FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. Ruby+Associates, the constructability-focused structural engineering firm, recently discussed its participation in the new 1.2 million sq ft Wishard hospital campus scheduled for completion in late 2013. The campus features an approximately 327 bed hospital, a 200-room ambulatory care building, a 110-bed emergency department and a 2,700-car parking garage along with a faculty and research building. The Wishard project capitalizes on Ruby’s extensive experience in healthcare.

"We have been fortunate to work with Ben Hur Construction and Hammerts Iron Works, key members of the construction team at Wishard," said Jeff Gasparott, PE, SECB, Ruby Project Manager. "Our constructability approach enables us to develop efficient construction methods for our clients. As engineers, we understand the challenges presented by unique design and can identify opportunities to reduce or avoid costs. This is the value our clients expect from Ruby on every project."

Marion County, In., residents, including the 85 percent of voters who approved the new facilities, can expect state-of-the-art health care for years to come. The building, set to transform the Indianapolis skyline, blends glass, as a representation of transparency and clean design, and steel as the strong resilient infrastructure. The hospital’s cantilever design is symbolic of Wishard’s outreach into the community and of its higher purpose and greater responsibility.

"At Ruby, we look at every project as an opportunity to provide value to the construction team, and we certainly have that chance at Wishard," said Gasparott. "Our firm has built a portfolio of success stories in the health care sector and is eager to apply that expertise at Wishard."

Ruby+Associates has deep experience in health care including Owensboro (KY) Medical Health Systems’ "new hospital"; the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL; C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI; Mercy Hospital in Tiffin, OH; Mercy Hospital in Willard, OH; and Mercy Hospital in Tiffin, OH; and St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, OH, to name a few.

For more information on Ruby+Associates and to read case studies from many of its health care projects, please visit www.rubyusa.com.

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