Lee County VA Healthcare System had awarded GEAR an A-E Design-Build project to furnish all labor, materials, engineering services, and supervision to design and construct a large screened-in enclosure around the existing outdoor courtyard of the canteen area on the first floor of the Lee County Healthcare facility in Cape Coral, Florida. The competitive project was based on professional qualifications and experience, and awarded on a best value, fix price basis. 

GEAR recently completed the A-E Design Build courtyard patio dining enclosure, which included concrete foundation and sub-floors, with aluminum structural elements. The walls and roof included a metallic covering that covered the entire courtyard seating area. The structure’s design was constructed so that it conformed to Miami-Dade hurricane standards. 

Under ICRA requirements, the enclosure also included exits for fire egress, lighting, emergency lighting, ceiling fans, electrical, mechanical, structural engineering and convenience outlets. The roof system included gutters, downspouts, and lightning protection. New landscaping was also provided.

The design required meeting all of the very stringent VA specifications and included matching the existing materials and design, and “phasing” the work during the Hospital's working hours.

GEAR successfully overcame unforeseen obstacles, such as hurricane Irma-induced schedule and material cost changes. GEAR's vast amount of experience with similar projects was key to successfully completing the design and construction of the enclosure on time and under budget. GEAR’s performance met and exceeded VA's requirements and surpassed their expectations. The VA local representative said the performance was “outstanding”!


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