Louisville VA Hospital And MRI
- Project Owner: Department of Veteran Affairs
- Architect: Paradigm Engineers and Constructors
- Contractor: F. W. Owens Company
- Completion Date: 2009
- Location: Louisville, KY
- Cost: Estimated $4 million
This project included the renovation of over 2,000 square feet of existing space to create a new MRI Suite which contained a 1.5 Tesla MRI and a High Frequency Open MRI. The initial challenge of the project was that the imaging unit was on the 2nd Floor of a 2-story part of the hospital, directly over the emergency room. This required an analysis of the existing concrete floor, beam and column structure and eventual reinforcement with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) of the floor slab to enable the floor slabs to support the loads of the new equipment.
The 2nd challenge was to get the equipment into place which was ultimately achieved by cutting a large hole in the roof and creating an access hatch for any future equipment servicing requirements. The concrete roof deck was also reinforced with CFRP due to the size of the hole.
The entire project was completed in a timely manner and required a high degree of coordination with the hospital as the emergency room operations had to remain open throughout the entire construction and installation phases.