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News Release: Medical West Hospital breaks ground on new facility

November 17, 2021

Medical West Hospital Authority, an affiliate of UAB Health System, broke ground on its replacement facility on Wednesday, November 17. The new building, located at 4501 Bell Hill Road, is scheduled to open in 2024 and will include a 412,000 square foot, 9-story hospital with 200 beds and a 127,000 square foot, 5-story medical office building. The facility — a full-service hospital — will feature a new surgical and endoscopy suite, state-of-the-art imaging technology and more intensive care beds.

In 2017, Cushman & Wakefield/EGS Commercial Real Estate of Birmingham was engaged for site selection for the 46-acre development site off of I-459 in McCalla. Funded by the USDA, the total investment in the project is $400 million. Assisting in the financial efforts is Concourse, Raymond James, Thornton Farrish, PNC Bank, GNC, and Maynard, Cooper & Gale. The official groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Leading the project for the Medical West replacement facility will be CBRE as the project manager. The design and build team includes Brasfield & Gorrie as the general contractor, HKS and KPS as the architects of the development, and CCI, Bhate Geosciences and Building & Earth as the site engineers.

Medical West has been planning the replacement facility for several years.

“Our current facility was built in 1964 and although multiple renovations have been made throughout the years, we knew that a new facility would have to be part of our future growth plans,” said Medical West CEO Keith Pennington. “We could not be more excited to work with this exceptional team of firms that will help us welcome this new state-of-the-art hospital to the residents of West Jefferson County.”

Cushman & Wakefield / EGS Commercial Real Estate of Birmingham has proudly served Alabama with best-in-class real estate services for more than 30 years. Known for assisting their clients in every stage of the real estate process, representing them in leasing, brokerage, sales, development and property management, among many other advisory services, their real estate professionals offer an uncommon level of service by continually seeing past the immediate transaction and instead advising the best strategy for every client.

CBRE Healthcare is a dedicated business group within CBRE that provides real estate solutions exclusively to hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the country. Over the past 27 years, CBRE has partnered with more than 250 hospitals and healthcare organizations across the United States as well as across the continuum of care acuity and complexity. With more than 3,450 healthcare professionals, the group currently manages 190 million square feet across more than 7,000 healthcare facilities, including inpatient, outpatient, acute care, long-term care, ambulatory care, research and academic centers and medical office buildings. Our success delivering integrated solutions to healthcare organizations is achieved primarily through continual innovation and improvement as our client’s needs evolve. Our healthcare platform is built to deliver exceptional outcomes and advantages to all our clients.

Founded in 1964, Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets. They are skilled in construction best practices, including virtual design and construction, integrated project delivery, and Lean construction, but best known for their preconstruction, self-perform expertise and exceptional client service. Brasfield & Gorrie has 12 offices and more than 3,200 employees. Their 2020 revenues were $3.9 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 22nd among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2021. Brasfield & Gorrie is ENR Southeast’s 2021 Contractor of the Year.

HKS is an interdisciplinary global design firm that has expanded their team beyond architects and interior designers to include researchers, urban designers, nurses, anthropologists, graphic designers and more. Research is key to their design practice as it offers a platform for them to experiment, improve and deliver the extraordinary.

Established in 1965, KPS Group provides architecture, interior design, planning, and related consulting services across the southeast region from their Birmingham, AL headquarters and office in Huntsville. Their reputation for designs that satisfy functional and technical expectations while enriching the lives of the people that use them is founded on experience, integrity, seamless collaboration with their clients and consultants, and aggressive stewardship of resources. KPS Group has been recognized by their peers with more than 100 design awards and are most proud of the numerous accolades and awards they have received from user, client and community organizations that recognize KPS projects for significantly exceeding expectations.

Established in 2000, CCI Planning & Engineering is a Birmingham, AL based Civil Engineering and Planning firm specializing in site development both locally and nationwide. Their experience is very diverse, ranging from projects within the commercial, retail, residential and institutional sectors to projects involving Government and industrial facilities. CCI is committed to providing innovative, exceptional and cost-effective designs to meet the needs of their clients. They take pride in their ability to provide reliable solutions to complex challenges as well as providing attention to even the smallest of details.

Headquartered in Birmingham since 1975, BHATE Geosciences offers a broad range of geotechnical engineering services to meet requirements of simple to complex design and construction for projects in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and across the South. Their professional engineers and licensed geologists are known for providing cost-effective, practical and insightful engineering solutions and take a team approach to problem solving. Bhate Geosciences views geotechnical engineering as much of an art as they do a science.

Since 1998, Building & Earth has been providing professional engineering services to the design and construction industry. They specialize in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, special inspections and environmental consulting. Building & Earth is registered in 35 states and has a staff of over 200 people located in nineteen cities.

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