Saunders has completed over 60 projects for Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHHA).
In 2009, Saunders completed our first project with DHHA — the Denver Health & Teammates for Kids project. Since then, Saunders has worked on over 60 projects for the hospital and was qualified as one of their four On-Call contractors to perform express services throughout the hospital.
A few of Saunders’ recent projects on this campus include:
DHHA Adolescent Psychology Expansion
This project was the demolition and remodel of numerous sections of an occupied floor that houses high-risk children. The project included 7,700 square feet of office space that was converted to consultant/therapy rooms and renovation to the nurses station. Patient rooms were also remodeled with special requests from the owner to meet safety standards for the patients.
DHHA Adult Psychology Renovation
The DHHA Adult Psych Remodel project included renovations to four areas on the fourth floor of the Pav A Building. Just like the Adolescent Psych project, the team revolved operations around patient and staff needs. On this project, all workers had to walk through occupied patient spaces in order to access each construction area. All workers were badged for entering and exiting the construction area, and strict procedures were followed at all times to maintain this secure area of the hospital.
DHHA Ebola Preparedness
Denver Health Medical Center is one of 10 regional Ebola or other highly infectious disease treatment centers. After a world-wide outbreak of Ebola in 2014, DHHA was given a grant to build an Ebola Preparedness unit to effectively treat infected patients in a safe environment. This unit was completed as a renovation to an existing area of the hospital.
In order to properly contain Ebola when treating an infected patient, the unit must meet unique isolation and airborne restrictions. The construction of such spaces requires unique MEP systems and exclusive air quality constraints. This renovation, meeting BSL 3 compliance, required a mechanical exhaust package that demanded heavy coordination with the existing facility in regards to shut downs, tie-ins, methods of procedures (MOP’s) and infection control measures.
Throughout two months of occupied renovations, Saunders was able to work around critical area staff and patient spaces without a single disruption to the hospital. Saunders used multiple infection control phasing efforts to ensure patient safety with minimal invasive construction activities.