McMurry West Tower, a by-the-numbers update

By Kristy Bleizeffer Jan 21, 2014

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Here you can see the front entrance of our new McMurry West Tower. When it opens this summer, it will provide 98,000 square feet of state-of-the-art medical space.

When finished, our McMurry West Tower and MRI building will have more than 3 miles of copper electrical wire laid within the walls. That’s enough to stretch from Wyoming Medical Center to the Casper Events Center.

The McMurry West Tower is set to open late this summer. It will provide 98,000 square feet for state-of-the-art medical care, 28 private surgical rooms and a new mother-baby unit with 16 private rooms.

As the weather turned colder this winter, workers for Haselden Caspar/ Pope JV  moved inside to frame out the building’s interior with more than 11,000 steel studs. Crews have installed 5,000 batts of insulation and are now hanging the 4,300 sheets of drywall. Now, you can imagine the shape, layout and space the rooms will provide for patients and families. You can also see the outlines of our new main entrance, spacious dining area and the Cottage Gift Shop. The tower will also have space for a 7,000-square-foot Wellness Center.

Many more impressive numbers can be found inside the walls of our new tower, designed to create a better hospital experience for the thousands of Wyoming families who come to us each year. Here are a few:

2 air-handling units, each weighing 55,000 pounds, installed on the roof to ensure quick and efficient air ventilation

More than 100 windows framed and installed

15,000 cubic yards of soil removed for caissons and foundations

275 tons of rebar used

4,411 cubic yards of concrete poured

1,400 sheets of thermax sheathing installed

3,300 exterior steel studs installed

10,000 feet of 6-inch metal strap blocking used

240 sheets of ¾-inch fire treated plywood blocking used

More than 8,000 feet of ¾-inch metal electrical conduit laid

More than 5,000 feet of plumbing piping installed

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The lobby is beginning to take shape, including space for a new coffee shop shown here. Designed with patients and visitors in mind, our new dining area, coffee shop, gift shop and chapel will serve as a central gathering place for guests.

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Crews work on two of the tower's four new elevator cars recently. Between 75 to 80 crew members a day are working in the tower now.

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This photo shows the large walk-in freezers located in the kitchen area. Here we will have more room to offer more dining options and create a focal point for the lobby.

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While many of the floors have sheet rock already hanging on the walls, here you can see the metal skeleton of the interior.

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Another look at the spacious lobby. It's now easier to picture of the tower's eventual layout.

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Our new main entrance will offer a curbside canopy for drop-off and pick-ups, valet parking and easy access to Second Street.

For More

In "Little turns into big: Mick and Susie McMurry are building a healthier community," read about the McMurrys' generous support of Wyoming Medical Center and other health care initiatives in Natrona County.

See how far the McMurry West Tower project has come by comparing to these earlier posts:

July 9: West Tower Rising

Sept. 6: Construction Update, Fall 2013

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