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Hickory Construction Develops New Eye Surgery Center of Knoxville




Patient needs come first when designing and constructing medical facilities. For Hickory Construction, this personalized attention to detail was essential in its partnership with the Eye Surgery Center of Knoxville during the development of its newest facility. Alcoa-based general contractor Hickory Construction worked seamlessly with its team to build a contemporary facility that caters to the unique needs of each patient.

Located on Dannaher Drive in Powell, TN, the Eye Surgery Center was designed by was designed by UrbanARCH Architecture. The exterior of the building features a modern design achieved via the use of mixed materials including standing seam metal, Trex siding, brick and Hardie panels. The interior welcomes visitors with an open layout, as well as three surgical suites and a spacious recovery area with room for 10 patients.

One specific challenge Hickory Construction faced during construction was the installation of the center’s Heating and Air Conditioning System. “Being that the doctors deal with eyes, getting the HVAC system right was crucial,” explains Chris Duncan, Vice President of Hickory’s Commercial Operations. Humidity is essential during surgery as it keeps eyes from drying out. With an almost 70% humidity rate, the surgical suites feature the optimized levels doctors and patients need.

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