“To transform the healthcare experience” was the vision of Banner Health’s new facility, Banner Estrella Medical Center. The 452,000-sq.-ft. facility, located on a 50-acre site, included the ground-up construction of a new full-service, acute care, 172-bed hospital with additional space to add 36 beds for a total of 200 beds that offer emergency, inpatient, diagnostic, obstetric, and cardiac services, including open-heart surgery. Completed November 2004, the aggressive schedule required an innovative, collaborative approach to the hospital building process by finishing the core and shell six to seven months prior to interior design and building out the rest of the hospital. The master plan of the hospital allows for expansion of two additional patient towers to meet the growing demands of the West Valley.
When the project team of Banner Health System’s newest facility set out to build the hospital for the future, they tapped into some of the best minds in healthcare to help co-create a hospital that would not only meet today’s needs but those of 2010 and beyond. Well before Banner Health opened the doors of Banner Estrella Medical Center in January 2005, the 172-bed Greenfield hospital project was already a notable award winner. The project captured “Best of ‘04 Award” for Private Projects over $5 million from Southwest Contractor Magazine, the AIA Arizona Honor Award in the “Distinguished Building” category, and an “Award of Excellence – Built Projects” from Modern Healthcare Magazine, with a leading panel of architects calling it “the closest thing to the hospital of the future.”