Olsson Associates


Five-star service for new Mercy hospital

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Mindful of the comfort of families and friends while their loved ones undertake medical procedures, Sisters of Mercy Health Systems (Mercy) selected Olsson Associates in April 2010 to provide planning and design services for its new orthopedic hospital in Springfield, Missouri, which would also include hotel-type amenities. Olsson was also selected to plan and design the hospital’s surrounding infrastructure improvements. On August 29, 2013, Mercy proudly opened its new $115 million orthopedic hospital. This new, 199,000-square-foot, four-story hospital has 48 inpatient beds, 10 operating rooms, a clinic, a pharmacy, and a café. 

Mercy’s goal was to create a campus that combined the services of a hospital and a hotel. Mercy’s new facility includes features such as valet parking, a family-friendly atmosphere, a recreational walking path, free transportation to/from Mercy’s main hospital campus, and other perks to provide patients with top-notch customer service.

After Mercy’s sister hospital in Joplin, Missouri, endured horrific damage in the 2011 tornado, the company placed an increased emphasis on making its medical facilities safer during disasters. One such improvement at the orthopedic hospital included installing moveable walls, which can be pulled out to shield patients and staff members from the large glass windows during severe storms and tornados.

Olsson provided the following overall services to the site:

  • Site/civil engineering services, including mass grading for the new orthopedic facility (also provided erosion control monitoring, prepared geotechnical and land disturbance reports, and prepared a traffic study as part of the site/civil planning and design)
  • Off-site city roadway improvements
  • Associated public utility extensions
  • Future development zones across the entire 100-acre site

Specifically for the orthopedic facility, Olsson prepared detailed construction drawings for the new facility, located on a 25-acre site within the development. As part of this project, the Olsson team provided the following services:

  • Pavement layout and design
  • Site grading
  • Utility design and coordination
  • Retaining wall layout and design
  • Vehicular/pedestrian access
  • External fire protection
  • Stormwater management plan and design

In addition, Olsson provided design services for off-site improvements associated with the property development. These improvements included designing the U.S. 65 and Evans Road interchange improvements and planning for approximately 4,500 linear feet of new city arterial and collector roadways.

Mercy and the City of Springfield hired Olsson’s Special Inspections team to provide special inspections services, including testing for mass grading, as well as designing footings/foundations for the new facility. Olsson’s Land Survey team provided construction staking services for the project site.

This project necessitated close coordination between Mercy, the City of Springfield, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. As part of staff members’ responsibilities, Olsson assisted Mercy by coordinating design efforts with the City of Springfield and MoDOT. Olsson also coordinated efforts with Mercy to conduct easement and right-of-way negotiations with the City of Springfield and MoDOT. Staff members also helped negotiate development agreements with the City of Springfield.

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