Following the hospital’s acquisition in May 2014, Astoria Property Company was selected to redevelop the former Metropolitan Hospital in Miami, Florida. The original facility was constructed in 1962, known then as the Pan American Hospital, and has since undergone multiple renovations and additions. At the time of acquisition, the facility had a total of 134,000 square feet and 146 patient beds, many of the patient rooms were semi-private double occupancy, and the physical plant and hospital interiors needed updating.
Expectations for the hospital’s new design were rooted in boutique ambiance complemented by seamless integrations of technology. Facility owners and leaders were envisioning “A hospital where some of the most impressive technology in the nation would reside. Where exquisite suites, each with original artwork and designed with exceptional detail, await. A place where the patient’s every whim is anticipated and their loved ones’ every need exceeded.”
Astoria’s challenge was to transform a decades old facility with outdated systems and structures into a modern, patient-centered, destination hospital driven by advanced technologies. When programming of the facility was complete, it demanded renovations to the existing structure, the construction of a third floor patient wing, and the addition of a new entrance canopy.
Before the new design could be executed, Astoria and the design team had to gain secured approvals from the Florida state authorities and the Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA) for all renovation and construction plans. While the hospital’s final design was completed, demolition began on the existing facility.
Not only was the physical plant updated and improved to meet current standards, the building shell was also hardened to provide greater protection again potential hurricanes. New building envelope systems were installed, including a new roof system, hurricane resistant windows, hardened enclosures for the medical gas tanks and a cooling tower.
Other significant aspects of the renovation included new elevators, integrating new healthcare information systems, the addition of four new operating suites, and the construction of a grand lobby, which was created by cutting out the floor from a two-story area of the building.
Throughout the renovation process, Astoria coordinated continuously with the hospital owners and clinical and operations teams to ensure the final product would meet their needs and exceed their expectations.
The result? According to the new hospital owner: “Our welcoming environment integrates the comforts of a premier hotel with the clinical expertise of the doctor you trust the most. Here, everything from our impressive medical technology, to our patient-centered culture and fine accommodations are designed to improve your well-being.”
Real estate development and management is an uncommonly challenging industry—there are creative opportunities in every design scheme and unforeseen obstacles in almost every well-planned project. Astoria staff and leaders thrive on both. And to fulfill each moment of potential, we rely on efficient teamwork and an innate drive to constantly improve.
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