CPPI Completes New Kitchen and Central Energy Plant at Orange Park Medical Center

August 13, 2020

Orange Park, Fla. – Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) recently completed the Kitchen and Central Energy Plant (CEP) renovation and expansion at Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC), an HCA Healthcare facility in Orange Park, a suburb of Jacksonville, Fla.

With a full cafeteria and kitchen remodel, the existing kitchen square footage was doubled, and all new equipment was installed. The facility features new support offices, a new loading dock, an expanded indoor dining room, and a new outdoor dining space to serve the expanding campus and its visitors.

The cafeteria has been named The Orange Grove by OPMC employees and will serve diabetic, gluten free, and vegetarian options. It will also offer a “you choose” style of menu for patients. Some limitations in the way OPMC staff can display and serve food at the facility will remain in place as the hospital continues to follow COVID-19 precautions. Once the restrictions are lifted, they plan to introduce more options such as deli items, grilled selections, soft serve ice cream, a pizza oven, and salad bar, according to a news release from the medical center.

“We’re excited to provide this beautiful space for visitors and staff to step away and relax,” OPMC Food and Nutrition Services Director Leann John said in the release.

The CEP renovation included the expansion of the existing boiler room, chiller room, pump room, and cooling tower yard. A new Plant Operations office building and generator enclosure yard were also added. The existing equipment was removed and replaced with new electrical panels, three new chillers, eight new condenser and chilled water pumps, two new double-cell cooling towers, and all new piping. Additionally, one new boiler was installed to provide added capacity to the existing two boilers. The replacement and increased capacity of these major plant systems will allow the facility to maintain its cooling capabilities as it expands.

In addition to the kitchen and CEP projects, CPPI is building a multi-phased Bed Tower Expansion project that will add 101,435 square-feet and four floors over the top of the medical center’s existing emergency department. Phase 1, which opened in May, consists of a new 5,800 square foot space featuring patient registration, outpatient testing, imaging services, and more than 2,000 square feet of shell space now ready for any future needs.

This will give OPMC a total of five stories once complete. The second and third floors will provide shell space for future build-out opportunities while the fourth and fifth floors will each have 24 private rooms for medical and surgical patients.

This expansion is predicted to create about 100 new jobs and bring the hospital’s total number of licensed beds to 365, according to The Florida Times-Union. The final phases of the project are slated for completion in late 2020.

“Renovating and expanding any hospital’s food service and Central Energy Plant can be challenging. I’m incredibly proud of the CPPI team and our trade partners. With great care and excellence, they created a new, welcoming space for staff and visitors while providing more efficient systems to better serve Orange Park Medical Center,” said CPPI Vice President/Regional Manager Ryan Taylor.

CPPI served as the construction manager on all projects, while TMPartners, PLLC served as the architect.


Ranked one of Engineering News-Record’s 2020 “Top Contractors,” Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) is one of the Southeast’s largest privately held construction firms. Recognized as a powerhouse of innovation, sustainability, craftsmanship and expertise, CPPI performs a wide range of design-build, construction management and general contracting services, including project planning and modeling, budget estimating and cost management, project scheduling and construction.