Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Services: Architecture and Interiors
Scope: Renovation and Expansion
The expansion and renovation of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) will allow for increased Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Med-Surg Stepdown, and PACU bed capacity. The expansion will also enhance the hospital’s heart program with dedicated cardiovascular ICU patient rooms, which connect directly to the Surgical Suite. With the Center’s continued focus on the future, the two-story tower will be designed for vertical expansion to allow for future growth to serve the community.
This $48 million dollar project will result in a new two-story patient tower with 42 additional beds, additional Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) positions, a new loading dock, expansion to Materials Management, renovation to the medical center’s dining and kitchen area, and a parking garage expansion with 150 new parking spaces. The patient tower is designed for a future two-story vertical extension.
The facility is designed to be intuitive and easily accessible. By incorporating these concepts into the design, the goal is to lessen patient and family anxiety. The new design takes advantage of daylight and views – prioritized in family waiting areas, lobbies, offices, and in staff lounges.
FWBMC is designed to be flexible and adaptable to both the current and future needs of the facility. For convenience and visual access to patients, a central nurse station will be incorporated into the design. The nurse stations will have a direct line of sight to all patient rooms and corridor charting stations. The majority of patient rooms are designed to be identical to one another. This maximizes their flexibility of use, contributing to the expediency of medical care and less chance for patient error.
A new connector bridge on the second level will provide convenient access from the existing towers to the patient units on the upper floors. This connector will also facilitate the movement of supplies and services.
The project utilizes prefabricated features such as exterior wall panels, patient headwalls, patient toilets, and casework. This method of construction saves the client both time and financial resources, as repetitive elements are built off-site and installed as soon as the construction process will allow.
Mitch Mongell, CEO of FWBMC, states, “These projects are part of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s focus on the future and commitment to improve access to high quality health care and service on behalf of our community.”
Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates – Structural Engineering
I.C. Thomasson – MPE Engineering
Kimley Horn – Civil Engineering
Layton Construction – Contractor