In early May 2016, Fulcrum was selected to renovate the façade of the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on Main Street in Nashua, NH. The project also includes refurbishing the outdoor patio area, upgrading building access, installing three independent canopies, and replacing the roof over the Intensive Care Unit. The project is scheduled to be completed in two phases.
The first phase will begin with the construction of the three canopies; one over the main entrance to the building, one canopy that covers the entryway into the parking garage, and another to cover a newly built pedestrian walkway. Part of this renovation also includes restructuring walkways to include handicap-accessible ramps that conform to ADA standards.
The second phase will begin with staging and demolition of the current-standing façade on the SNHHS building. The exterior sheathing will be removed and replaced, and a permanent moisture barrier will be added. Following this, a new metal panel system will be installed to the façade, along with new windows. To complete this phase, the roof of the ICU will be replaced.
In the final phase, there is an existing 5,200sf patio that will be refurbished. The current layout consists of a few picnic tables on a basic concrete surface. The renovated patio will have a new paver system installed, as well as a vegetative roof system. The addition of new benches, tables, and green space with plantings will be included.
There are a number of challenges that present themselves with a project of this nature in an occupied, active hospital. The Fulcrum team coordinates all activities daily with the hospital staff and management to minimize noise and disruption to daily hospital activities. An example of this kind of activity includes replacing the roof; this will have to take place while there are still active hospital staff and patients below. Coordination is critical to assure safety and minimal disruption. Another example would be the need to allow patients their privacy and access to natural light, while also having construction personnel repeatedly walking past their windows in order to renovate the building. The solution to this was placing a multiwall polycarbonate sheet on the insides of all of the windows; this allowed for natural light to be let in according to hospital health codes, while assuring patients their privacy.
This project is scheduled to be completed in mid-November 2016.
About Southern New Hampshire Health
Southern New Hampshire Health System is made up of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and its affiliated multi-specialty provider group, Foundation Medical Partners. The Health System is committed to improving, maintaining and preserving the health of people in the greater Nashua area. The Medical Center is celebrating a 125-year tradition of providing innovative health programs and preventive health resources to the community.
Our clinical affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital offers our patients access to collaborative programs in cancer care, pediatric specialties, trauma, vascular surgery and stroke management.