The outdated West Tower at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center is being replaced by a new state-of-the-art, 16-story tower at the Banner University Medical Center Phoenix. It will be Banner’s flagship campus and the tallest hospital in Arizona.
Private Bed Strategy
The main driver was to provide Phoenix’s increasing and ageing population a hospital that could accommodate advanced medical facilities and a platform for future expansion. The original West Tower is being replaced by a new $418 million facility that will provide 100% private and single-bed patient rooms. Other portions of the existing hospital are being updated and expanded.
The 37,161 square-meter tower will include four Intensive Care Unit floors, 7 medical-surgical floors, and two shell floors for future build-out. It will be erected on top of a 3-story, 27,871-square-meter emergency department building that is currently under construction and which we are also involved in. This will include two helipads and a new campus emergency and normal power plant.
New and Renovated Buildings for Banner Health
WSP was selected by Banner Health for the design of the building systems of the tower, including mechanical, plumbing, medical gas and electrical systems design.
The design involves a chiller building, supply chain building, medium-voltage power plant, main campus entry/lobby, surgery expansion, patient tower and extensive renovations to the existing hospital. The combined total of the emergency department and tower project accounts for 106,839 square-meter of new and renovated space.
Building systems will include a new 12.47kV normal distribution system, a new 10MW 4.16kV emergency power plant, new heating hot water system and a 1,045-ton chiller and cooling tower expansion. The area available for expansion on the campus contained underground MEP services including Chilled Water, Heating Hot Water, Electric Utility Service lines, Oxygen lines, and sewer lines. These services fed existing areas of the campus so coordination of service relocations and tie-overs was a complex undertaking. Utilizing integrated design, we were able to come up with a plan which allowed for Phase 1 of the Emergency Department to open three months ahead of the original schedule.
An Optimal Design
This project was designed utilizing an Integrated Project Delivery model and collocation. We worked in a single Revit model with the contractors to ensure the highest level of integration and coordination possible.
The surgery expansion portion of this project utilizes occupancy sensors and modulating air valves to provide HVAC setbacks in the ORs during unoccupied times while maintaining required pressure relationships.
To know more about the project, watch the construction camera video.