The Hospital Bed Expansion project added 72 critical
care capable patient rooms to the University Hospital.
The project consisted of 12 private room nursing units
located on each of floors 3 through 8. The patient rooms
are designed to be critical care capable with a full
bathroom. This design allows the room to be used for
critical care, step-down care, or acute care. This
project also provided much needed bed capacity to the
Hospital while providing the maximum flexibility.
The project was a six story, 46,000 gsf addition to the
North façade of the Hospital’s Central Bed Tower. The
HBE bears on a truss structure constructed over the roof
of the 2nd story Lobby. An expanded mechanical penthouse
was included to house new air handling equipment to serve
the HBE. The project also involved 62,000 gsf of
renovation to create the approximately 12,000 gsf
nursing units on each of the six patient care floors.
The building structure is structural steel and is
designed to maximize the capacity originally built into
the University Hospital. The truss structure between the 2nd
and 3rd Floors allows for an optimal placement of
structural columns in the patient care floors.
The design of the exterior was informed, in large part,
by the design of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center
(ECCC). The University Hospital Bed Towers are oriented
to face this building site. The HBE façade is a glazed
curtain wall system strongly influenced by that used on
the ECCC. On the interior, the patient rooms are oriented
to fully utilize this glazed curtain wall system to
provide wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling glass. This
maximizes the use of natural light in the patient rooms
while taking advantage of the Northern exposure.