Swedish construction company Skanska has been awarded a $178m contract by Lee Memorial Health System for the expansion and overhauling of the Gulf Coast Medical Center (GCMC) in Fort Myers, Florida, US.

Skanska will claim a share of 89% of the total contract value which is $200m through its joint venture company with Gates Construction.

Und the contract, a 34,000m² building will be constructed and overhauling work will be done on 4500m² of area which will feature additional floors along with numerous horizontal expansions.

It will also build a 1,300 space parking structure.

Skanska is expected to begin the construction work this month and the project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The Gulf Coast Medical Center is a 218-bed acute-care hospital manned with 460-member medical staff and more than 1,000 employees and caters to the residents of in and surrounding Bay County, Florida.

The hospital also features a 42-bed critical care unit which includes a 20-bed adult-level Intensive Care Unit and the region’s only four-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and 18-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The healthcare provider offers pediatric services in cardiac, gastroenterology, general surgery, orthopedics, neonatology, internal medicine, ophthalmology.

Their subspeciality services include gastroenterology, retina, spine, and vascular surgery.

GCMC also offer a cancer programme which has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Image: A view of GCMC Individual Patient Rooms. Photo: courtesy of KHSS.