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Medical Arts Center Plunges Ahead Through Wetlands

Wed April 19, 2000 - Southeast Edition
Barbie Perkins-Cooper

Construction is booming in Mount Pleasant, SC, as Trident Construction Company Inc. of North Charleston begins the East Cooper Medical Arts Center. Tim Kennedy is the project manager for the project, and Bill Skidmore is superintendent.

Located on an access road, next to East Cooper Hospital, East Cooper Medical Arts Center has been in the planning stages for more than two years, and broke ground in early February 2000, after meeting a significant challenge with the site by establishing roads through the wetlands. The wetlands construction began in January, after a slight delay due to weather conditions.

After the established road was completed, foundation construction began in February. Presently on the site, the foundation work includes completion of 300 concrete piles and placing the structural steel frame, along with the heavy gauge metal studs.

Scheduled date of completion is October 2000, and will consist of 3,716 square meters (40,000 sq. ft.). Exterior construction will consist of a combination of brick and traditional stucco. Storefront windows will be installed. The interior will be drywall metal studs. East Cooper Medical Arts Center is currently on target and ahead of schedule for the anticipated date of completion.

On an average, 10-12 construction workers are on the site on a daily basis. After the heavy construction work is completed, Trident Construction expects approximately 60 or more workers will be involved in the project until completed.

East Cooper Medical Arts Center will be a state- of-the-art complex, and will provide diagnostic medical work, X-rays, MRI, and other areas of medical technology. The Arts Center will not be connected to East Cooper Hospital. Access to the complex will be a frontage road neighboring the hospital, already constructed and traveled. Parking spaces will be provided.

Total cost of the East Cooper Medical Arts Center is $4 million.

Heavy construction equipment used at the site includes Cats to clear the wetlands, dump trucks, a Link-Belt pile-driving rig; several John Deere backhoes; and a Link-Belt 45-metric-ton (50 ton) crane.

Several trees at the site are being preserved and are roped off. Landscaping, to meet the regulations of the City of Mount Pleasant, will be completed when construction concludes.

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