Skanska USA Celebrates Groundbreaking Milestone for Inspira Health Network


New five story hospital building in NJ underscores increasing demand for innovative construction methods in healthcare delivery

(L to R) – Walt Smith, Superintendent; Joe McCammit, Senior Project Manager; Rebecca Pizzi, Project Executive; Ed Szwarc, Executive Vice President/General Manager

Skanska USA celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Inspira Health Network hospital building in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, with a ceremony on May 24th. The milestone event included remarks from John DiAngelo, president and CEO, Inspira Health Network; New Jersey Commissioner of Health Cathleen Bennett; New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney; Rowan University President Dr. Ali A. Houshmand; Harrison Township Mayor Lou Manzo and other key project stakeholders.

This is the second major hospital project Skanska USA has broken ground on in the Delaware Valley in the last year. Skanska began construction on the Women and Children’s Health Building for Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware in 2016.

The new Inspira Health Network Medical Center is being built under the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach, which brings together the client, designer and the builder to align stakeholders and streamline the execution of the project. The new medical center will be Skanska USA’s largest IPD project to date in North America. The project will bring approximately 400 local full time jobs to the construction site.

With its partners Array Architects and Leach Wallace Associates, Skanska USA is constructing a five-story hospital building with 204 beds. The main tower consists of operating rooms, an emergency department, imaging suites, as well as administrative, dining and support services. The project also includes a new central utility plant, which will provide electrical power, heating/hot water and chilled water to the new hospital.

"Skanska’s extensive healthcare experience and innovative construction and delivery models enable clients like Inspira to expand their facilities and offerings to provide superior service to its patients," said Skanska USA Executive Vice President and General Manager Ed Szwarc. “Skanska, along with our partners Array Architects and Leach Wallace Associates, are committed to building the highest quality health centers to meet the growing needs of Gloucester County residents.”

Inspira purchased 100 acres of the current site from Rowan University in 2016, with the vision of creating a modern medical center in the heart of Gloucester County that offers residents convenient access to a higher level of quality health care.

“The construction of a new medical center is an extraordinarily complex undertaking. We chose to partner with Skanska because we knew they would bring the necessary expertise and experience to this project,” said John A. DiAngelo, President and CEO, Inspira Health Network.

Construction is scheduled to be complete by December 2019.

Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation and commercial. Headquartered in New York with offices in 31 metro areas, we have more than 10,000 employees committed to being leaders in safety, project execution, sustainability, ethics and people development. In 2016, our work in building construction, civil and power/industrial construction, commercial development and infrastructure development (public-private partnerships) generated $6.8 billion in revenue. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled $17.7 billion in 2016. Skanska shares are publicly traded in the U.S. on the OTC market under the symbol SKBSY through a Level I American Depository Receipt program.

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