DMC Stat Lab (Phase 1) / Blood Bank / Frozen Section / Grossing Lab (Phase A)

The initial phase of DMC’s Surgical Renovation / Central Lab project consisted of relocating the existing Molecular Genetics Laboratory to Hutzel Hospital. In addition, concurrent work consisted of relocating several administrative offices that were adjacent to the Molecular Lab to the eighth floor of Harper Professional Office Building.  This created space for the construction of the new Stat Laboratory. The former location of the Stat Lab was utilized for the hospital’s expanded Pre-Op, PACU, Anesthesia and Physician’s Lounge.

In addition to the new Stat Laboratory, a new Blood Bank and the Frozen Section / Grossing Laboratory were upgraded within adjacent areas to the Stat Lab to make way for new Operating Suites that would be constructed in subsequent phases of the master project.

Project challenges included the coordination of simultaneous renovations of adjacent and non-adjacent areas of the hospital, involving selective demolition, debris management, and the construction of temporary protection to active egress and material flow corridors in a busy hospital environment. There were significant challenges associated with maintaining the active operation of critical electrical and mechanical systems to surgical and patient care areas. As new components were installed, existing conduit, wiring, piping and ductwork were left in place until the new systems came on line, then removed. Exact planning and management of the above ceiling interspatial areas was critical to the project’s success.

Mechanical and electrical design was coordinated between the project’s design-assist trade contractors, Roncelli, DMC, and the project A/E.

Project Location:

Harper University Hospital, Detroit, Michigan


55,000 SF Remodel


Central Lab
Blood Bank


Detroit Medical Center
Harper University Hospital
Detroit, MI


HKS Architects, Northville, MI & Hamilton Anderson Associates, Detroit, MI