This project included 95,000 sq. ft. of vertical expansion, new construction, and interior renovation work on the St. David’s North Austin Medical Center campus. It included four phases that ran concurrently over the course of the project in different areas of the hospital. The team worked directly with operations and facility staff in order to maintain patient care during the course of the construction project. 

Phases of the project included the following:

  • adding a 32,000-sq.-ft. antepartum space over existing radiology;
  • a 20,000-sq.-ft. vertical expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU);
  • a 25,000-sq.-ft. surgery shell addition to the existing building connecting the women’s center tower to the operating rooms and existing hospital core; and
  • 20,000 sq. ft. of renovations to the pediatric emergency department and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). 

The project involved the vertical expansion of an existing hospital. The expansion upward took place all over the hospital and specifically on top of some very sensitive areas including radiology. All of the work was completed on a highly accelerated, 12-month schedule and often directly in the middle of the most sensitive areas of patient care, including around newborns and critically ill babies.

The $34 million project expanded and renovated portions of the medical center that DPR also constructed a few years earlier. That initial $83 million, 175,000-sq.-ft. women’s center expansion project, completed by DPR in 2009, helped catapult St. David’s North Austin Medical Center to its current position as the largest women’s center in Central Texas, according to its Chief Operating Officer, Sheri Dube. But continued growth and increased patient demand necessitated a major expansion of the facility just five years later. 

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