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Building Excitement Fun Facts

June 18, 2019

Suburban Hospital’s Campus Transformation project continues to move forward and the new 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art clinical addition is set to open in early 2020. Here are some fun, behind-the-scene facts and figures about the addition:

  • The average daily labor force on the construction project is approximately 450 personnel. More than 750,000 work hours have gone into the project to date.
  • An average of nearly 40,000 pounds of building materials are delivered to the construction site each day.
  • There are 1,214 individual glass units across 224 window openings on the new addition and the atrium is 58 feet tall at its highest point.
  • Approximately 738 cubic yards or 200 truck-loads of dirt and rocks have been excavated to make way for a new elevator and staircase providing easy access from the new main lobby in the clinical addition to the existing auditorium.
  • Hydro-excavation was used to remove dirt during construction. In this process, soil is softened using high-pressure water and then vacuumed out through a hose 8″ in diameter and over 200 feet long. Two high-power vacuum trucks working together were needed to generate enough power to remove the dirt. The alternative to this method would have been to walk 7,000 wheelbarrows full of dirt out the front door of the hospital.
  • The exterior of the building includes 306 precast panels, weighing 3.5 million pounds! The largest panel weighs 27,000 pounds.
  • The new hospital cooling units each weigh 20,000 pounds when empty and increase to 34,000 pounds when filled with water. The units can handle 6,000 gallons per minute of condensed water, which can fill a typical backyard swimming pool in about 3 minutes!
  • It will take approximately 11 laps around a nursing unit to walk one mile. The total distance around the circumference of the updated campus will be approximately 2,300 feet or 0.44 mile.

Stay tuned for more information!