Next phase of UK hospital construction to begin

By Janet Patton

NIB_UK ChandlerUniversity of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is to begin its next phase of construction later this year.

Turner Construction Co. announced Monday the company has been awarded the contract for the $150 million project, which includes the build-out and finishing of 125,000 square feet on the ninth and 10th floors of the existing 12-story patient-care complex.

Both floors are part of the patient care wing, with two eight-story towers connected by a services area on each floor. Each of the tower floors has 64 beds.

This will include the fit-out of six additional elevators, a new 30,000-square-foot kitchen-cafeteria, a 7,000-square-foot radiology suite, and a hyperbaric wound center.

Also part of the contract is the renovation of the 30,000-square-foot existing neonatal intensive care unit in the Children’s Hospital portion.

Work on floors nine and 10 is scheduled to be done by the end of January 2016. The neonatal ICU work will begin in May 2015 and is targeted for completion in July 2017.

The new UK hospital opened in 2011 and is being completed in phases. In June, the UK board of trustees approved the construction as part of the $763 million hospital project.