Del Webb Hospital recently topped out its $86-million patient tower, located on Sun Health's campus in Sun City West, Ariz., 45 minutes west of Phoenix. The placement of the last structural steel beam brings the project one step closer to its anticipated opening in spring 2009.
Designed by the Los Angeles office of RTKL, the 175,000-sq.-ft. patient tower will expand the facility's bed capacity to 458. The six-story patient tower will feature flexible shell space that can be built out when demand increases. The third and fourth floors will include 32 patient rooms each, and shell space on the fifth and sixth floors will be able to accommodate an additional 64 patient rooms.
The new tower will be rectangular to give it a more modern look and make it immediately recognizable. This new design will be tied with the existing buildings through exterior colors and materials.
The tower is centered on a healing garden that surrounds the drop-off area. The lobby — a two-story glass box with an open staircase to the mezzanine level — was designed to look out over the garden, providing a unique view for those in the lobby and second-floor ICU waiting room. The interiors will include regional materials in the lobby and patient rooms to help tie the facility to the community.
Additional consultants include DPR Construction, general contractor; Vernon Clashin, construction manager; Siska Hennessy Group, mechanical, electrical and plumbing; Caruso Turley Scott Inc., structural engineering; Evans Kuhn and Associates Inc., civil engineering; HKS, site coordination; and Urban Graphite, landscape architecture.
Reading Hospital's new Schools of Health Sciences set to open
Reading Hospital & Medical Center's new $22-million School of Health Sciences is complete.
Built by Skanska USA and designed by IKM Inc., the 62,000-sq.-ft. facility will house the hospital's nursing and medical technology programs, as well as science laboratories, tiered classrooms, computer facilities, student and faculty lounges, and study rooms. It also includes a new state-of-the-art 300-seat auditorium.
“Skanska's partnership with Reading Hospital and Medical Center has been a rewarding one on both ends,” said Edward Szwarc, Skanska's area general manager for the Philadelphia office. “The new school will provide the necessary educational and functional support for the next generation of nursing staff.”
HGA hires Dave Alpert
Dave Alpert has joined the San Francisco office of HGA Architects and Engineers as vice president, principal and office director.
Before joining HGA, Alpert was with the healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., where he was a principal in the strategy, planning and design group of National Facilities Services.
Alpert has a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Additionally, he holds master's and bachelor's degrees in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Roush is new director for NTD's healthcare group
NTD Architecture recently hired Michael Roush as director of operations for the Healthcare Practice Group at the firm's San Diego headquarters. Prior to joining NTD, Roush served as associate principal for HMC and as project manager for NBBJ.
As director of operations, Roush will be responsible for ensuring the optimal utilization of healthcare staff and firm resources, monitoring achievement of project objectives, certifying compliance with project contracts, and implementing corporate policies, programs, procedures, and objectives.
He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1986 where he earned a bachelor of science in architecture and minored in city and regional planning.