Women’s Health Pavilion
“What the team Ouellet brought to the table was truly exceptional. I am convinced the project would not have come in under budget, let alone on time, without them.”
Mike Grimmer, Division Leader, Facilities Management, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
Ouellet Construction won the contract to build the Women’s Health Pavilion at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center by a fortuitous twist of fate. A week before the final decision, the facilities manager, Mike Grimmer, happened to see an Ouellet newsletter. Liking what he read about the company’s negotiated-bid process, he asked for a last-minute quote. We made the deadline and got the job.
Early on it became clear that expanding the facility to encompass a small parcel that would otherwise become landlocked made sound economic sense. The team demonstrated to the board that adding the 6,000 square feet of shelf space could be done very cost-effectively—far more so than at a later date. (Final costs came in below budget—making it a very cost-effective addition indeed.)
The first floor of the three-story Pavilion houses offices, examination rooms, a library and a meeting room. The second floor is home to the Family Birthing Center, with LDRP rooms, a surgical suite, and nursery. The birthing rooms are finished in cherry and have a very cozy, homelike feel. Prior to construction, the team built a full-size LDRP mock-up so the nursing staff could “test drive” it and provide feedback.
The building’s lower level houses endoscopy suites, a food court, patient record room, and mechanical spaces.
One challenge to construction was the proximity of the boiler house—literally inches away from the site. Ouellet subsequently relocated and rebuilt that facility and has worked on numerous other projects on the St. Mary’s campus.