Due to the rapid growth of the Colorado Springs community, healthcare systems, like St. Francis Medical Center, are expanding their facilities in order to meet the needs of the rising population. In anticipation of this growth, the recently completed expansion of the ED, OR’s and NICU were planned to allow two additional patient floors to be constructed above the 4th floor interstitial mechanical floor. The careful planning for this future growth will allow the additional 5th and 6th floors to be constructed without disruptions to patient care areas on the floors below.
RTA and the consultant team worked alongside the owner to ensure that the design allows for the future growth to continue to meet the needs of the community. This project utilizes Integrated Project Delivery with a multi-party agreement, one of the few such projects in the state of Colorado, with the project team co-locating on-site.
The 5th floor will be designed to provide 30 universal rooms for a critical care/intermediate care unit. The 6th floor will be designed to provide 30 rooms for a medical/surgical recovery unit. The roof of the new addition will be designed to provide a helipad for flight for life transport to and from the hospital. Trauma elevators and stairs will be extended to the roof to provide egress access to the helipad.