RTA and GE Johnson Celebrate Topping Out of St Francis Medical Center Expansion
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO Thanks to a collaborative team and a lot of hard work by RTA Architects and their partner GE Johnson Construction, the topping out ceremony for the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services marked a milestone in the project. This 168,580-square-foot addition will house an expanded Emergency Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and new operating rooms.
The Saint Francis Medical Center, originally designed by RTA, encompasses forty-two acres in eastern Colorado Springs, Colorado. This $102 million project - under a multi-party agreement with RTA, GE Johnson, Centura Health, and other project partners - will increase the number of beds in the Emergency Department and NICU as well as provide additional new operating rooms to meet the needs of our ever-growing community.
The first step in RTA's design process was participating in immersion experiences in both departments. The design team was provided critical information by being able to closely interact with staff and view patient care. RTA also participated in several additional events, including a 3P event, which helped guide the entire design team through big-picture, interactive, and creative processes.
The care model for the Emergency Department will be 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 calls for a renovation to the existing unit and expansion 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 will feature covered parking, an emergency medicine lounge, a wellness garden, and shell space for future expansion.
The project broke ground in May 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2019.