This intensive care unit renovation (ICU) was constructed over an existing ICU and included a new elevator that served the existing space and Family Birthing Center on the two floors below. The new ICU was designed as a Multipurpose Bed Unit. Preceding the renovation phase was a vertical expansion of the Administration and Quality Department on the roof of the Imaging Department. In addition to the space made available by Administration moving to their new vertical expansion, the ICU also included a 4,000-square-foot vertical expansion to create enough space to add 21 beds to the hospital’s capacity. Seismic upgrades coupled with adding an elevator in a functioning ICU allowed opportunity to create a team environment to meet all the challenges provided.
Both phases of work involved construction on top of existing and active hospital operations. The projects required stringent infection control and disruption mitigation protocols. Howard S. Wright developed project-specific Infection Control (ICRA) and Interim Life Safety (ILSM) Plans and worked closely with the hospital and Department of Health to ensure minimum impact to ongoing hospital operations.