Property & Buildings

Design Begins on Banner University Medical Center Tower

Design work is set to begin on a new 13-story tower at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix that will include four ICU floors, seven medical-surgical floors, and two shell floors.

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A new 13-story tower will be constructed atop the emergency department at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix.

WSP + ccrd, part of WSP USA, was selected by Banner Health for the design of building systems of the 400,000-square-foot tower, including mechanical, plumbing, medical gas and electrical systems design.

The new tower will be erected on top of a three-story, 300,000-square-foot emergency department building that is currently under construction and was designed with the involvement of WSP + ccrd. HKS Inc. is the architect for the project, and DPR Construction is the general contractor.

The project involves a chiller building, supply chain building, medium-voltage power plant, main campus entry/lobby and extensive renovations to the existing hospital. The combined total of the emergency department and tower project accounts for 1,150,000 square feet of new and renovated space.

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The 400,000-square-foot tower will be built on top of the new three-story emergency department building that is currently under construction.

Building systems will include a new 12.47kV normal distribution system, a new 10MW 4.16kV emergency power plant, new heating hot water system and a 1,045-ton chiller and cooling tower expansion.

“This emergency department and patient tower expansion will provide a new face, capacity, and capabilities to the flagship Banner Health facility,” said Jared Mason, the firm’s project manager and lead electrical engineer.

Nolan Rome is serving as principal-in-charge, David Moore is the lead mechanical engineer, and Colin Miller is the lead plumbing designer.

Construction of the $314 million project is scheduled for completion in early 2020.

Standard Level of Care

The section of the hospital known as the West Tower is among the few existing structures of the original Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, which opened in 1923. But the section is now in need of an overhaul.

“The first goal of this project is to provide a state-of-the-art facility to replace the outdated West Tower,” Mason said. “The second goal is to allow the existing ancillary patient tower to be changed from shared patient rooms to private patient rooms. As private patient rooms have become a standard level of care, the new patient tower will also provide enough new rooms to allow for renovation of all existing rooms to single-bed occupancy.”

Jared Mason

Jared Mason

Finally, he said the project will provide “immediate capacity increases” to support an aging population. “In addition to the new patient tower, we have provided infrastructure to support an additional patient tower to be constructed in the near future,” Mason added. “These advances will result in an immediate enhancement to the community and provide a platform for continued future improvements.”

Banner Relationship

WSP + ccrd has forged a successful working relationship with Banner Health over the past eight years.

“Banner Health has been a valued client since shortly after our office was opened in Phoenix in 2008,” Mason said. “Over the years, we have completed more than 100 projects for Banner that ran the full gamut of size and complexity.”

Previous Banner Health projects have included:

  • Banner Gateway Cancer Center, phase 2;
  • Banner Desert Medical Center, patient floor renovations;
  • Banner Boswell, hybrid operating room project;
  • Banner Casa Grande, main lobby renovation;
  • Banner Thunderbird Surgery Center, code evaluation and upgrades.

“We have also completed master plan evaluations for Banner Boswell, Banner Desert, Banner Casa Grande, Banner Thunderbird and Banner Behavioral Health Hospital,” Mason added. “These projects helped plan the future expansion and renovation of the respective campuses for the next 20 years.”

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When the tower is completed in 2020, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix will add four ICU floors, seven medical-surgical floors, and two shell floors.

Mason said he has worked at the hospital site three days a week since the emergency department renovation project began almost two years ago. As the design and construction team transitions to the tower project, he said the integrated project delivery (IPD) approach used by all of the participants has thus far been “an unqualified success.”

“The IPD team on this project has integrated exceedingly well,” Mason said. “The IPD process has helped us leave traditionally adversarial relationships between design teams and contractors in the dust. Instead, we work together toward the singular goal of producing an exceptional product for the owner.”

Located only two miles away from the WSP + ccrd Phoenix office, Mason said this is a project that both literally and figuratively hits close to home.

“This project is a source of personal pride for me not only due to the size of the project,” he said, “but because it is a project in my community.”


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