Many hospitals are designed for future expansion in anticipation of the ever-changing needs of patient populations. However, what happens when additional floors are needed to meet the needs of a community, and the only option is to build up upon an existing footprint? A vertical expansion to an operating hospital is among the most complex types of health care construction. Learn how VCU Health Children's Hospital of Richmond and Banner Desert Medical Center Women's Tower Expansion design and construction teams coordinated with owners and stakeholders to combine existing facilities with new construction, change existing building occupancy ratings in occupied facilities, and create strategies to communicate the sequence of work to mitigate the impact on hospital operations. All this while keeping staff focused on what they do best: providing exceptional care for patients.
Use tools and techniques for sequencing work, elevatoring and deliveries so hospitals can remain fully operational during all phases of a project.
Recognize areas of concern in occupancy codes when upgrading to comply with hospital requirements in an active facility.
Work with the unique challenges of hospital vertical expansions, including detailing the structure to accommodate future expansion, and helping the team plan for the intended use and functionality of the additional floors.
Apply best practices for controlling noise, water intrusion, dust and debris when expanding above a current roofline while mitigating risk to sensitive equipment and patients.