Banner—University Medical Center Tucson in Tucson, Ariz., has tapped Shepley Bulfinch (Boston, Houston, and Phoenix) to lead the programming, planning, and designing of a new $400 million, 700,000-square-foot clinical tower.

The academic medical center and level one trauma center, owned by Banner Health, held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new nine-story tower in May.

The new facility will feature a 204 beds, updated and expanded operating rooms with an integrated imaging and interventional floor and all-private patient rooms.

The medical tower will replace an aging portion of the existing hospital and was planned with four large base levels of 100,000 square feet each and five floors of nursing units above. It will include 22 operating rooms and more than 45 imaging and interventional rooms as well as a new main entrance that will connect to the existing building and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

The project team includes GLHN Architects and Engineers (associate architect and engineer firm; Tucson, Ariz.), Sundt | DPR Construction (a joint venture contractor; Tucson), AEI, Affiliated Engineers Inc. (MEP Design Engineer; Phoenix), Martin, White & Griffis (structural design engineer; Tucson), Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. (civil design engineer; Tucson), and Norris Design (landscape architect; Phoenix).