This month's Mug Shot is brought to you by Jason Putnal, who, occasionally accompanied by Rachel McKinley, is travelling periodically to Tampa for site observations during construction on an addition to the North Tampa Behavioral Hospital. (Our colleagues, including Jason Casteel and Josh Rhodes from Deangelis Diamond, are the contractors on this project.) This mug was purchased in the airport, where Jason often grabs a Starbucks for the trip back to Nashville.
Jason says it takes a few hits of caffeine to navigate the wetlands in Tampa, Florida! Actually, it's the regulations related to building in a protected area that can create coffee-worthy challenges. But we've worked in nearly every state in the U.S. and have learned to approach with gusto the unique regulations that accompany each project. The North Tampa Behavioral Hospital project in Wesley Chapel required us to gain approval from six different agencies--from the Army Corps of Engineers to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection-- before the first shovel hit the ground. We are currently working on an addition to the original 75-bed behavioral health hospital designed back in 2012 by David Brown and Stephanie Pielich. The addition of 49 beds will house veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental disorders.
It probably comes as no surprise that at the recent topping-out party celebrating the placement of the last piece of steel in the building, the tradition of placing a tree at the highest point of the building was observed using a palm tree. It might also be noted that iced coffee is the most refreshing way to get a needed caffeine boost on a "muggy" Florida day!