Construction has begun on the new $1-billion Royal Children's Hospital in Australia. The facility will be Australia's first five-star Green Star hospital. The 1.3-million-sq.-ft. children's hospital will be built on a greenfield park land site. It will boast 272 inpatient beds, 81 outpatient beds and 30 emergency cubicles. A 15-room surgery suite is also part of the project.
“The hospital is designed to be a world-class facility, offering the latest in quality care in a healing environment that is responsive to the needs of children, their families and staff,” said Ronald W. Dennis, principal and director of HKS's Children's Health Facility Design. “Interactive playgrounds, a two-story coral reef aquarium, a Scienceworks wonders of science display, a bean bag theater showing the latest movies and a star-gazing Starlight Room are a few of the unique positive distractions for kids.”
The project team includes funds and asset manager Babcock & Brown; Bovis Lend Lease; facilities manager Spotless Group; and three architectural firms—Billard Leece, Bates Smart and HKS.
The facility's design is based on family-centered care. More than 85 percent of the rooms will be single-bed rooms, providing privacy for patients and their families. “Rooms will be designed to feel more like home with state-of-the-art entertainment systems, access to lighting controls, and a place to put personal belongings,” said Dennis. “Storage areas and stay-over areas are also designed for family members.”
Retreat, gathering areas and outdoor balconies are on each floor. In addition, the new hospital will house a supermarket and a gymnasium. A new Family Resource Center is located nearby to support the families with private cubicles, laundry areas, a lounge and kitchen, personal care suites and an outside courtyard.
The project, which broke ground in December 2007, is scheduled to open in 2011.
$122-million Patient Tower opens at St. Alphonsus Regional
The new 9-story, 400,000-sq.-ft. Central Patient Tower on the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center campus in Boise, Idaho, recently opened. First, the 22-bed Intensive Care Unit and the fourth-floor Medical/Surgical units will be occupied. By year's end, patients will occupy the fifth, eighth and ninth floors.
“This was an extremely challenging project to construct a new patient tower between two active patient towers, and the project team did a good job of minimizing impact to our operations,” said Darrell Fugate, director, facility services for the medical center.
In addition to 160 new beds, the new tower houses 16 operating rooms, a 32-bed ICU and 288 private patient rooms. Green construction technologies and materials were used in the new facility, including recycled and recyclable carpeting covers; double-paned windows that carry a low-E rating; new rooftop chillers that use low impact refrigerants; and lighting and plumbing that are sensor-operated.
McCarthy Building Co. served as the construction manager for the project, and they also renovated 60,000 sq. ft. of existing North Tower space to create a new Cancer Care Center and completed the construction of a new two-story, 40,000-sq.-ft. Family Maternity Center adjacent to the Central Tower addition. HDR was the project designer.
$36.4-million North Dallas Hospital will offer range of services
Ground has been broken on the $36.4-million Forest Park Medical Center in North Dallas, Texas, a full-scale medical/surgical hospital. The 66,100-sq.-ft., two-story hospital will be built on the northeast corner of Central Expressway and Forest Lane. It will have 26 beds and eight operating suites.
The hospital will offer bariatrics, spine care, gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pain management, general surgery, plastic surgery and craniofacial and reconstructive surgery when it opens in early-to-mid 2009. A large, multi-specialty group of dedicated Dallas-Fort Worth area physicians is developing the hospital; the design was completed by Ascension Group Architects. Forest Park's program manager is The Staubach Co. Southwest Inc. The Richardson, Texas, office of Adolfson & Peterson Construction is the project's general contractor.
RTKL promotes Brad T. Barker to executive VP
RTKL has promoted Brad T. Barker to executive vice president. Barker, who joined RTKL in 2000, leads the firm's Healthcare and Health Science Practice Group.
Prior to joining RTKL, Barker served as president and CEO of FDS International, which was acquired by RTKL in 2000. Today, he oversees a staff of more than 250 planning and design professionals who serve the healthcare and research industries around the globe.
Barker received a bachelor's degree in environmental design from Ball State University in 1978, as well as a second bachelor's degree in Architecture from the same university in 1980.
NAC|Architecture announces promotions
Mark McMicheal has been promoted to associate principal at NAC|Architecture. He applies his expertise to K-12, higher-education, healthcare, advanced-technology and civic facilities. McMicheal graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.
Dan Jardine has been promoted to senior associate at the firm. He is currently serving as project manager for the new Group Health Bellevue Medical Center and the Highline Medical Center Northwest addition. Jardine earned a bachelor of arts in Architecture degree from the University of Washington.
David M. Hullinger has returned to Ellerbe Becket as construction services region manager. He is responsible for all pre-construction and construction efforts for Ellerbe Becket's Kansas City office.
He most recently worked as director of construction for Opus in Phoenix and the surrounding southwestern states. From 1983 to 2004 he worked for Ellerbe Becket, rising through the ranks to senior project manager in the firm's Minneapolis office.
Hullinger holds a bachelor of science degree in construction engineering from Iowa State University. HBI
Construction underway on Phoenix Cancer Treatment Center of America
Construction is underway on the new Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, Ariz. Designed by the Tulsa, Okla.-based office of PSA-Dewberry, the 210,000-sq.-ft. hospital reflects the latest concepts in specialized care facilities.
The Goodyear facility will build feature universal rooms or multi-organized service units, adding flexibility to the CTCA integrated-care model to better meet each patient's needs.
“We've listened closely to the suggestions of our patients,” says Elizabeth Acord, director of lean operations for CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center. “With the universal room configuration, we will be able to change our inpatient rooms to meet the intensity of care needs for each patient. We will be able to efficiently transition from acute care to intensive care within the room and adjust the staffing levels accordingly.
Many of the new design features include a more streamlined reception and clinical configuration and larger guest rooms in the residential portion of the building. These features were reviewed carefully with focus groups that included patients and their families. “We held a number of focus groups and the feedback was extremely helpful to our efforts to enhance the family-focused care model,” says David L. Huey, project manager and lead designer for the PSA-Dewberry team. Design and construction team members also include the Stonebridge Group of Tulsa for owner's representation; Tempe, Arizona-based Architectural Nexus; Tulsa-based Wallace Engineering for structural engineering; Flynt and Kallenberger of Tulsa for mechanical/electrical engineering; Evans Kuhn and Associates of Phoenix for site/civil engineering; and Okland Construction of Tempe for construction management.
CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center will open in early 2009.
The Editorial Advisory Board
John Baldwin, vice president facilities, planning & development, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Brad Barker, senior vice president, RTKL, Inc., Dallas.
James Scott Brew, principal architect, Rocky Mountain Institute, Boulder, Colo.
Kip Edwards, system vice president, design and construction, Banner Health, Phoenix, Ariz.
Sanjiv Gokhale, professor and director of construction management program, Vanderbilt University, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Gormley, vice president, Fluor Healthcare, Franklin, Tenn.
Jay Hornung, vice president design & construction, MedCath, Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
Kenneth Liu, principal, Lee, Burkhart, Liu, Marina del Rey, Calif.
Robert Lundeen, healthcare program coordinator, Carter-Burgess, Dallas.
Steve Mynsberge, senior vice president, healthcare services, McCarthy Building Companies, Newport Beach, Calif.
Jerry Nieman, senior vice president, Russell Construction, Davenport, Iowa.
Bob Nowlan, vice president, Miami Children's Hospital, Miami.
Jarrad Pitts, manager - property & construction, Metro Health, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Joe Pyatek, Pyatek Architect, LLC—Healthcare Planning & Design Consulting, Manchester, Mo.
Kim Ryan, COO, Tulane University Hospital & Clinic, New Orleans, La.
Kim E. Shinn, director of sustainable design, TLC Engineering, Brentwood, Tenn.
Joseph G. Sprague, senior vice president and director of health facilities, HKS Inc., Dallas.
Kenneth Sutherland, vice president of construction & design, Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas.
Contractor Listing Update
Bovis Lend Lease should have been included in the December/January issue's Top Healthcare Contractor Report.
Their listing is as follows:
Bovis Lend Lease
200 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10166
Contact: Terry Brantley, Executive Vice President
Year established: 1917
No. of employees: 3300
Total healthcare billings in 2007: $637.6 million
Total healthcare square footage in 2007: 5,079,663
Number of healthcare projects completed in 2007: 44
Healthcare clients: HCA, Triad Hospitals, Inc., Community Health Systems, Health First, Inc., New York Presbyterian Hospital, Baycare Health Systems, Baptist Health South Florida, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Duke University Medical Center.Healthcare Building Ideas 2008 February-March;4(3):8-11