Robins & Morton earned the number-five spot among Modern Healthcare magazine’s recently released ranking of the country’s top general contractors. The company completed healthcare projects totaling more than $921 million 2020.
Robins & Morton, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, began working in healthcare construction in the mid-1970s and soon became a recognized leader in the healthcare sector.
“Four decades ago we dedicated ourselves to understanding the unique needs of the healthcare sector and building lasting relationships with our healthcare clients,” said Chairman and CEO Bill Morton.
Robins & Morton has ranked among the top-10 since Modern Healthcare magazine started its rankings 35 years ago. The company is unique among the top healthcare contractors in that it generates an average of 90% of its revenue from healthcare projects and 80% of that work comes from repeat clients.
Notable healthcare projects completed in 2020 included a new patient tower at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida; the Northwest Health – LaPorte Hospital in La Porte, Indiana; and an addition and crisis stabilization unit at the Cherokee Indian Hospital Campus in Cherokee, North Carolina.
Construction of the six-story, 180,000-square-foot patient tower for BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, was well underway in the summer of 2020 when the client presented Robins & Morton with a challenge: open the three patient floors early to accommodate the pandemic’s anticipated patient surge. Robins & Morton brought in additional supervisory staff from across Florida and moved quickly to coordinate highly compressed schedules with architects, engineers, trade contractors, vendors and inspectors. As a result of that collaboration and Robins & Morton’s extensive hospital construction experience, the tower opened to patients two months early.
Northwest Health – La Porte Hospital, which opened last October, is a replacement community hospital bringing improved healthcare to La Porte and surrounding counties in northwestern Indiana. The 204,000-square-foot acute-care facility houses 84 beds, featuring emergency services, inpatient and outpatient services, critical care, interventional radiology, orthopedic services, and maternity care, among other services. The facility’s construction involved sustainable building practices and materials along with environmentally friendly design features and equipment in pursuit of Green Globes Certification.
When Robins & Morton was selected to build a Phase II addition and crisis stabilization unit on the Cherokee Indian Hospital campus in Cherokee, North Carolina, it was also the extension of a relationship between Robins & Morton and the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority. Robins & Morton worked closely with the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority and architects McMillan Pazdan Smith to weave Cherokee heritage throughout the building’s design. These include columns fashioned to resemble Western North Carolina trees, terrazzo flooring that tells Cherokee legends and a unique exterior motif that joins seamlessly with the main hospital building.
The two-story, nearly 77,000-square-foot facility was completed two months ahead of its original 20-month schedule to provide substance abuse treatment and behavioral health services in a welcoming space that includes talking rooms, exam and patient rooms, an arts and crafts group room, a wellness gym and an accessible roof-deck patio.
For 2021, Robins & Morton will see completion, continuation and start of several major hospital projects as well as numerous expansions, renovations and free-standing facilities.