Planning for the new East Tower at University Medical Center began after a period of substantial growth in the region. PSC developed a Master Plan and the site was selected adjacent to the original hospital and Medical Office Plaza. PSC’s preliminary design planning included lean processes for staff efficiency, wayfinding for patients and their families to identify areas of the hospital, and identifying long-term goals for the hospital.

The four-story, 179,000 square foot project connects to the existing building via two corridors on the first and second floors. Labor and delivery is the primary function of the first two stories which include three Surgery/C-section rooms, 17 LDR Rooms, a 41-bay Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, two Well-Baby Nurseries, 44 Post-Partum Patient rooms, Classrooms and a Fertility Suite specifically designed for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures. The third and fourth floors are designated as shell space for future expansion.

The HVAC consists of a double duct variable air volume system on each of the floors. The fifth floor penthouse is the mechanical space for the facility. The two, 83,000 CFM air handling units supply hot and cold air to the first two floors, with space and capacity to add two future air handlers for the third and fourth floor in the future. Hot water is provided by natural, gas-fired, modulating boilers and chilled water is provided by two air-cooled, packaged chillers which are mounted on the roof. Additionally, there is space for two more chillers for the third and fourth floor projects.