The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
(Mercy Medical Center, Mary Catherine Bunting Center New Wing)
The new, state-of-the-art wing constructed by the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company on the 17th floor of Mercy Medical Center’s Mary Catherine Bunting Center main hospital in downtown Baltimore was a case study in true teamwork.
Mercy was the first hospital in Maryland to apply for and receive an Emergency Certificate of Need approval from the Maryland Health Care Commission to construction a new hospital unit to treat patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.
Completed June 5, the 32-bed acute care unit was opened and ready to start accepting patients diagnosed with COVID-19 as early as June 1.
With a 75-day deadline, Whiting-Turner completed the project in 59 days from the time of the project’s approval. The $12.5 million financing required for the project was provided by Whiting-Turner so it could meet its time-sensitive deadline goal.
But not everything went exactly according to plan. The pandemic’s hit to global supply chains disrupted Whiting-Turner’s normal access to supplies and materials. The company had to scramble to find what it needed.
Getting the needed manpower in place was also a challenge, though the team of contractors, subcontractors, designers, architects, engineers and everyone else met with aplomb. Construction workers underwent daily wellness checks, maintained social distance and constantly sanitized surfaces that could potential expose someone to the virus.