Tucson, Arizona, June 4, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Banner Health has selected local contractor Sundt Construction Inc. and partner DPR Construction to construct a new, 11-story tower that will replace the 40-year-old portion of the hospital at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. 

Pending zoning approvals, Sundt I DPR, A Joint Venture, will begin preparing the site and utilities late this year, with construction starting in early 2016. The facility is expected to open in 2019. 

Banner’s $400 million construction project at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson represents a much-needed enhancement to one of the nation’s top academic medical centers and Southern Arizona’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. The 689,000-square-foot patient tower will be configured and sized for current and future health-care technology, with 336 private patient rooms, 22 new operating rooms, imaging suites and public spaces. As previously announced, architects for the new tower are Shepley Bullfinch of Phoenix and GLHN Architects and Engineers Inc. of Tucson.


The tower will open with 240 private rooms along with shelled space on the top two floors to accommodate 96 beds in the future, depending on community need.  This will raise the total bed count slightly from its current 479 to 489 licensed beds in 2019, because beds in the original hospital building will close at that time. 

In addition to constructing the new patient tower, Sundt I DPR have been retained to renovate two floors and the lobby of Diamond Children’s, now called Banner Children’s¬ – Diamond Children’s Medical Center. They also will remodel the original hospital building, which opened in 1971 as “University Hospital,” for non-patient-care uses such as administrative functions. 

“Banner’s decision to select this joint venture team was based on its combined strengths: Sundt’s innovative approach to technical construction and deep roots in the community, and DPR’s expertise as the nation’s No. 1 health-care builder,” said Kip Edwards, vice president, Development and Construction for Banner Health.  “Once completed, this facility will help Banner Health fulfill its mission in Southern Arizona to improve lives through excellent patient care.”

“We believe in Banner Health’s mission and its relentless drive and passion in achieving the highest quality and function at the lowest cost,” said Ryan Abbott, Sundt’s Southwest business development manager. “We’ve vowed to provide the construction innovation, collaboration and productivity to create an environment that supports their transformation of sickcare into healthcare.”

“Banner Health’s ‘high tech, high touch’ approach to provide innovative health care throughout Arizona is ambitious and a commitment Sundt I DPR Joint Venture will help them meet,” said Dave Elrod, regional manager of Arizona for DPR Construction. “Our team unites each company’s individual ideas and experiences, while continually streamlining processes and developing new methodology and technology for building one-of-a-kind health-care projects throughout Arizona.”  

Sundt has been building in Tucson since 1929. The Banner ¬– University Medical Center Tucson project will be the seventh joint venture of Sundt and DPR, which began partnering in 2002. Among their accomplishments are the 265,000-square-foot Bioscience Partnership Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and the 10-story Biosciences Partnership Building, also in Phoenix.

Banner Health, an Arizona-based nonprofit organization with hospitals in seven states, acquired Banner – University Medical Center Tucson this spring in a merger with the University of Arizona Health Network. At the same time, Banner Health entered into a 30-year Academic Affiliation Agreement with the University of Arizona to serve as the primary clinical partner to the UA Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix. 

About Banner – University Medical Center 
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Banner Children’s – Diamond Children's Medical Center and many clinics. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit http://www.BannerHealth.com/UniversityTucson or http://www.bannerhealth.com/UniversitySouth 

About Sundt Construction Inc.
Sundt Construction Inc. is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the firm is known nationally for its innovative approach to construction services. Sundt currently is ranked the 62nd largest construction company in the United States by ENR, the industry’s principal trade magazine. 

About DPR Construction
DPR Construction is a unique technical builder with a passion for results. Ranked the No. 1 Healthcare Builder in the United States by Modern Healthcare magazine, they are a national commercial contractor and construction manager who has grown with their customers by delivering measurably more value. DPR is a company of builders -- building great projects, great teams, and great value.