This project involved the renovation of the 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th floors at the Robley Rex VAMC in Louisville, KY. Work included selective demolition of the existing ceiling tile, new acoustical ceilings, asbestos abatement and removal/replacement of 50 doors. Finishes were a large part of this project and included new paint, new VET tile and base, new corner guard, chair rail, miscellaneous wall protection and new cart stop. For each floor, work was divided into four (4) or six (6) phases, depending on the size of the floor.
Multiple phase plans were established to accommodate varying levels of patient occupancy in the medical center. This close coordination involved much flexibility on Valiant’s part as performing in an occupied, functioning medical center meant that at times Valiant forces had to perform with little prior notification. All work was conducted during night and weekend hours.
Prior to commencement of work, infection control was established on each floor. This included temporary barricades and negative air in each phase.
The 4th floor work required extensive planning due to the space functioning as the OR floor. The operating room work was conducted on weekends only. Work began on Friday evenings at 6pm with the space having to be turned back to the VA on Sunday evenings by 6pm for final cleaning. The operating room had to be returned in fully functional condition and ready for operations on Monday mornings by 5am. Tyvek suits were worn by all personnel working in sensitive phases near the actual operating room.
The 6th floor work was executed in highly trafficked corridors linking patient wards. This work was tightly coordinated with the COR to mitigate life safety concerns. Valiant worked closely with the COR to proactively anticipate when the medical center’s patient census would be lowest, thus requiring the least amount of relocation of patient wards.
7th and 8th floor work involved renovation of corridors consisting primarily of medical office space.