5,000 sq. ft. | $2.5 million | August 2014
Barton Healthcare provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing design services for renovations of approximately 5,000 square feet of existing space for a Hybrid MRI Suite located in the Weinberg Building at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore, Maryland. The project consisted of a General Electric (GE) 3-Tesla (3T) MRI unit, an Insightec Ex-ablate 4000 Focused Ultrasound, and a Magnetic Hyper-polarizer (“Spin Lab”), also by GE, for use in patient care and clinical research.
The architectural planning and engineering of this specific imaging suite and its associated cutting edge technologies had unique challenges such as three nearby elevators, an immediately adjacent electrical substation, low floor to floor height, multiple physical obstructions presented by critical existing mechanical systems that were immovable, and suspending a magnetic shielding system beneath the magnet over the Bio Medical Engineering office suite on the occupied floor below.
The completion of this project brings these three technologies together in the same suite for the very first time in medical history. Their coordinated use will undoubtedly have an impact on the future of imaging technologies and wave therapies providing healing and improved quality of life for patients from all walks of life. Barton Healthcare is excited to have been an integral part of the team that made UMMC’s Center for Integrated Metabolic Imaging and Therapeutics (CIMIT) a reality. Barton Healthcare was the prime design professional and responsible to lead the Architect and Structural engineer in this demanding and fast paced project.
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