S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS) and the design-build team, joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, a member of Trinity Health Of New England, to cut the ribbon on the 35,000-square foot, $26 million Lighthouse Surgery Center in Hartford, Conn. The new center is a joint venture between Saint Francis Hospital, Lighthouse Surgeons, a group of orthopedic and spine surgeons, and Woodland Anesthesiology Associates. The freestanding center extends the Saint Francis campus.

The facility features six orthopedic ORs, complete on-site sterile processing, a 26-bay pre- and post-op area, a physical therapy space, and a double height reception / lobby area that initiates a carefully planned patient-centered care experience that extends throughout the facility. Doctors will treat orthopedic patients with sports injuries, joint replacement and spine surgical spine patients, as well as pain management, all in one location.

SLAM’s multi-disciplinary in-house team provides the project with an integrated design-build delivery method which streamlines the process by bringing planning, design, and construction together from the early stages of the project through completion.

Designers, structural engineers and construction professionals developed a structural column grid that provided an efficient framework for planning, construction and future growth. The resulting structural/planning module effectively accommodated the program, provided flexibility for future needs, and was cost effective to build.