Occupied by a same day surgery unit, the Shriver Building of Shore Memorial Hospital was faced with a difficult spatial arrangement. The interior columns on the third floor obstructed the mobility of its occupants and decreased the efficiency of daily functions. Engaged to provide an effective solution, Joseph B. Callaghan, Inc. removed the third floor columns to create a 9,000 square foot unobstructed clear span floor area.
To allow for the difficult removal of load-bearing columns, a grid of new structural steel beams was placed above the roof. From this system, loads supported by the concrete columns were transferred to the existing exterior columns.