HIRAM, Ga. – Brasfield & Gorrie recently completed the geothermal drilling for WellStar Paulding Hospital, one of the nation’s first hospitals to be conditioned solely by geothermal energy. Completion of this first major phase of the construction project is a significant milestone. The new hospital is located just outside of Atlanta in Hiram, Ga.
Tapping geothermal energy has many advantages such as reduced pollution, greater reliability and cost savings.
“Not only is this project breaking the traditional mold of how a hospital converts energy to power to heat and cool the building, but our project team is also introducing several innovative techniques and technologies during the construction process. We’re using mobile productivity software and iPads on site to complete site walks, facilitate meetings and collaborate with our partners,” said Tate McKee, vice president and division manager with Brasfield & Gorrie.
The positive economic impact this project is having on the community is also gaining a great deal of attention with over 2,000 workers involved throughout the construction process – representing many local families in Paulding County.
WellStar Paulding Hospital is WellStar’s first replacement facility and is expected to welcome its first patients in April 2014. Plans include a seven-story, 295,000-square-foot hospital, a 120,000-square-foot precast parking deck and a four-story, 82,220-square-foot medical office building that will build on an existing facility. The new facility will replace the existing Paulding Hospital currently located in Dallas, Ga., and will include state-of-the-art features to better serve the community.
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