Delivering a fast-track project via integrated project delivery

Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus, Milford, Delaware

Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus is a replacement hospital serving a rapidly growing population in southern Delaware. The hospital’s previous location was landlocked with no room to grow without disrupting the residential communities that surround it. By moving its main campus to a 165-acre greenfield site, the hospital was able to gain seven times more space than its previous 22-acre location, giving it ample room to grow along with its community.

With a tight schedule and budget, the hospital was designed and delivered via Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). In partnership with construction management company Whiting Turner, we utilized IPD to reduce waste and redundancies in the design process while increasing value—delivering the building five months earlier than comparable replacement hospital projects.

The overall design inspiration for the six-story hospital was inspired by southern Delaware’s natural landscape and its proximity to the ocean. This inspiration influenced the design of the hospital in literal ways; for example, wave-like ripples are found on the exterior facade and on wood features throughout the interiors to emphasize the healing power of nature. In addition to housing 128 private patient rooms and an expansive emergency and trauma center, the hospital includes a 70,000-sf outpatient center providing outpatient cancer care, rehabilitation, surgery, diagnostic services and more.

The project was a tremendous success because the team was such a success. The new campus is state of the art, delivered on time and on budget. IPD provided Bayhealth with greater value for the money invested. The team was wholly solution and outcome focused. The result: A legacy project designed and built to serve the healthcare needs of the people of central and southern Delaware for decades to come.

Mike Metzing, VP, Corporate Support Services, Bayhealth