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Rendering, planned clinical tower, Banner-University Medical Center Tucson. Image courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch.

Shepley Bulfinch, GLHN awarded Banner project in Tucson

Banner Health has awarded the contract for the design of the new Banner – University Medical Center hospital facility in Tucson to Shepley Bulfinch architects of Phoenix, in association with GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc. of Tucson. The 11-story tower is scheduled for completion in 2019.

This news follows Banner’s acquisition of the University of Arizona Medical Center, which was finalized on February 27.

“We are honored to be working with Banner Health as they rebuild the core of the hospital,” said Shepley Bulfinch’s David Derr, AIA, principal-in-charge for the project. “Both Shepley and GLHN know the University Medical Center well from our previous work, and we understand its importance to the residents of Tucson and surrounding communities.”

Shepley Bulfinch brings national expertise in academic medical center design to the project, with clients that include Yale-New Haven Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The firm prepared the Master Plan for the new facility and completed the hospital’s surgical services renovation and expansion in 2013. Elsewhere in Tucson, Shepley Bulfinch worked with city officials and community stakeholders on the development of the Main Gate Overlay District near the University of Arizona campus.

Tucson-based GLHN has collaborated on significant local projects, including the Streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility and Pima County Courts Complex, both integral to the city’s downtown redevelopment efforts.  The firm has provided services to the healthcare industry for over 40 years, working at over 120 VA Medical Centers nationwide and renovating more than 100 areas on the University of Arizona Medical Center campus.

David Derr

David Derr Joins Shepley Bulfinch

Shepley Bulfinch is pleased to welcome healthcare planning and design leader David H. Derr, AIA, as a principal in the firm’s Phoenix office, where he will lead the healthcare practice in the Southwest.

In announcing the appointment, Shepley Bulfinch president Carole Wedge said: “David’s strategic understanding of regional and national healthcare trends are a real strength as we advances our presence in the expanding healthcare markets of the West and Southwest.”

David has led healthcare planning and design projects that span the US and the Middlle East, with experience in expanding firms’ healthcare practices. His notable project work includes a replacement medical center for Kaiser Permanente (San Leandro CA); the flagship ambulatory care center for Group Health Cooperative (Bellevue WA); and a proposed cardiac center in Bahrain.

“As a healthcare architect who is keenly aware of the fundamental impact of design on the quality of care, I’m particularly pleased be helping lead Shepley Bulfinch’s healthcare practice,” said David. “Shepley has the rare ability to bring planning, clinical best practice, design excellence, and execution together in its facilities.”

David is a member of the AIA and the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree Ohio University.