War Memorial Hospital Breaks Ground, Seeks Silver LEED Certificate
Valley Health and War Memorial Hospital officials broke ground on a $30 million replacement hospital in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The new hospital and medical office-building complex will be completed in the spring of 2012, following a 20-month construction schedule. The new 87,000 SF facility will offer 25 acute care/skilled beds and 16 long-term care beds, an expanded emergency department, more space for outpatient services, and upgraded technologies.
The complex will be “more accessible for patients and will incorporate more contemporary elements,” said Mark H. Merrill, president and CEO of Valley Health. “It will be more welcoming to patients and their families by using more natural light and openness, and warm colors.” The project is designed to achieve LEED silver certification from the US Green Building Council. The replacement hospital is being constructed on an 80.5-acre site along Fairview Drive in Berkeley Springs, approximately 1.5 miles from the current facility.
Valley Health began managing War Memorial for Morgan County in 1989, and in 2010 acquired the hospital. ”The partnership among the Morgan County Commission, Valley Health, and the citizens of Morgan County can serve as a model for rural hospitals,” said Chris Strovel, Eastern Panhandle field representative (on behalf of U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.)
Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc, of Winchester, VA is the Construction Manager. Perkins + Wills is the project architect.
“The team has worked together on many projects, but the new War Memorial Hospital is particularly exciting. Our employees and their families will directly benefit from these beautifully-designed facilities,” says Jeff Boehm, Vice President at Howard Shockey.