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Best Medical Project 2011

Diamond Children’s Medical Center at University Medical Center

Best Medical Project 2011: University Medical Center, KitchellDeveloper: University Medical Center
Contractor: Kitchell
Architect: NTD Architects
Size: 100,000 SF
Location: 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
Completed: September 2010

The Diamond Children’s Medical Center at UMC in Tucson is a “family centered” pediatric facility that serves young patients throughout southern Arizona. Providing construction services on an existing campus was a challenge, but Kitchell worked closely with various entities, and the interactions became the basis of work plans that evolved over time. The design of the hospital accommodates families’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Following designs of NTD Architecture, Kitchell built 36 NICU beds, 20 PICU private rooms, and a pediatric emergency department, to name a few components. There are also murals, a canopy, a large telescope and stage, and children’s library.

Honorable Mention: Ryan House at St. Joseph’s Medical Center

Honorable Mention: Ryan House at St. Joseph’s Medical CenterDeveloper: St. Joseph’s Hospital
25,107 SF
110 W. Merrell St., Phoenix
February 2010


Best Medical Project 2010

Banner Ironwood Medical Center

Banner Ironwood is a 24-bed, start-up facility with the ability to grow to 86 beds without any building expansion. The selection of sustainable products was highly considered throughout the design and construction process. BIM was an integral piece of the project’s design and construction process, allowing the team to design and deliver the project in 22 months — six months for design and 16 months for construction. One unique approach utilizing BIM that McCarthy and SmithGroup developed was the virtual mock-up of a typical patient room. Using this mock-up, the construction team was able to show user groups months ahead of physical construction how the room would appear, as well as figure out the measurement and placement of critical equipment.

Developer: Banner Health
Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Architect: SmithGroup
Size: 230,000 SF
Location: Gantzel & Combs roads, Queen Creek
Completed: September 2009

Honorable Mention: Banner Thunderbird
Medical Center Tower Best Medical Project 2010

Developer: Banner Health
Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Architect: NTD Architecture
Size: 332,890 SF
Location: 5555 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale
Completed: October 2009

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