Client: McLeod Regional Medical Center
Location: Florence, SC
McLeod Regional Medical Center (“McLeod”), part of McLeod Health, is a non-profit medical center located in Florence, South Carolina and operates campuses all over the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. F.H. McLeod, M.D., founded Florence Infirmary, the forerunner of McLeod, in 1906. Presently, the 402-bed tertiary care and teaching hospital employs more than 3,000 individuals. McLeod is one of only three hospitals in South Carolina to carry Level II Trauma Center certification and has the only Children’s Hospital unit in the northeastern portion of South Carolina. Construction of the tower was completed in 1978 and consists of a mid-rise reinforced concrete structure with exterior brick masonry cavity wall construction. The tower is eight floors above ground and was designed to accommodate an expansion of an additional four floors atop the existing structure.
Berman & Wright was contracted to perform a review of the building and its documented historical issues as a means to render an opinion regarding the integrity and viability of the building’s envelope and structural system. The investigations and window testing document building problems associated with the masonry, windows, roofing, structural, and plumbing systems. Berman & Wright provided an analysis of project records and a litigation support assessment of liability and entitlement regarding numerous design and construction issues.