coast Medical Center’s 52-bed ICU expansion in Fort Myers, FL.
“We are proud to partner with Lee Health to deliver this hospital expansion that caters to the ever-growing healthcare needs of Southwest Florida,” said Bob Kramer, Vice President and Account Manager for Skanska’s Florida building operations. ” We construct buildings that will change the lives of people who enter and we are pleased to deliver a facility that will play a key role in helping to further advance Florida’s healthcare system for the benefit of the communities we serve.”
With a construction budget of $9 million and designed by architecture firm Studio+, Cape Coral Hospital serves as the healthcare hub for one of Southwest Florida’s largest cities. It also boosts bed capacity from 291 to a total of 303, bringing more options for critical care to the growing area.
As a leader in healthcare construction, Skanska has completed several transformative hospital and medical projects throughout Florida, including the expansion and renovation of the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers; the state-of-the-art medical facility Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute in Downtown Orlando; and the renovation of the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health. Currently, Skanska is also leading the construction of a new 580,000-square-foot, seven-story acute care hospital in Lakeland, Fla.