Manchester, NH BOND Building Construction, Inc. celebrated the grand-opening of the new Solinsky Center for Cancer Care at the Elliot Hospital. The new facility – which includes comprehensive cancer services of hematology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, chemotherapy, and support services – opened to patients in August.
With a fully functional hospital and a helicopter pad adjacent to the construction site, day-to-day operations were never compromised. BOND Building re-routed new pathways for patients and employees to access the facility and instituted phasing that proved critical to the project’s success. BOND Building provided preconstruction and construction management services related to the demolition of 6,600 s/f of existing space and 22,000 s/f of new construction for medical oncology services. Additionally, BOND Building installed a new linear accelerator, performed an 11,000 s/f radiation oncology update, and constructed a three-level parking structure to accommodate 362 cars.
The project was accomplished in collaboration with Anagnost Companies, E4H Environments for Health Architecture, Simon Design Engineering, BR+A Consulting Engineers, and Fuss & O’Neill.
“This was a unique and challenging project with multiple components that needed to be woven together,” said Mike Walsh, vice president of BOND Building Healthcare & Life Sciences. “Because the Solinsky Center for Cancer Care’s medical staff is now better equipped to provide outstanding care to their patients, this building will be a valuable community asset for years to come. BOND Building is proud of its role in helping make this vision a reality.”
Throughout the course of the project, the BOND Building team relied heavily on frequent coordination and effective communication between numerous construction partners while incorporating Lean planning principles.
“The entire Solinsky Center for Cancer Care team focused on strategic construction approaches and efficient workflow processes that enabled the success of the project and early completion,” said Frank Hayes, president, BOND Building Construction, Inc. “We thank all of our construction partners for their important work and we are grateful for having the opportunity to collaborate with knowledgeable and exceptional clients.”
The project was driven by the need for a cancer center to combine medical oncology with radiation oncology in one location. Previously, patients would receive chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or hormone therapy at a facility in Hooksett then come to the Elliot Hospital in Manchester for radiation therapy and other related services. Completion of the Solinsky Center for Cancer Care means patients will receive all treatments, exams, and medicines under one roof.
“This is a game-changer for our cancer patients and these facilities will go a long way in helping us deliver critical services in a more efficient way,” said Gregory Baxter, MD., president of the Elliot Health System. “No longer will patients have to receive services in one building then get in their car to finish services at another location. Now that all of our cancer care is in one place, our patients are the true beneficiaries.”