A Pictoral Stroll Through Construction Progress

As construction has moved indoors on the expansion project at TCMH, there’s very little to see other than the occasional 18-wheeler delivery alongside highway 63.

It takes reflective cones alongside the highway, a truck delivering a pallet jack and a large forklift to unload the ceramic tile from this truck.

It takes reflective cones alongside the highway, a truck delivering a pallet jack and a large forklift to unload the ceramic tile from this truck.


A wisp of smoke can be seen curling out of the shiny, silver boiler pipes on cold mornings, but there’s a lot more than new boilers in the basement of the new construction now. Hot water heaters, water softener and zillions of wires have made their way downstairs.
Just SOME of the equipment in the basement mechanical area.

Just SOME of the equipment in the basement mechanical area.


If you don’t want to use the stairs in the new construction, there will be two new elevators available. Like a giant LEGO project the elevator parts arrived in many different crates. Professional elevator installation experts are figuring out how to put together the many parts in those crates.
Construction of the elevator shaft.

Construction of the elevator shaft.


The TCMH physical therapy gets to have a front row seat to the construction action; the plywood that was originally placed over the PT department “outdoor” windows has been removed.
Plywood placed on the big glass windows outside of the hospital prior to the new construction.

Plywood placed on the big glass windows outside of the hospital prior to the new construction.


Thank goodness we got the PT crew out before they had to spend a year or two behind glass.

Thank goodness we got the PT crew out before they had to spend a year or two behind glass.


Looking into the PT department from the current construction.

Looking into the PT department from the current construction.


Headwalls are up in all of the patient rooms and the emergency department trauma room. The headwalls provide electricity, suction and oxygen at the patient bedside.
Drywall is going up around the headwalls.

Drywall is going up around the headwalls.


Speaking of drywall, lots and lots of drywall is finding its place on the walls.
Drywall around the new front lobby and registration area.

Drywall around the new front lobby and registration area.


And paint! There’s paint going on the walls in the new radiology department because the new equipment for radiology will arrive next month for installation.
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And this little staff bathroom in Radiology already has ceramic tile on the floor.
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Stacks and stacks and stacks of doors are waiting in the hallways, marked for their new homes.
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A special “pour-on” floor with texture is going in each patient bathroom and in the emergency department trauma room. A sample floor was poured in a patient room, and a couple of area residents took off their shoes and socks to test the texture of the floor. They gave the floor a “thumbs up”.
There are four different textured blocks laying in the floor on this new bathroom floor.

There are four different textured blocks laying in the floor on this new bathroom floor.


TCMH chose a slight texture for the majority of the bathroom floor. The shower area has a little bit heavier texture for a better grip for wet feet.

And finally…it’s the little things that mean a lot to our staff and to future patients in this expansion area. Check out these shut off valves for the water pipes.
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What’s so great about a water shut off valve, you ask?

Currently, when there’s a water issue at TCMH, our maintenance staff has to shut off water to all the patient care areas, creating hardships for our patients and their staff. In this construction, we will be able to shut off water to a specific patient room or a specific bathroom, etc. We don’t want to have to use these levers, but if and when we do, it will be a much better and simpler situation for everyone.

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