Exterior of the Banner - University Medical Center building

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson Replacement Hospital

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson Replacement Hospital | Tucson, Arizona

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 has made a significant investment to improve the facilities on the Tucson campus and selected the joint-venture team of Sundt | DPR to construct the $306 million improvement project.



Designed by Shepley Bulfinch, GLHN and AEI, the project was constructed utilizing an integrated project delivery approach addressing the following priorities:

  • Replacement of the existing hospital with a new hospital that includes 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 consisted 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 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 a double height mechanical floor, with a mezzanine that houses support spaces. Floors five through nine provide in-patient private bed units yielding 204 beds, and floors one through four 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 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.

Virtual Design And


Not only did the BUMCT team collaborating in a big room environment, they also utilized a cloud-based information exchange to obtain live feedback of the design from schematic design through the construction document phase.

3D modeling was used to coordinate overhead and in-wall conflicts to avoid clashes in the field, and virtual reality tools were used to review virtual mock-ups with the end-users to ensure all stakeholder needs were met. Additionally, laser scanning was used to maintain quality in the field, and to provide as-built information for the design with state-of-the-art technological accuracy.

NAIOP Arizona

Best of NAIOP 2019: Medical Office Project of the Year

Engineering News-Record

ENR Southwest Best Projects (2020)

Building Design+Construction

BD+C Building Team Awards 2020

AZ Big Media

2020 Real Estate Development (RED) Awards

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