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From Clark Construction Group:
LARGO, MD (December 14, 2020) – University of Maryland Capital Region Health (UM Capital) and Clark Construction Group have announced that substantial completion has been reached on the state-of-the-art University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center hospital, which replaces the 75-year-old Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly. The project was completed 10 days ahead of the contracted completion date of October 12.
The 620,000-square-foot hospital provides enhanced access to high-quality healthcare for residents of Prince George’s County and the surrounding communities. The new 11-story patient tower features 205 private patient rooms, 45 emergency room treatment bays, 20 observation rooms, and 8 operating rooms. Once open to the public in summer 2021, the new medical center will provide spaces for clinical services including emergency care, neonatal intensive care, behavioral health, neurosciences, orthopedics, labor & delivery, critical care medicine, and Level II trauma.
“Our partnership with Clark Construction to develop the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center has enabled us to deliver on our vision to build a medical center that will offer technologically advanced, safe and quality health care in Prince George’s County,” said Nathaniel Richardson Jr., president and chief executive officer of UM Capital Region Health. “While the building itself is impressive, more important is the preeminent design work that will ensure a highly efficient care delivery model in which Prince George’s County residents can rely on and be proud of for decades to come.”
Participation from small, local, county-based, and minority businesses throughout the construction process was a priority for all project stakeholders. In collaboration with S.M. Jackson Government Business Solutions, LLC, Clark’s small business compliance advisor, Clark awarded $30.9 million in contracts to County Based Minority Business Enterprises (CBMBE) for a total percentage participation of 13.5%, exceeding the goal of 10%, as well as a total of $177.9 million, or 77.86% CBMBE, Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), and Locally-based Business Enterprises (LBE) vendors, surpassing the goal of 25%.
Among Prince George’s County MBEs that worked on the project were Estime Enterprises, Inc. and Columbia Enterprises Inc., Clark’s partners who provided project and construction management services. “As a business located in Prince George’s County, we are proud to have been part of this project,” said Bruce D. Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of Columbia Enterprises, a contractor located in Camp Springs, MD. “In addition to the positive health and social outcomes this facility will provide Prince George’s County residents, this project has already started paying dividends, providing economic development and growth opportunities for our local small business community.”
Click here to see full article: UM CAPITAL REGION HEALTH AND CLARK CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE NEW MEDICAL CENTER AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Patricia E. Mitchell, Columbia’s CFO and a supporting member of the National Association of Black Women in Construction, is excited to be a part of the first Happy Hour (Virtual) in support of Women in Construction. The two local organizations found shared interests in promoting women in the construction industry and decided not to let the Covid pandemic stop the collaboration. Members of their respective organizations will come together to mix and mingle and get to know each other with a goal towards working together in the future! Congratulations to both organizations!
COLUMBIA’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Many of Columbia’s projects, and those of other contractors nationwide, have been deemed essential infrastructure by local and state governments and we continue to operate according to government guidelines and mandates to protect our employees on site and our subcontractors and vendors. Protecting our workforce and enabling our trade partners to put their crews to work in a safe, controlled, and healthy environment is paramount and we do this by following proper protocols for physical distancing, hand hygiene, and cleaning work areas.
We take every precaution to minimize the risk of infection on our jobsites and we have implemented numerous preventative strategies as part of our overall COVID-19 management plan to include:
○ Providing appropriate sanitizing products and masks at each location;
○ No touching nose, mouth, and eyes;
○ No handshaking or other close contact and requiring frequent hand washing;
○ Covering mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing;
○ Maintaining a safe, 6’ distance from others.
Educate workforce on the symptoms of COVID-19
Require individuals who are sick to stay home
Encourage high-risk individuals to stay home
Perform cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, portable toilets, and shared tools on the site
Implement measures for physical/social distancing including spreading out work as much as possible, deploying a rotational telework plan for management staff, and encouraging workforce to minimize close contact (within 6’ of others) to the greatest extent possible
Immediate notification to management is required if anyone on the project has:
Tested positive for COVID-19
Had close contact with someone known to have tested positive for COVID-19
Protocols have been established in accordance with CDC and OSHA recommendations to address a confirm cases of COVID-19 on a jobsite or in our offices, allowing on one member of admin team to occupy the office at a time, and requiring disinfecting all surfaces each day after use, if applicable.
This situation is ever-evolving and we are actively monitoring new developments. Columbia remains fully committed to operating in accordance with the guidelines set forth by national industry and health authorities and local health agencies.
Morgan Esters, recently brought on board as Project Manager, comes to Columbia with 4+ years’ experience in leading teams of contractors and collaborating successfully with design teams, owners, developers and construction staff to complete high-profile, large scale, multi-million dollar projects. She’s experienced in commercial, education and residential renovation, with majority experience in base-build projects. With strong leadership and organizational skills, Morgan will be an asset to our team. Welcome aboard!
Arshad Ahmad Sarwari, comes on board as Quality Control Manager. Arshad has 15+ years’ experience with multi-billion dollar international corporations in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers from Kabul to Badghis, Afghanistan, in addition to private multinational corporations in the USA. As Quality Control Manager, Arshad will ensure that all company services meet quality standards on construction project sites, while understanding customer expectations, through developing quality control processes and procedures. With Arshad’s experience, we’re sure his skills and abilities will translate to an increased bottom line and confidence by our customers that we’re really as good as industry pros say we are at Columbia Enterprises. Welcome aboard, Arshad!
“CAMP SPRINGS, MD— When Bruce Mitchell—Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Enterprises, Inc.—began the search to find additional office space in Maryland to expand his growing construction firm… “
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