Banner Health recently acquired the University of Arizona Health Network to form Banner University Medical Center (BUMC), with campuses in both Phoenix and Tucson.

BUMC is making a significant investment to improve the facilities on the Tucson campus, and has selected the joint-venture team of Sundt | DPR to construct the $275 million improvement project. Designed by Shepley Bulfinch, GLHN and AEI, the project will be constructed utilizing an integrated project delivery approach addressing the following priorities:

  • Replacement of the existing hospital with a new hospital that will include new surgery and imaging departments
  • Creation of an improved obstetrical services unit
  • Expansion of the observation unit
  • Improvement of the patient throughput in the ED intake area
  • Improvement of the support space
  • Improvements to the campus image, visibility and wayfinding

Based upon the conceptual planning and design work completed, the project consists of four major components:

  • Make-Ready Package – Site work, modular building protection, building and site demolition, utility relocations, underground retention/detention and temporary structures.
  • New 11-story Hospital Building – Floors 10 and 11 will be shelled and designed/bid as an add alternate, Floors 1-3 of the building will contain the primary public spaces and the majority of the diagnostic and treatment departments including 22 operating rooms and 25 imaging modalities, Floor 4 is proposed as a mechanical floor, double height with a mezzanine that will house support spaces, Floors 5 through 11 will provide in-patient private bed units yielding 240 beds, and bridge connections to the existing hospital through Diamond Children’s Medical Center (DCMC).
  • DCMC Expanded Lobby – Expansion of the existing lobby to two stories with connections to the adjacent parking structure, and reconfiguration of the lobby and entry to provide easy access to the clinic space.
  • Multiple Renovations – Renovation of DCMC OB services, bridge connectors to the new building, renovation of the North Expansion Project (NEP) and 201 Building for administrative and conference space, HIMS, I/T, clinical lab, an observation unit and outpatient clinics.

BIM Features

BIM tools will be utilized to coordinate 3D models of the building in real time, and a cloud-based information exchange system will be used to share drawings, sketches and large amounts of data amongst the team. Additionally, portions of the existing facility will be laser scanned to help inform the design of the new tower with state-of-the-art technological accuracy.


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