Grand Strand Health breaks ground on new medical office building

"Tilt-up" building to bring additional services to Grand Strand Medical Center campus

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Grand Strand Health is expanding it’s services in Myrtle Beach.

Construction has begun on a brand new facility that’ll be home to medical offices to help treat more patients.

It’s a 95,000 square foot, 5-story facility being built on the campus of Grand Strand Medical Center. The new facility will house physician offices for services including heart and vascular care, general surgery, and primary care.

This building will be the first of its size in South Carolina to be constructed using the “tilt up” method. That means each concrete wall panel is formed and poured flat on the ground, then gets “tilted” in place. A crane weighing 700,000 pounds is used to install each panel weighing roughly 160,000 pounds each.

Mashburn Construction CEO Paul Mashburn said this kind of construction has major advantages.

“Standing up a building like that, and that tall, you can have the frame of the building up in a matter of a few months versus six to eight months in conventional-type construction,” said Mashburn.

Construction is also being done on a separate building that will house the Graduate Medical Education team which runs a residency program. This will help free up space inside the hospital, which is currently a 369-bed facility. Grand Strand Health CEO Mark Sims says it’s all in an effort to expand departments to be able to better support patients.

“It’s so important for us as we continue to grow per the needs of what’s going on here in Myrtle Beach, with the Grand Strand and surrounding communities. It’s very important that we have the capability to take care of patients and with that capability means space. We need to be able to have space to take care of people," said Sims.

The anticipated completion date for the facility is December of this year.

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