6 healthcare construction projects you need to know

Above: Mayo Clinic recently announced a $648 million expansion that will nearly double the size of its Phoenix campus over five years. Construction | 9 Nov |

Like just about every other market segment in Arizona, medical center construction and development is moving rapidly. Heading into 2018, Banner Health was fresh off the completion of a $179 million emergency department expansion at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix and DPR Construction was already well on its way to completing the $239 million new patient tower at that campus.

The year ended with several projects either breaking ground or in the planning phases, including six major medical center projects that total $1.37 billion. Here’s a look at what healthcare projects are on their way as the calendar turns to 2019:

$648 million

Mayo Clinic expansion

Location: 5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix

Architect: Undetermined

General Contractor: Undetermined

Anticipated opening: First phase, Fall of 2020; final phase, April 2023

Details: This expansion plan will nearly double the size of the Mayo Clinic Phoenix campus over five years. The Arizona Forward Project will add 1.4 million square feet of building space (to the existing 1.7 million) with expanded clinical capacity, support services and infrastructure at the campus located near Loop 101 and 56th Street in North Phoenix.

The expansion plan increases the number of inpatient beds from 280 to 374 by 2023 and creates close to 2,000 new jobs, including nearly 200 physicians by 2029.

The highlights of the expansion include a new six-story patient tower; a three-floor addition to the existing four-story Mayo Clinic Building; a new three-story building to house an expanded Emergency and other departments; expanded patient and infrastructure space; and additional parking.

$194.8 million

Chandler Regional Medical Center expansion

Location: 1955 W. Frye Road, Chandler

Architect: Devennney Group Architects

General Contractor: McCarthy Building Co., Inc.

Anticipated completion: 2020

Details: This Dignity Health project will involve constructing a new five-story patient-care tower and a new parking structure with additional surface parking to accommodate over 1100 vehicles. In addition to the new construction, renovations to existing space will also allow for eight new surgical suites, and expansions of key outpatient services and operational departments.

The new patient care structure called “Tower D” will create space for 132 additional patient beds. It will bring the hospital’s total bed count to 429, relieving current capacity constraints. Tower D will be built south of Chandler Regional’s main entrance in what is currently a parking area.

$170 million

HonorHealth Sonoran Medical Center Campus

Location: Just east of I-17, north of Deer Valley Rd. in Phoenix.

Architect: Devenney Group Architects

General Contractor: McCarthy Building Co., Inc.

Anticipated opening: September 2020

Details: The new hospital will form the centerpiece of the HonorHealth Sonoran Medical Center campus in north Phoenix. The hospital will open with 40 beds, with the ability to expand to nearly 80.

The 210,000 square foot facility will include:

 • 24-hour emergency care for patients of all ages.

 • Comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care, including prenatal and postpartum care, labor and delivery services, and a Level II neonatal intensive care unit.

 • Clinical expertise and state-of-the-art technology in joint replacement surgery, minimally invasive orthopedic and spine surgery, as well as a variety of general surgery procedures, treatments and therapies.

 • A beautiful facility filled with natural light and colors that reflect the surrounding desert, designed to create a healing environment.

 • An Ambulatory Surgery Center with physician office space immediately adjacent to the hospital.

 • Other ambulatory services such as breast health and medical imaging located on campus.

$150 million

Banner Health medical center in Chandler

Location: SE Corner of Alma School Road and Loop 202 in Chandler.

Architect: SmithGroup

General contractor: Okland Construction

Anticipated opening: Fall 2020

Details: This is a new, comprehensive medical center in the heart of the Southeast Valley and will be the first Chandler hospital for Banner Health.

The four-story, 240,000-square-foot hospital will be adjacent to the existing Banner Health Center

in Chandler.

The hospital, which has not yet been named, will open with 120 beds, and offer imaging, surgery, labor and delivery, intensive care and an emergency room. The hospital will have room for expansion as the community needs require more services.

$106 million

Banner Boswell Medical Center expansion

Location: 10401 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City

General Contractor; McCarthy Construction Co. Inc.

Anticipated opening: Fall 2020

Details: This project actually became a two-phase expansion, beginning in March with the announcement that Banner Health and the Sun Health Foundation were teaming up to construct a $60.4 million emergency room on the campus. In late September, Banner Health’s board of directors approved expanding the project to include construction of a new six-story patient tower shell. Banner Health and its construction partners determined that building the two projects at the same time would ultimately save on costs and be less disruptive to the medical center’s operations as well as the surrounding community.

The new patient tower, which will partially sit atop the new emergency room, will become the new main entry point for the hospital when it’s completed in the fall of 2020.

In addition to a new emergency department (ED), the project will renovate and convert the current 17,000 square foot ED into a new unit for patients requiring short-term observation.

The new ED will increase the number of beds from 42 to 56, allowing the hospital to care for up to 60,000 ED patients annually. The current ED was built to handle up to 45,000 patients annually.

$100 million

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center expansion

Location: 3555 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert

Anticipated opening: 2020

Details: This project is a joint venture betweeen Dignity Health and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona’s only nationally recognized pediatric hospital, and is aimed at offering superior women and children services.

The five-story medical tower will include 24 labor and delivery rooms, including six that are dedicated to high-risk patients and 48 post-partum beds, operated by Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, along with an emergency department dedicated to obstetrics. Phoenix Children’s will operate 50 pediatric beds, a 12-bed pediatric emergency department, pediatric operating rooms and a new 60-bed Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Honorable mention

Abrazo Community Health Networks are building a micro-hospital in Mesa on Baseline Rd., one mile west of Power Rd. The 32,500 square foot, $15 million project will include a 12-bed emergency department, eight inpatient rooms and an operating room. Further south in Marana, a similar micro-hospital is currently being built by Carondelet Health Network. Both projects were designed by E4H Architects and are being built by Adolfson & Peterson Construction. Both facilities are expected to open by spring of 2019.

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