Due to the rapid growth of the Colorado Springs community, St. Francis Medical Center is expanding their facility in order to meet the needs of the rising population. In anticipation of this growth, the Tower Expansion – completed in 2019 and included the Emergency Department relocation and expansion, additional operating rooms, and renovated and expanded Level III NICU – was planned to allow two additional patient floors to be constructed above the fourth floor interstitial mechanical floor. The careful planning for this future growth is allowing the additional fifth and sixth 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 fifth floor was designed to provide 30 universal rooms for a critical care unit. The sixth floor was designed to provide 30 rooms for an intermediate care unit. The roof of the new addition will 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.