Our Approach to Medical & Science

Medical construction requires thoughtful planning and a meticulous approach. Whether you are undertaking a new build or renovating an existing space, we can help you meet the unique challenges of integrating specialized technology and equipment with patient-centered design.

EVIDENCE BASED DESIGN

EBD — Evidence-based-design — is contributing more and more to how medical spaces need to feel, flow and function. We can offer input on how to achieve your team's objectives for EBD and patient-centered care within your budget and scope.

THOUGHTFUL RENOVATION

We'll come alongside you and your team early in the project and identify the best ways to integrate your upgrades. We'll develop an insightful approach to ADA and code compliance, fire protection, interior room finish installation, equipment installation, and mechanical and electrical systems integration. We'll observe protocols for occupant safety, pathogen control and patient privacy throughout every aspect of construction.

COORDINATION

Medical construction often takes place in an active, occupied healthcare environment. This is a highly complex aspect of these builds. We'll manage the needed utilities shutdowns, traffic and workflow rerouting, materials staging, construction phasing and security and restricted substance control — while minimizing the impact on your patients and staff. We’ll coordinate with vendors for precision installation of your equipment. And finally, when the build is complete, we'll coordinate with the regulating agencies for compliance and certification.

THE TILFORD NURSING CENTER

“The Tilford Center at Gonzaga University provides an outstanding learning environment for our nursing students. The excellence of our facility — the state-of-the-art classrooms and technology and the warm and welcoming lobby area — is something we are very proud of.

Gonzaga nursing students learn to care for individuals, families, and populations with increasingly complex healthcare needs in highly complex healthcare settings — and the core of that care will be from a Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic foundation. Our graduates will be well-prepared. We know they will make the world a better place.”

Lin Murphy, PhD, RN
Active Dean and Associate Professor
School of Nursing & Human Physiology

Medical & Science Projects

Benewah Medical CenterPlummer, ID

This beautiful 50,000 SF Medical and Wellness Center is located on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in North Idaho. An open atrium, rooftop gardens and stunning mountain views add to the uniqueness of the building. The clinic replaced a 20 - year facility, and includes 24 exam rooms on its 30,000 SF main floor. The tribe's medical, dental, community health, counseling, pharmacy, medical lab, and patient financial services are located on the main level. Its administration offices, classrooms, a staff break room, electrical and mechanical rooms, and storage space are located on the 20,000-square-foot lower level. A separate 1,600-square-foot building houses maintenance equipment for the medical center. The Benewah Medical Center won an honor award for 2013 from the Masonry Industry Promotions Group.

 
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North Valley HospitalTonasket, WA

A two-level 21,800 SF addition expanded this critical care hospital, providing new space for the emergency department, trauma, cardiac care, OB, ten patient rooms and one swing bedroom. New mechanical, electrical and medical gas systems were roughed-in at the basement level in preparation for future expansion. Renovation efforts transformed 1,500 SF of existing building into the hospital's new main entry and admitting area. Walker Construction performed work as part of a Joint Venture.

 
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Kootenai Medical Center ProjectsCoeur d'Alene, ID

Walker Construction has an ongoing projects contract with Kootenai Medical Center. We have completed the following projects: Kitchen Addition and Cafeteria Upgrade; Outpatient Imaging PET/CT Tenant Improvement; McGrane Center; Oncology Dept Tenant Improvement; Medical Staffing Tenant Improvement; MRI Lab, Ultra Sound Lab and renovation of the Chemical Dependency Facility.

 
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Gonzaga University, Tilford Center Nursing LabSpokane, WA

This high tech nursing lab was part of the Gonzaga University Tilford Center renovation performed by Walker Construction. The lab is on the first floor with an interactive conference center which will enable Gonzaga to expand its online programs, one of which includes nursing. The Tilford Center project was a large tenant improvement within the existing cast-in-place concrete warehouse known as the Fuller Building. A total of 46,000 SF of floor space was revitalized into large common areas, classrooms, and office spaces. The project consisted of all new mechanical, fire sprinkler, and electrical systems. Although the structure was sound, it needed to be modified to accommodate the new lecture rooms and labs. Columns were removed and new, large steel beams were installed to enlarge the spaces needed. Other elements of work performed by Walker Construction and their subcontractors included the installation of a new elevator, a material lift, new stair tower, and a rooftop mechanical platform. There was also extensive work required to level existing floors prior to receiving floor coverings and to enlarge the existing windows to create a uniform and consistent look.

 
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Herak CenterSpokane, WA

For over a dozen years Walker Construction has been involved in upgrades and renovations to the Herak Center for Engineering on the Gonzaga Campus. Projects have included Entry doors, labs, mechanical upgrades, offices, and classroom upgrades.

 
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Northeast Community CenterSpokane, WA

This addition to an active community center is comprised of a full daylight basement, main and second floor. Specifically intended for a community clinic, the project was designed with lease space on all three floors. The building includes a 8,600 SF medical clinic and a 8,600 SF dental clinic- both built for use by the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. The Northeast Community Center was able to continue operating from 6am to 9pm five days a week during construction. This project is LEED Certified.

 
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