Banner Health recently acquired the University of Arizona Health Network to form Banner — University Medical Center (UMC), with campuses in both Phoenix and Tucson. Banner — UMC Tucson 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 $306 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, central sterile processing, and imaging departments
  • Creation of a new bed tower inclusive of 204 new patient beds supporting the med-surg, intensive care unit, and women and infant services
  • New kitchen and dining area
  • Improvement of the patient throughput in the emergency department 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 five major components:

Make-Ready Package – Site work, modular building protection, building and site demolition, utility relocations, underground retention/detention and temporary structures. Includes four acres of parking and site development additions with 730 new surface parking spaces.

New 9-story Hospital Building – Floors one-three of the building will contain the primary public spaces and the majority of the diagnostic and treatment departments including 19 operating rooms and 21 imaging modalities. The fourth floor is proposed as a double height mechanical floor, with a mezzanine that will house support spaces. Floors five through nine will provide in-patient private bed units yielding 204 beds, and floors one through four will include bridge connections to the existing hospital through Diamond Children’s Medical Center (DCMC).

Central Utility Plant – New 18,600-sq.-ft. two-story central plant includes six boilers, two dual-cell cooling towers, and four chillers, and is equipped to independently feed the new hospital tower as currently designed, with room for future expansions.

Pavilion Building Entrance – New one-story expansion the hospital providing a new main entrance, check-in, registration and hospital chapel.

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

Not only is the BUMCT team collaborating in a big room environment, they are also utilizing a cloud-based information exchange to obtain live feedback of the design from schematic design through to the construction document phase. 3D modeling is being used to coordinate overhead and in-wall conflicts to avoid clashes in the field, and virtual reality tools are being employed to review virtual mock-ups with the end-users to ensure all stakeholder needs are met. Additionally, laser scanning is used to maintain quality in the field, and provide as-built information for the design with state-of-the-art technological accuracy.


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