US-based Mercy Hospital Joplin is set to officially open on 22 March, which replaces the former St John’s Mercy Regional Medical Centre in Joplin, Missouri, US.

Builder McCarthy Building Companies, architectural firms HKS, and Archimages and MEP Engineer Heideman & Associates worked together to complete the 205-private room hospital that involved an investment of $465m.

The facility was destroyed by the EF-5 tornado, which is said to be the deadliest cyclone in the US since 1947.

"The facility was destroyed by the EF-5 tornado, which is said to be the deadliest cyclone in the US since 1947."

McCarthy Building Companies president Scott Wittkop said: "From the first few moments after the tornado tore through Joplin, staff from McCarthy and HKS were on the ground to offer immediate assistance.

"To meet the fast-track Mercy Joplin schedule, McCarthy began construction just three months after starting design."

The new 890,000ft² facility comprises a nine-story hospital patient tower and five-story clinic tower, which houses units such as medical, surgical, critical care, women and children services (labour, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms), neonatal intensive care, behavioural health and rehabilitation.

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The 30,000ft² central utility plant is connected to the hospital by a 450ft underground tunnel, which includes all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

According to McCarthy, the utility plant was built halfway below ground to limit exposure to the elements to protect critical hospital systems. The hospital’s generator system will enable it to operate for 96 hours in the event of a power outage.

Image: Mercy Hospital Joplin. Photo: courtesy of McCarthy Building Companies Inc.