St. Francis Hospital NICU/ED/OR Expansion
"RTA has championed the (IPD) process by immersing our NICU, Surgery, and ED staff in the design process. It has been such a positive experience for our entire team working with RTA.”
Meredith Wardwell, Former Director of Facilities Management, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
St. Francis Hospital encompasses forty-two acres in eastern Colorado Springs. The $102 million expansion increased the number of beds and workflow in the Emergency Department (ED) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as well as provided additional new operating rooms (ORs) to meet the needs of the ever-growing Colorado Springs community.
The NICU/ED/OR expansion is another a fully collaborative effort and uses an Integrated Project Delivery method under a multi-party agreement contractual arrangement with RTA, GE Johnson, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, and other project partners. This delivery method experienced great success facilitated by a co-location site on campus to facilitate pull-planning scheduling, Lean 3P user group meetings, target value pricing management, and a team workroom to create a truly integrated design team environment.
The first step in RTA’s design process was participating in immersion experiences in both the ED and NICU departments. The design team was provided critical information by being able to interact closely with staff and view patient care.
The care model for the Emergency Department is split flow, utilizing an intake process with a lower acuity SuperTrack and an internal results waiting area. This care model was validated in the paper simulations carried out during the 3P event and instilled confidence in the staff for the future department design. The new design for the NICU renovated the existing unit and expanded into the adjacent tower, providing larger staff support areas and larger single-patient rooms with direct access to light and views. The four-story addition and new garden level features covered parking, an emergency medicine lounge, a wellness garden, and shell space for future expansion including a fourth floor interstitial mechanical floor.
- Square footage: 168,580 sf
- ED, EMS Support, and EMS/Staff parking: 79,045 sf
- ORs: 32,463 sf
- NICU: 30,668 sf
- Shell space & building support: 26,404 sf
- Project cost: $100M
- Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method under a multi-party agreement contractual arrangement
- Collaborative lean design principles
- ED: 6-room Super Track with an internal results waiting area, 3 Trauma rooms, 6 observation rooms, 4 behavioral health rooms, and 29 exam rooms
- Covered parking, an emergency medicine lounge, a wellness garden, and shell space for future expansion
- NICU renovation and expansion
- OR expansion
- Fourth floor interstitial mechanical floor
- Photography by Fred Fuhrmeister
- 2019 Bronze ACE Award, Best Building Project (Over $70M), Presented by the Association of General Contractors (AGC) Colorado
- 2019 Engineering Excellence Award of Merit, Presented by the the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado