Keystone Health Professional Center
Posted: October 7, 2020 | Projects
Mowery Construction is an industry-leading construction company based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Photo Courtesy of Steve Hulbert
Mowery recently completed the construction of the Keystone Health Chambers Hill Professional Center. This 68,000-square-foot building expands their current campus to house Keystone Urgent Care, Keystone Pediatric Developmental Center (formerly Keystone Pediatric Therapies and Keystone Audiology and Speech), Keystone Infectious Diseases, Keystone Community Health Services (HIV/STD services and family planning), Keystone Pediatric Dental, and the Keystone Administration offices.
With so many different practices located in one healthcare building, it was important to choose materials suitable for many different uses. A primary concern was finding quality, durable finishes and techniques that would withstand high traffic areas and frequent cleaning.
Mowery worked with Noelker and Hull Associates, Inc. throughout the design process to select materials and plan methods for ensuring a sanitary space. One of the ways this was achieved was the flooring installation method. Flooring was installed in one solid piece, rather than tiles or sections that might tolerate bacteria growth within flooring seams.
The construction process faced numerous challenges. For example, the discovery of an underground aquifer that was not noted on the geotechnical report quickly turned the basement into a swimming pool during excavation. The high groundwater table made it impossible to continue construction and a “work around” had to be designed.
Mowery worked closely with the site subcontractor and civil engineer to create a sump pump system to remove the water from the basement area and mitigate the water issue, allowing Keystone to keep the original basement design.
Though numerous issues emerged throughout the construction process of the center, each challenge produced an innovative solution that became a steppingstone to a beautifully finished building in the end. With every construction project, there are new experiences and new lessons learned.
Bill Sanders, Mowery project engineer, summed up the project by stating, “Do not expect things to automatically fall into place. Be proactive and set them in place yourself.” This philosophy enabled each construction solution to be collaborated proactively.
However, some issues just couldn’t be detected ahead of time, like the 2020 pandemic crisis. Though unforeseeable, the Keystone Health Chambers Hill Professional Center was thankfully finished and ready to handle the onset of COVID-19 in Central Pennsylvania.
When construction began in 2019, the intent of the new building was always to help the health of the community. They took initiative to create a building to provide these important means of care for residents in the Chambersburg area. Due to their desire to expand the center, many families and individuals are now receiving exceptional care during one of our nation’s most challenging times.
Building Envelope: Dryvit, PPG Paints, Nitterhouse Masonry, Dow
Interior: Georgia Pacific, National Gypsum, PPG Paints
Asphalt Roofing: Certainteed
EPDM Roofing: Firestone
Flooring: Mohawk, Cobalt Surfaces, Custom Building Products, Schluter, Ecore
Entrance & Storefronts, Curtain Wall & Windows: YKK America
Lighting: Cree, Elite
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
1000 Bent Creek Boulevard
Mechanicsburg, PA 17111
Roelker and Hull Associates, Inc.
30 West King Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Diviney & Associates Structural Engineers, LLC
310 Penn Street, #104
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
H. B. McClure
600 S 17th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
JPT Healthcare Consultants
215 Alleghany Street, #101
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Date Bid: Apr 2018
Construction Period: July 2018 to October 2019
Total Square Feet: 68,209
Site: 4.21 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 35 patient rooms, 30 treatment areas, 30 offices.
Building Sizes: Basement, 5,000; first floor, 31,594; second floor, 31,615; total, 68,209 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14′; second floor, 14′; penthouse, 13′; total, 39′.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Number of Buildings: One,
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall.
Roof: Membrane, Asphalt shingles.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.