This state-of-the-art healthcare facility consists of a four-story, 200,000-square-foot hospital wing connected to an existing tower on the first and fourth floors. Featuring sophisticated technologies and innovations in patient-centered care, the new, 120-bed patient tower houses private and semi/private rooms, 14 operating rooms with “smart” surgical suites, a spacious cafeteria, materials management, pharmacy and areas for support staff.
The project also entailed construction of a 20,000-square-foot central utility plant, a 215-car parking structure expansion and rerouting of major site utilities on an active medical campus. Built to replace a seismically noncompliant tower, the Northwest Tower was designed to meet California’s strict seismic requirements for both the structure as well as its contents.
In keeping with the social sustainability goals of the project, the new tower incorporates many environmentally sustainable features such as an energy efficient building envelope, which incorporates high performance window glazing, sunshading and well-insulated walls and roof. Mechanical systems also improve energy efficiency by utilizing a 100 percent outside air system with heat recovery that yields superior indoor air quality and infection control.
The St. Jude Medical Center Northwest Tower project benefitted from the latest construction technology. BIM 3D, 4D and 5D were successfully used to tie the model to constructability, cost and schedule.