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General contractors selected for Banner-University Medical Center

The general contractors have been selected for an 11-story tower that will replace the 40-year-old portion of the hospital at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

Pending zoning approvals, Sundt I DPR, A Joint Venture, will begin preparing the site and utilities late this year, with construction starting in early 2016. The facility is expected to open in 2019.

Banner’s $400 million construction project at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson represents a much-needed enhancement to one of the nation’s top academic medical centers and Southern Arizona’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. The 689,000-square-foot patient tower will be configured and sized for current and future health-care technology, with 336 private patient rooms, 22 new operating rooms, imaging suites and public spaces. As previously announced, architects for the new tower are Shepley Bullfinch of Phoenix and GLHN Architects and Engineers Inc. of Tucson.

The tower will open with 240 private rooms along with shelled space on the top two floors to accommodate 96 beds in the future, depending on community need.  This will raise the total bed count slightly from its current 479 to 489 licensed beds in 2019, because beds in the original hospital building will close at that time.

In addition to constructing the new patient tower, Sundt I DPR have been retained to renovate two floors and the lobby of Diamond Children’s, now called Banner Children’s­ – Diamond Children’s Medical Center. They also will remodel the original hospital building, which opened in 1971 as “University Hospital,” for non-patient-care uses such as administrative functions.

“Banner’s decision to select this joint venture team was based on its combined strengths: Sundt’s innovative approach to technical construction and deep roots in the community, and DPR’s expertise as the nation’s No. 1 health-care builder,” said Kip Edwards, vice president, Development and Construction for Banner Health.  “Once completed, this facility will help Banner Health fulfill its mission in Southern Arizona to improve lives through excellent patient care.”

“We believe in Banner Health’s mission and its relentless drive and passion in achieving the highest quality and function at the lowest cost,” said Ryan Abbott, Sundt’s Southwest business development manager. “We’ve vowed to provide the construction innovation, collaboration and productivity to create an environment that supports their transformation of sick care into health care.”

“Banner Health’s ‘high-tech, high-touch’ approach to provide innovative health care throughout Arizona is ambitious and a commitment Sundt I DPR Joint Venture will help them meet,” said Dave Elrod, regional manager of Arizona for DPR Construction. “Our team unites each company’s individual ideas and experiences, while continually streamlining processes and developing new methodology and technology for building one-of-a-kind health-care projects throughout Arizona.”

Sundt has been building in Tucson since 1929. The Banner ­– University Medical Center Tucson project will be the seventh joint venture of Sundt and DPR, which began partnering in 2002. Among their accomplishments are the 265,000-square-foot Bioscience Partnership Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and the 10-story Biosciences Partnership Building, also in Phoenix.

Banner Health, an Arizona-based nonprofit organization with hospitals in seven states, acquired Banner – University Medical Center Tucson this spring in a merger with the University of Arizona Health Network. At the same time, Banner Health entered into a 30-year Academic Affiliation Agreement with the University of Arizona to serve as the primary clinical partner to the UA Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix

DPR Construction New Headquarters

Old Boutique Gets New Life As DPR Construction's Headquarters [VIDEO]

Rising from the remains of the former Castle Boutique on 44th Street and Van Buren, DPR Construction’s new Phoenix headquarters – the DPR Boutique – opened today as a living laboratory for how to live and work sustainably in the desert environment.

Located in the heart of the Discovery Triangle development zone, the DPR Boutique is on track to be the first Net Zero building in Arizona, where on-site renewable energy generation is equal to or greater than consumption. It is a short walk from the 44th Street light rail stop and incorporates numerous green building features and systems to inspire, educate and encourage clients and the community on green building design.

“We’re proud of our new office and how it physically, environmentally and visibly represents our core values and culture,” said Dave Elrod, regional manager of DPR Phoenix. “While many building owners may think it’s impossible to turn a 30-year-plus old building at the end of its intended life cycle into something forward-thinking and sustainable, that is precisely what we’ve achieved for our new home.”

DPR Construction New Boutique HeadquartersTo help celebrate the building’s opening, councilman Michael Johnson and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) GardenWorks program participated in a ceremonial planting and ribbon cutting.

DPR Construction has built its reputation in green construction through excellence in client projects. The company wanted its Phoenix headquarters to reflect its commitment to innovative construction practices and sustainable design. DPR took on the challenge to turn an existing structure into a completely net-zero building that is also a comfortable and efficient workspace for its employees. Using prior experiences, the team was able to reduce design time and sustainability consulting fees by 75 percent.

“SmithGroup is excited to be a part of part this visionary project undertaken by DPR,” said Mike Medici, AIA, managing director SmithGroup. “Their innovative approach will be a leading example of sustainable urban development for the Greater Phoenix area.”

Examples of the building’s sustainable design:

  • Clad in zinc, the roof’s solar chimney is an integral part of the building’s passive heating and cooling design. The zinc used for this solar chimney is extra material from a previous project, making good use of existing resources.
  • Other features of the natural ventilation system include automatically adjusting windows, shower towers and tubular daylighting.
  • Four shower towers provide up to four tons of cooling at peak operating conditions.
  • The towers feature inexpensive plastic tubing and dual shower heads to create air flow pulling water up and dispersing it back through the shower heads and misting heads to provide evaporative cooling effect.
  • 79-kilowatt solar array offsets 100 percent of power demand while providing shaded parking.
  • The xeriscape landscaping is designed to provide shade and provide additional passive cooling.

“We are excited to open our new office to the public and share the numerous green building features and systems,” Elrod said. “People will be able to see for themselves that it is possible to live and work sustainably in this desert environment. We hope our visitors will be informed, educated, and most of all inspired to think about changes they can make in their own projects, at work and at home.”



Take quick look at DPR Construction’s Annual Open House event on Nov. 3: