DPR completed a much anticipated expansion to Mercy General Hospital. Major features included a Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Catheterization Center, Cardiopulmonary Conditioning Center, and Chapel and Healing Garden.Throughout preconstruction, the project team successfully collaborated and resolved logistical complexities associated with an extremely tight site, design redirection and modifications to the project.
The centerpiece of the project was the Alex G. Spanos Heart and Vascular Center, a 121,130-sq.-ft., four-story (plus basement) building designed to enhance Mercy General's cardiac and heart program. Also included was the complete remodel of the existing hospital's North Wing and additional work on the “Get Ready” projects.
The new building design features craftsman-style architecture with brick exterior skin and cultured stone accents. Additional elements include a unique “healing garden” and interior features designed to promote a healing atmosphere, including extensive use of natural lighting and other elements that reduce noise and enhance patient safety. Stained glass from an existing chapel was removed and reused in a new chapel within the Heart Center.
Sensitive to the concerns of neighbors and the existing operational facility, the team designed a foundation system that used drilled auger cast-in-place piles rather than driven piles, for a less disruptive installation.
Due to the tight project site, the team faced logistical challenges in tying the new heart center into the existing Medical Office Building via an underground tunnel, all while maintaining complete patient access and full operation of the existing facility.
The finished product reflected a true team effort and delivered an architecturally stunning, state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the growing healthcare needs of the Sacramento area for years ahead.