DPR Construction's Special Services Group (SSG) team, along with architect Shepley Bulfinch, completed a hybrid operating room (OR) renovation project for the University of Arizona’s University Medical Center – University Campus (UAMC) in Tucson. The project was a $9.1 million, 22,000-sq.-ft. hybrid OR modernization and renovation. The work area was directly above sterile processing and shared a sterile corridor next to 16 existing and fully functioning ORs.
Project scope included:
- a pre-op ready room (PRR) with 18 patient bays and four pediatric isolation rooms;
- a positive pressure room for special procedures;
- anesthesia work room and library;
- surgery waiting room;
- additional lab space;
- renovations to the existing post-anesthesia care unit (PACU);
- major utility upgrades including a new 10,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) air handling unit;
- new uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system with rotary flywheel; and
- a dedicated exhaust system for the new isolation rooms, among other things.
In addition to the technical complexity that goes along with constructing a new hybrid OR and its related infrastructure, the project team encountered and overcame numerous other hurdles. Among them: extensive hidden conditions and added scope, technology-driven late design changes, and wide-ranging logistical issues. The team overcame these challenges through creative problem solving, teamwork, self-perform work, extensive preplanning and a high degree of communication.
Read more about the project in the extended case study.