McCarthy breaks ground on $106m ER and patient tower project in US

WCN Editorial Team 21 May 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction firm McCarthy Building Companies has broken ground on a new $106m emergency room (ER) and patient tower project at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Arizona, US.

The move follows demolition of a 33-year-old, two-storey parking structure at the site, making way for a new emergency room. The project is planned to be completed in summer 2020.

Located at 10401 W. Thunderbird Blvd. in Sun City, Arizona, the new ER, main lobby and patient tower at Banner Boswell Medical Center will comprise an emergency room covering an area of 40,000ft² and a new six-storey tower intended to serve as the hospital’s new main entrance.

Expected to provide room for future growth, the new ER will increase the number of beds by a third, compared to Banner Boswell’s existing ER, allowing the department to care for up to 60,000 ER patients annually, McCarthy said.

Banner Boswell chief operating officer Brian Standage said: “Banner Boswell Medical Center opened nearly 50 years ago to serve the small, but growing community of Sun City.

“Since then, our hospital has evolved into a leading provider of medical care in the Northwest Valley, including a nationally-recognized heart program.

"Our new ER and patient tower positions us to serve the community for the next 50 years and beyond."

Planned to be opened in late 2020, the tower’s first floor will contain the main lobby, gift shop, retail pharmacy, admitting desk and chapel.

The five floors above the main lobby will remain “shelled” space to meet future needs, and reserved for future inpatient rooms.

McCarthy said that the project is being managed using Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).

McCarthy Building Companies vice-president Chris Jacobson said: “Hospital construction projects inherently possess a lot of moving parts, and traditional project delivery methods often result in a fair amount of redesign. By employing IPD and co-location strategies, the team is able to move forward unimpeded.”

HMC Architects is the architect for the project, while major trade partners include Buehler & Buehler, Southland, Foothills Fire Protection, Schuff Steel, Cannon & Wendt, University Mechanical, Norris Design and The Berg Group.

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Image: The new ER and patient tower project at Banner Boswell Medical Center is planned to be completed in 2020. Photo: courtesy of Banner Health.

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