Tower Facts, Figures and Features

Facts & Figures

new construction
  • 140,000 square feet of new construction
  • Cost: approximately $160 million
  • 64 new private ICU patient rooms, all with ceiling-mounted patient lifts and surgical lights
  • 10 new operating rooms
  • New building cantilevers over Penn Street by 24 feet to maximize space on building footprint
  • Additional helipad designed to carry the weight of newest helicopters (i.e., President's Marine One); additional capacity allows space for 4 helicopters and enhances capability to receive patients via air medical transport   
  • Expanded Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments
  • 18 new bays in Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, centrally-located between the General ORs, Trauma ORs and Trauma Resuscitation Unit
  • 35 month construction project 
  • Began occupancy of new space as soon as a unit was completed; First new space began occupancy in Spring 2012
  • Approximately 1,750 workers, expending over 874,000 man hours to complete the project
  • Major contractors:
    • Ballinger – Architecture/Engineering
    • Whiting Turner, with MBE partner Mahogany Construction
    • Homewood General Contractors – Carpentry
    • Centerline Construction - Drywall and Acoustics 
    • TSI Exterior Wall Systems - Glass & Curtain Wall
    • The Bell Company - Plumbing and HVAC
    • Gill-Simpson – Electrical
    • Schuster Concrete - Concrete Structure
    • ASI – Demolition


Patient care
  • New public entrance on Lombard Street
  • New family and visitor lounge to enhance privacy
  • Gold level LEED certification pending with U.S. Green Building Council 
  • New tower connected to the existing Shock Trauma building at every level except basement
  • Building designed with significant input from experienced Medical Center staff to maximize efficiency and enhance care of patients and their families
  • Pneumatic tube system for transporting lab samples and pharmacy deliveries expanded to include tube station at each nurses' station in the new and old building

In Progress

  • Healing Garden
  • Four Simulation Center training rooms to prepare military medical personnel prior to deployment