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.

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