University Health System, University Hospital Sky Tower
San Antonio, Texas
Square Footage: 1,027,000
In an effort to “right size” University Hospital and provide the appropriate mix of diagnostic and treatment services, the University Health System of San Antonio approved design and planning for the construction of a new trauma tower at University Hospital. In conjunction with Garza/Bomberger & Associates and RVK Architects, we won the design competition for the design and planning for the $625 million (construction cost) medical center expansion that includes additional beds, an expanded emergency center, and surgical capacity. The overall project cost, including equipment, furniture, IT, and fees, totaled approximately $816 million. The tower includes 84 emergency center treatment positions, of which 10 are trauma rooms. Four hundred twenty new acuity-adaptable patient rooms and 35 operating rooms (two shelled for a future interoperative MR) are also included in the design.
Our design includes larger patient rooms and plenty of natural light. Design of the interior spaces and functional layout moves staff and patients in an efficient manner. The new hospital is twice as big as the old one, at about 2 million square feet inclusive of two existing towers that will be refurbished and incorporated into the design. The scope of work for the project includes project definition, program verification, physical master facility plan, design documentation and construction administration. The project was “hyper tracked” in multiple document packages and in overlapping phases, allowing the existing hospital to remain fully operational and accessible during all segments of work.