Sarasota Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Facility


Sarasota Memorial Hospital


Construction Cost
$38 million

Completion Date
Spring 2017

Project Size
87,500 SF

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Facility


Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s new rehabilitation facility offers a full range of outpatient therapy services and a state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Pavilion, the only of its kind in Sarasota County. The rehab program earned the highest level of accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and an additional certification as a Stroke Specialty provider.

Before making way for the new five-story facility, the project required the demolition of an existing 5-story, 50,000 square foot building and the emergency transformer vault with minimal disruptions to hospital operations. The new facility features taller ceilings to allow for the latest technology including a gait-support system that allows patients to learn to walk again and a convenient surface parking and the patient drop off area are on the ground floor. 

The roof includes a decorative structural steel cantilevered screen wall with mechanical units behind the wall. The structural system is composed of mild reinforced cast-in-place concrete pan formed beam floors, concrete columns and auger-cast pile foundations. The lateral load resisting system is a combination of concrete shear walls and moment frames.

One structural challenge was tying in the new building into the three existing buildings which were all built at different times and were occupied during construction. Another challenge was providing the necessary structural support to tie in the building and the solution was a specialty shoring system to pour 60’ long beams that stabilized the buildings and is designed for a future pedestrian bridge.

The result is a brand-new facility with a variety of leading-edge technology to offer hope, healing, and recovery to the surrounding communities.