The project involved the addition of a new two-story cath lab building to the existing medical facility at the Ashtabula County Medical Center, which is a part of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.


  • 7,000-square-foot, two-story addition
  • Designed for future one-story addition
  • Entire project was carried out on an expedited schedule and completed in six months, which includes the design phase

A new 7,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art cath lab addition designed for one additional future story. The new building is located in a very tight space on the hospital campus and is bound by existing buildings with basement levels along three sides. Since the new building did not have a basement, drilled piers (caissons) and grade beams were used to minimize the impact of the new foundations on the existing basement walls. The caissons had to be strategically located away from the existing foundations and the grade beams had to be cantilevered to minimize the impact on existing foundations. The new addition is comprised of a slab on grade at the first level and two framed floors at the second level and the current roof (future third) level. The framed floor construction is comprised of composite floor slabs supported on composite beams that frame into steel columns. The columns transfer the building loads to the foundation system that is comprised of grade beams and caissons bearing on shale. The lateral force (wind/seismic) resisting system is comprised of partially restrained moment steel frames.

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