Mercy, a US healthcare system with facilities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, is set to open a new facility which will replace a hospital destroyed by a tornado in May 2011.
The Joplin, Missouri hospital will facilitate an emergency department, two-storey inpatient wings and patient rest rooms with monitoring features and communication capabilities.
Mercy president and CEO Lynn Britton said: "It’s remarkable that we were able to get this top-notch facility up and running within eight months."
The new structure is 30% stronger than the requirements for Mercy’s old building and the glass is rated to withstand winds of 200mph, according to the hospital’s design and construction team.
Construction began in a factory in California, where workers at Walden Structures engineered and brought together bulky slices of the structure with the steel, concrete and drywall used in site-built construction, the hospital officials said.
Walden Structures founder and owner Charlie Walden said: "We hired about 30% more workers and put in a lot of overtime to meet the schedule."