This phased project included the demolition and build-out of space to accept a PET-MRI on the 10th floor of the West Pavilion, Barnes Jewish Hospital. It involved logistical problems similar to any large project within an operating hospital (staff coordination, environmental health and safety, moving/staging of construction materials and debris).
This project involved structural changes to the building envelope on the tenth floor so that the new pieces of high precision equipment, including a 64-slice computed tomography (CT), Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI’s), and a new chiller could be raised with a crane and successfully inserted/installed into the building.
A vast amount of lead and steel shielding were installed in walls, ceilings and floors of all X-ray and radiation rooms, and in adjacent patient and physician-occupied rooms. All work was performed with all of the environment safety precautions in place as the hospital continued to operate.