As you may already know, our therapy pool was granted IDPH occupancy last week and occupancy from the city today. I can’t express how pleased I am with the entire team in accomplishing this goal. It was definitely a challenge in designing this pool after construction had commenced and ultimately making it a reality. Although a lot was out of our control, I knew the one constant lied within the construction team in that the design would be implemented in a timely fashion once the drawings were issued and the state provided approval.
I can’t emphasize enough how critical your on-site personnel were in making the entire Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center project a great success. Along with the countless number of outstanding P.J. Hoerr laborers and carpenters that worked on the project, there are two individuals I feel in particular that can be attributed to this; Troy Wertz and Chris Atterberg.
Troy Wertz is one of the most detail oriented superintendents I have ever worked with and laid a great foundation (both literally and figuratively) for Chris Atterberg once he transitioned to another project. We never had to ask Troy twice to take care of an issue or follow up on something. He always was proactive and resourceful in addressing unforeseen issues that arose with the entire project team including the architect and engineer. Troy never missed a deadline he was given or looked for an out when a constrained schedule was provided. Even after Troy was no longer on the project, he was a great resource to have if a question came up that no one else could answer. Troy exemplifies everything we expect in a superintendent at Advocate Health Care. He was very personable, professional, polite, and easy to work with throughout the entire project. I hope at some point in the future I have the pleasure of working with Troy again.
I was also incredibly impressed with Troy’s successor, Chris Atterberg. Chris displayed maturity, expertise, and leadership beyond his years and provided a seamless transition once Troy left. Chris had the task of working in an occupied environment and definitely stepped up to the challenge. His experience in health care certainly showed and he was able to make sure we were operating within our interim life safety and infection control policies at all times. Chris acted as a great ambassador between the construction team and the occupants of the building. Ultimately, he made sure our building was suitable for occupancy back in August and did the same for our therapy pool just recently. I hope Chris is afforded the opportunity to fulfill the capacity of a superintendent on future projects for other clients as he did for us. He should be considered a major asset to P.J. Hoerr and I think he has some incredible potential in building client relationships for your organization.
I sincerely appreciate all of the hard work by all of the parties involved with this projects. This is something everyone involved should be proud of. Again, thanks to your entire team for a job well done!
Construction Project Manager
Planning, Design, and Construction
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
1304 Franklin Ave.
Normal, IL 61761