On Oct. 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy made its way ashore just northeast of Atlantic City, N.J., affecting 24 states with severe damage in New Jersey and New York. Prior to landfall, this storm was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, as well as the second-costliest in United States history. Just a few hours after Sandy hit the coast, its impact became evident to the South Nassau communities. Electricity was out in most areas. Cell phone service was practically non-existent. Many homes and cars were destroyed or water damaged, and due to electricity failure, vital services such as service stations and supermarkets could not open. Because many of SNCH’s 3,000 staff members were residents of the local area, they were also displaced, losing homes, cars and other valuables to the storm surge.
The outpatient dialysis center was seriously impacted by the event, with much of its interior and medical equipment destroyed. This free-standing, 10,000-square-foot facility had to be remediated and rebuilt as quickly as possible. South Nassau’s OPD center was refinished to match its pre-Sandy floor plan in just five months.
“KLMK could not be more honored to be on the OPD project team. It has been very inspirational watching the community come together in support of one another during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It has truly been a pleasure to work with the South Nassau team during this renovation project,” stated Bill McMahon, president and chief operating officer of KLMK.
KLMK offered project advisory solutions to SNCH during planning, renovation and occupancy of OPD. KLMK’s role was to develop and maintain the project schedule and budget along with an integrated team of designers, contractors and SNCH users. Weekly updates disseminated important project milestones and photos to administration and, ultimately, the community at large; existing patients were eager to return to South Nassau’s outpatient dialysis center.
“KLMK assistance was invaluable to the OPD recovery team, in providing the guidance for the open items, budget compliance, project milestones and schedule integration, weekly dashboards and coordination with the insurance claim. Celebrate success!” stated Andrew Triolo, assistant vice president of SNCH.
KLMK worked hand in hand with SNCH to ensure this critical facility was repaired as soon as possible. The center reopened its doors to patients on April 15.