Construction is underway on Cullman Regional’s 30-bed, four-story tower expansion, part of a $30 million overall expansion of the hospital to increase bed capacity and double the size of its critical care unit.
Doster Construction Co. is the general contractor for the project that is expected to take two years to complete. The tower is being built with a 130-foot ballasted tower crane, which will be used to place the steel foundation and framing to extend the hospital’s west bed tower by 84 feet, enabling the hospital to add 13 critical care and 12 medical/surgical patient rooms. In addition, the project will complete renovations to existing spaces, creating space for an additional five patient beds, bringing the total to 30 new beds.
“It’s imperative that North Alabama healthcare systems like Cullman Regional invest in facilities, technology and talent to meet the future healthcare needs of our rapidly growing region,” said Cullman Regional CEO James Clements.
In addition to the bed space, Doster will complete construction on the hospital’s emergency department this summer, increasing ER capacity by 80%. Both the emergency department and tower expansion were designed by TRO Jung|Brannen Architects.
“The new patient tower will provide Cullman, and surrounding communities, more opportunity in seeking immediate healthcare attention, while enhancing the capabilities to which Cullman Regional can perform daily,” said Brad Mitchell, Doster operations manager.
Headquartered in Birmingham, Doster has completed more than 1,500 healthcare projects across the country and consistently ranks in the nation’s top healthcare contractors by Modern Healthcare.