Froedtert’s vision for this new $80 million cancer center was to not just add more treatment space to their existing East Clinic but to build a “new philosophy of care” where a support “hub” is created around each patient with just one contact person-a registered nurse-who can answer questions and connect patients with the necessary care. Support staff, treatment areas, and resource centers are nearby with flexibility built into the design, allowing for maximum patient choice and minimum patient stress. Even while working through Wisconsin winters on the open decks of this multi-level facility, Tweet/Garot Mechanical’s professional union employees completed this project on time, on budget, & on quality, while contributing to our safety milestone of over 5 million safe hours without a lost-time incident.
One of the biggest challenges on this project was the lack of lay-down area and site access. Tweet/Garot utilized their finely tuned prefabrication and just-in-time delivery systems to construct HVAC and plumbing assemblies off-site and have them delivered only as needed for installation, thereby reducing on-site space requirements to a minimum. Another significant challenge was to tie all floor elevations and mechanicals into the existing fully-operational structure.
The construction consisted of a six-level, 265,000 square foot building addition to house 12 disease-specific, multi-disciplinary cancer programs, laboratories, three linear accelerator vaults, imaging, and research facilities, dietary, psychosocial and pastoral care, palliative care, a Cancer Genetics Screening Program, education/wellness center, gift shop, and pharmacy, as well as drop-off entrance, valet service and an underground parking structure below the building addition. Tweet/Garot provided both the HVAC and Plumbing for this new facility.