FORT MYERS, Fla. – Skanska is deploying two 550-foot-tall cranes – which will be the highest cranes visible in the air in Southwest Florida – for the expansion and renovation of the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers. The hospital’s expansion will add three floors consisting of 216 patient rooms and 52 intensive care unit rooms to better serve patients in the Southwest Florida community.
Skanska, which is leading this project in a joint venture with Gates Construction on behalf of Lee Health, will build the hospital’s 365,700-square-foot expansion and renovate 48,500 square feet of space. As part of phase one, a 1,300-space parking garage was built and opened in August 2017. Skanska completed an earlier project for the hospital in 2009.
Designed by architecture firm HKS, Inc., the $229-million hospital project is slated for completion in September 2021. The scope of work includes expansion of the emergency department, clinical laboratory, radiology department, dining services and the central energy plant. Once the expansion is complete, the Gulf Coast Medical Center’s bed capacity will increase from 356 to 624.