Big Renovation and Expansion for Miami Hospital’s Emergency Department

By HCO Staff

MIAMI—Skanska USA has signed an initial contract for $90 million (and the total project cost is expected to be $300 million upon completion) for the renovation and expansion of one of the emergency departments at Jackson Health System –one of the country’s leading and largest public health systems, located in Miami, Fla. The healthcare renovation and expansion will encompass the demolition of two buildings to create additional space as part of the planned expansion, which will triple the size of the healthcare system’s flagship emergency department at Jackson Memorial Hospital

Situated in the heart of the Miami Health District, the nonprofit academic medical hospital, Jackson Memorial receives an average of 120,000 emergency department patient visits annually. Designed by the award-winning global architecture firm HKS, the approximately 130,000-square-foot expansion in the busiest emergency department within Miami-Dade County will include 207 new rooms, inclusive of 50 observation rooms and seven patient rooms.

“As a leader in healthcare construction in Florida, Skanska has built a strong partnership with Jackson delivering several healthcare construction projects in the past. This project will be critical to serving the growing healthcare needs of the Miami community,” said Bob Kramer, Vice President and Account Manager for Skanska’s Florida building operations. “We hope the emergency department renovation and expansion will have a lasting impact in helping to provide medical services to residents and visitors who rely on Jackson Health for life-saving procedures and world-class health care.”

The construction work will also encompass the relocation and installation of underground utilities to support the larger medical building. The Jackson project will enable the expanding health system to triage patients faster and reduce wait times to better serve its growing patient population in South Florida. The new emergency department expansion is expected to be delivered in 2025, while the renovation to the existing emergency department totaling about 45,000 square feet will be completed in 2027.

With a trajectory building transformative and innovative healthcare projects across Florida, Skanska also delivered the Jackson Project D – Floor Modernizations project at Jackson in 2019. Additionally, the construction company previously completed the state-of-the-art medical facility Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute in Downtown Orlando; the expansion and renovation of the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers; and the renovation of the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health.