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Front entrance project at Roger Williams hits milestone

The front entrance project at Roger Williams Medical Center hit a significant milestone the week of March 27 with the final steel cross beam erected. Roger Williams President Kimberly O’Connell and others signed the cross beam during an informal topping-off ceremony to mark the occasion. This project, featuring a covered entrance and a new elevator that connects a modern lobby with the diagnostic wing of the hospital, is expected to be completed in June. The renovations will dramatically improve the patient and visitor experience and provide for greater accessibility.

While this project nears completion, more are underway across  the CharterCARE system. Renovations of the main corridor at Fatima Hospital are almost completed, while construction of a new area for CT scan capabilities in the Emergency Room will start in May. Shortly after that project starts, renovation of the Central Registration entrance at Fatima is expected to begin. The design is completed for that project and permits are being finalized.

These projects and others were first announced at an October 19, 2015 press conference detailing $17.5 million in capital improvements to CharterCARE facilities. At the topping-off event, O’Connell was joined by colleagues involved in the project including Thomas Mann, Director of Facilities Development & Planning for CharterCARE, as well as members of Gilbane Construction and the design group of Blount Bennett Architects.

Some statistics on the project:

• Over 100 work days and 4,800 man hours without an injury or lost day. • Over $1 million invested to date.

• 15 tons of steel above ground; 5 tons of steel encased in concrete. • Over 150 cubic yards of earth has been moved.

• Over 100 cubic yards of concrete has been placed. • Over 10 tons of pre-cast concrete has been placed.