This was a 104,000 SF inpatient bed and surgery addition project, known throughout construction as Project BRIGHT (Build, Revitalize and Innovate for a Greater Healthcare Tomorrow). The design of the new addition includes 30 private patient rooms, six which are ICU capable. These rooms are acuity-adaptable, an emerging care model in which the patient is cared for in the same room from admission through discharge. The 10 new operating rooms include nine standard and one large 1,150 square foot hybrid operating room providing dual use for surgery as well as interventional imaging. The design capitalized on exterior views and natural light which aids in the healing process. To carry this concept from public to private spaces, a green roof is visible from the second floor patient rooms.

Building a surgery center of this magnitude in 18 months required the design-build team to expedite the project timeline by releasing the final design documents in six phases also known as “fast-tracking”, which reduced the overall project timeline by 6 months. The new surgical tower tied into six existing floors of the main hospital, which were sealed airtight from floor to deck. At each floor, temporary partitions were built with installed HEPA filters to ensure negative air pressure was maintained. Additionally, windows were carved into the walls to allow for natural light during construction. Due to the team’s live cost analysis and constant monitoring of activities, the project was completed under the original GMP.