| LGMC Begins Construction on ED/OR
The constantly improving look of
Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) will continue its evolution as the next
phase of expansion and renovation begins in earnest. This new development will enhance the appearance of the hospital
as it enlarges and upgrades its emergency department and surgical platform, and
adds a new parking garage in the parking area between the hospital and the
Heymann Performing Arts and Convention Center.
This $52.5 million construction
project will erect a new ground-level facade facing the interchange of South College
Drive, Coolidge Boulevard and Bendel Road, a prominent perspective of the
hospital many commuters are familiar with. What passersby won’t see are the improvements to the
interior of the hospital.
The emergency department (ED) and
operating room (OR) expansion will increase ED bed capacity from 31 beds to 45,
and two new trauma rooms will be added.
A new elevator will add direct access from the emergency helipad landing
area on the West Tower roof directly to the new emergency department and
surgery areas below. This will
make LGMC the only facility with such direct access, helping to conserve
precious life-saving time in helicopter transplants and other emergencies.
"Air Med Services recognizes and appreciates the progressive
efforts of the administration and emergency room staff of Lafayette General
Medical Center for moving forward on the new construction of an ‘Express Trauma
Elevator,’” says Erroll C. Babineaux, Vice President of Air Med Services. "This new ‘Trauma Elevator’ is one
more step in improving the Emergency Medical Services response sequence. Every
second we can save helps the paramedics, nurses and doctors in the emergency
room deliver time critical care to give our patients the best chance of
The new surgery area will now have 13
state-of-the-art operating rooms, in addition to three existing OB-GYN surgical suites in LGMC's Pavilion for women & children.
LGMC’s ED sees over 60,000
patients annually and is one of the five-busiest ED’s in Louisiana. This expansion will allow the facility
to continue to provide excellent service as well as expand to meet the growing
needs of the community.
The new six-level parking garage
will contain approximately 343 spaces and will face South College Drive. A new eased turn lane will be added on
South College for traffic to access the garage.
During construction, visitors can access
the parking tower adjacent to the Burdin-Riehl Ambulatory Care Center located
across from the hospital on Coolidge Street, or use the hospital’s free valet
parking service at the main entrance.
Employees are being encouraged to carpool, or use a temporary lot that
will be located next to the Wellness Center on Pasa Street and ride a shuttle
to work from there.
Award-winning architects Washer
Hill Lipscomb Cabaniss (WHLC) have designed a modern and refined exterior that
will give the ED/OR frontage a metallic sheen and sleek curvature. The new addition will follow the contour
of South College Drive and provide a broad, convenient overhang for covered access
to the emergency department entryway.
Interior Designer Marie Olivier
Lukaszeski, who designed the renowned warm and plush interior of the Pavilion
for women and children at LGMC, was reacquired for this project as Designer and
Construction Project Manager. This
will be Lukaszeski’s third project at LGMC since 2009, all of which received
INDesign Awards from The Independent weekly magazine honoring facilities that
preserve or beautify the architecture of Lafayette.
For the 2009 construction of the
Pavilion, architects Beazley Moliere and Lukaszeski were honored by INDesign
with Gold awards in the "Architecture-Commercial” and "Interior
Design-Commercial” categories, respectively. The 2011 renovation garnered WHLC a Gold award in the
"Architecture-Commercial” category, while a Silver was awarded to the joint
venture of WHLC and Lukaszeski’s Interior Design Solutions for "Interior
LGMC recently completed a total facility renovation on
all 10 floors of the main tower facility in 2011. That project added restrooms with showers to each patient
room (where restrooms did not exist prior) and increased the size of each
patient room in an effort to modernize patient care infrastructure. It also dramatically changed the traditional
appearance of the hospital from a red brick, 1960s Mid Century-style exterior
to a brighter, more contemporary aesthetic of painted brick and glass curtain
wall system. The International Interior Design Association-Delta
Regional Chapter (Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana) donned the Patient Tower
Renovation as 2012 Design Excellence – Health Care.
The new ED/OR addition will give
the facility a fresh, modern identity that unifies the character of the entire
campus, and maintains the building as a progressive icon of the Oil Center
business district. This new
expansion will free up approximately 23,227 sq. ft. of space in the existing
hospital structure, which will eventually be put to use as needed in coming
LGMC’s facility has continuously
changed with the times. The
original building, built in 1911 on the corner of St. John and Versailles
streets downtown, was a red-brick colonial-style building intended to give a
home-like appearance. The
hospital’s move to its current location in 1963, on land donated by businessman
and philanthropist Maurice Heymann, allowed LGMC to build a facility capable of
growing and expanding for years to come.
The original seven-story tower was designed to allow additional floors
to be added later, and the hospital grew to 10 floors in 1975. Since then, major additions to the
sprawling facility include the 10-story West Tower completed in 1983; the four-story
Physician’s Office Building completed behind the hospital in 1986; and The
Pavilion for women and children addition in 2006,
which created a new entrance and main lobby for the hospital.
Since 1963, LGMC has invested more
than $230 million in building a regional health care campus that remains
centrally located and easily accessible for all of Acadiana. No other facility can match LGMC’s
investment in health care for the people of Acadiana, and no facility has the
capacity to care for as many people as Lafayette General.
LGMC going for Gold again
projects recently completed at LGMC were distinguished recipients of The
Independent’s INDesign Awards, intended to honor and celebrate the architects,
designers and projects that help preserve or beautify the architecture of Lafayette.
2009 construction of the Pavilion for women and children and renovation of the
main hospital lobby and entrance, architects Beazley Moliere and Marie Olivier
Lukaszeski were honored with Gold awards in the "Architecture-Commercial” and "Interior
Design-Commercial” categories, respectively. The
overall hospital renovation project, designed by architects Washer Hill
Lipscomb Cabannis (WHLC) and completed in 2011, received a Gold award in the "Architecture-Commercial”
category, while Interior Design Solutions garnered a Silver award for "Interior
that record of success, LGMC is proud to have WHLC serving once again as the
architect for the new ED/OR and parking tower addition, with Lukaszeski repeating as interior designer. The Lemoine Co., contractor on the previous two projects, was
also reacquired for this project.
ED/OR Expansion Facts:
- Increase ED bed capacity from 31 beds to 45.
- Two new trauma rooms will be added to the ED.
- New parking garage will have 343 spaces.
- The six-level garage will face South College Road and Coolidge Street. A new eased-turn lane will be added to South College for safe and easy access to the garage.
- A new elevator will add direct access from the emergency landing area on the roof directly to the Emergency Department and Surgery areas.
- State-of-the-art Operating Rooms facility-wide will total 16.
- The expansion will free up 24,000 square feet of space currently used for Surgery.
- Total Estimated Project Cost: $52.5 million.
- The project will add approximately 94,583 square feet to the existing total of 505,902 square feet of the main structure.
- The expansion will be capable of adding a 5- to 10-floor high rise in the future with the capacity of taking the hospital up to 545 beds.
- Guests attending events at the Heymann Center will have access to free, covered parking in the new garage.
- As many as 200 workers could be on site at peak construction.
- Projected completion, late summer 2014.