Case Study

St. Mary’s Healthcare System

St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital

St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital’s history reaches back to 1950 when baseball superstar Ty Cobb donated $100,000 for the construction of a modern hospital to serve his hometown and the surrounding rural northeast Georgia area. Nicknamed “the hospital built with a bat,” this original center was later superseded by the construction of Ty Cobb Medical Center, a state-of-the-art facility acquired and renamed St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital not long after its completion.

Built in Lavonia, Georgia, this 155,000-square-foot facility offers medical services from cancer care, audiology, and gastroenterology to sleep therapy, wellness, and general practice. Salas O’Brien performed commissioning services for the building’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems, including a four-pipe HVAC system with operating room smoke exhaust and normal plus emergency power for lighting, plumbing, and life safety systems. Our team also provided tenant fit-up design for both the main building and nine medical offices adjacent to it.


Lavonia, Georgia

Construction Cost:
$40 Million

Project Size:
155,000 Square Feet
26,100 Square Feet (offices)

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection Tenant Fit-Up Design (Offices); Building Commissioning Services (Hospital)