Architect: HGA Architect and Engineers
Owner: Ascension Health
Contractor: The Boldt Company
Earlier updates to the facility included upgrades to the surgical unit, ED and central plant, which laid the ground work for the completion of the 180,000 SF Bed Tower expansion. The project includes 10 intensive care beds, 80 beds for medical and surgical patients, a new dining area, as well as expanded imaging facilities and pharmacy. This project represents the culmination of a decade long effort at reshaping the campus.
The campus is located on a 17-acre site surrounded by residential neighborhoods. Effective use of the limited space available for expansion was critical to planning the Bed Tower. The location on the north side of the campus helped redefine the perimeter of the campus. Corridors connect the Bed Tower to the campus and shape a new facade, bringing cohesiveness across the campus.
The ground level of the Bed Tower features the Marketplace, a large public space designed much like a “farmer’s market” offering fresh produce and “while you wait” prepared food choices. The market is colorful, inviting and provides an area of respite inside, or in the outdoor courtyard.
The four-story Bed Tower is organized around three 10-bed units on each floor, designed as “neighborhoods,” with everything needed to provide care located within a “work cell.” At the center of each neighborhood a team hub allows views to each patient room and fosters collaboration among caregivers. Spaces frequented by staff, such as nutrition and medication rooms, are located adjacent to the team hub to minimize steps and increase time with patients.
The exterior aesthetic of the building features natural materials, maximizes daylight and provides connections to nature through large windows. An enclosed courtyard with fountains, gardens and sculpture, located in the heart of the Tower, provides outdoor space for patients, visitors and staff. The surrounding roofs use a green roofing tray system with varied depths to create a second level of plantings visible to patients and family on the upper floors of the Bed Tower. The use of locally sourced rough cut Fond du Lac limestone on exterior columns and entry ways, and honed buff limestone in the first floor public spaces, brings natural elements inside.
The Bed Tower Expansion project is the culmination of a multi-phase, multi-year, regeneration of a campus that has been providing services to the community for more than 100 years. The centerpiece of the project is the 180,000 SF inpatient facility, featuring 90 patient beds, a dining Marketplace, and expanded imaging facilities. The project brings high quality healthcare services to the area and reaffirms a commitment to the community.
Photos: Darris Lee Harris Photography