The 700,000-sq.-ft. Banner — University Medical Center Phoenix Emergency Department and Patient Tower Expansion project includes a three-story podium that accommodates the emergency department relocation, new observation space on the first floor and surgery expansion and administration on the second floor. A 13-story patient tower was built on top of this podium and houses 256 patient beds, as well as two shell floors for future build-out. This project also included multiple ‘make ready’ phases, including demolition of an existing vacant medical office building to make room for a new staff parking structure, followed by demolition of the existing staff parking structure. All of these phases required intensive relocation of all existing hospital utilities, as well as the addition of a new generator building.
Project team members from Banner Health, DPR Construction, HKS Architects, Inc. and multiple trade partners worked collaboratively in a single Big Room space on site. This cohabitation allowed the team to leverage one another's unique expertise in real time to work through challenges quickly and explore out-of-the-box problem solving. The Big Room environment supported millions of dollars in project savings. The team unanimously agreed that the success of this project was directly tied with this integrated daily work model.