Client:University of Florida Health
Location :Gainesville, Florida
Budget :$1,000,000
Architect :Donnelly Architecture, Inc.
Completion :February 2012

University of Florida Health Unit 9-5 Renovation

The Shands HealthCare Unit 9-5 Renovation project was a four phase project taking place on the occupied floor housing Mothers, Babies and Obstetrics units. The project scope included renovation of 6 patient rooms at a time along with the adjacent corridors. A patient lounge, employee lounge, communications closet and VIP patient room were also renovated. The wall, ceiling and floor finishes were all removed and replaced. In addition, the existing fluorescent lighting was replaced by smart LED lighting. Fluorescent wall sconces allowed for lower, more intimate lighting and is included in every patient room and the corridors. Patient headwalls were also replaced with special acrylic materials. The patient bathrooms were completely demolished and rebuilt using solid surface materials on the walls, showers and vanities. The corridor wall protection and handrail systems were also replaced along with the corridor finishes.

Working in an occupied patient area requires diligence in dust, noise and vibration control. This Mother and Baby Unit observed a quiet time each day from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to provide the mothers with an opportunity to rest. During this time the corridor lighting was lowered and silence was encouraged throughout the corridors. This required that all noisy work be suspended during this period each day.