DO THE MATH
Miles of wiring, tons of steel went into building new KDH
Friday, February 22, 2013 10:00 AM
The community watched over the last two years as a plot of Jefferson County farmland became the location of the new King's Daughters' Health hospital.
From the ground-breaking to steel framing and eventually a state-of-the-art brick hospital building, area residents saw equipment, cranes and trucks moving materials to and around the site to complete the four-story hospital and two-story medical building standing on 96 acres on State Road 62.
But there's more than meets the eye at the new hospital building. There are thousands of miles of wiring and pipe plus tons of steel inside the new $100 million facility.
Scott Smith, senior vice president for Wehr Constructors of Louisville, and other officials gave a few of the building's statistics during the hospital's ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday.
The hospital, which took nearly 27 months to build, covers 212,000 square feet. It has up to 29 emergency patient rooms, five surgical suites, four labor and delivery suites, a nursery with a starlit ceiling, a cardiac cath lab and other health service areas.
The new hospital also features 86 private rooms. Each room identical to help nurses know exactly where medical equipment and supplies are located. Each room has a window for natural light, and each room has seating space for visitors.
The Main Campus Medical Building features 95,000 square feet of space that will provide offices for nearly two dozen doctors and medical professionals.
Following the ground breaking in November 2010, crews moved nearly 108,040 cubic yards of earth. To put that in perspective, 51 football fields could have been covered with a foot of earth moved during the project. Not only did construction crews level the land, the basement of the hospital was excavated during the project to create space for the Diabetes and Wound Center, conference centers, a radiology school, learning labs and maintenance facilities.
During construction, enough structural steel to build 850 vehicles about 4,000 pounds each went into the facility. That's 1,697 tons of steel.
The 8,583 cubic yards of concrete used in the project could have covered four football fields with concrete nearly a foot thick. There's also 208 miles of metal studs in the structure - almost enough to stretch from downtown Madison to Madison, Tenn., just north of the state's capital.
Nearly 175 tons of duct work was placed throughout the ceilings to make sure the building's temperatures remain at a comfortable level for patients and visitors.
The building also features over 1.5 million linear feet, or 295 miles, of wire. If stretched out, the wire could reach from Louisville to Chicago.
King's Daughters' Health President and CEO Roger Allman said just the wiring for the computer systems in the building was quite significant.
"The computer cabling is just astounding," he said.
There's still room for additional wiring in the ceilings should future technological advances require it.
Should it be needed, nearly 35,000 linear feet - nearly 9 miles - of sprinkler pipe will help protect the building should an emergency arise. Set side-by-side, the pipe could reach from U.S. 421 and Main Street in Madison to the stoplight at State Road 56 and Thornton Road in Hanover.
In all, the building has 2,005,000 square feet, or 46 acres, of drywall. The drywall throughout the building would cover a little less than half of the hospital property on State Road 62 if spread out, and nearly 25,000 gallons of drywall mud was used throughout the buildings.
For the exterior, nearly 214,000 eight-inch bricks cover the building. Placed end-to-end the bricks would extend 27 miles - from downtown Madison to Versailles.
So far, nearly 4,500 area residents have already visited the location for community and employee open houses, spokesman Dave Ommen said, but the facility opens to its very first patients at 7 a.m. on Saturday.