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St. Agnes Hospital – Patient Bed Tower

St. Agnes Hospital engaged Zimmerman to lead a major phased renovation project to improve infrastructure, inpatient services and to accommodate private bed unit capacity for various departments.

To keep the hospital operational, construction was phased over a 5 year period and involved complex renovation of a legacy infrastructure starting in the central utility plant and distribution network and out to two bed towers over multiple floors as well as other building components. Construction typologies with various built and life safety components presented challenges in coordination across the interconnected hospital buildings. The private patient room phases of the project have involved both conversions of shell space as well as occupied existing inpatient units and floors.

Renovation of the MEP systems included capacities evaluations, adding redundancy, and reduction of dependency upon original systems. Plumbing coordination involved all new waste, vents, and storm water risers within a seven floor occupied tower as well as new domestic and mechanical water distributions. Electrical involved new switchgear and distribution risers. HVAC includes renovating existing AHUs and new capacities while incorporating new mechanical duct shafts into existing structure.

The focus of the private patient room build outs is a goal to provide a modern standard of inpatient care environment.  Central to this goal was creating new spaces to support family involvement in both healing and family comfort.  Renovated inpatient departments have included med-surgical, acute care step down, palliative, stroke/ TCU, and a new Women & Infants Center were among the final phases of the project.

While the clinical needs vary, the overall drivers in remodeling were to accommodate new technologies to improve patient safety, monitoring, and staff communications. Accessibility and a safe high quality interior environment are central to user comfort.  Key strategies of these are bed-side charting with integration of EMRs, better acoustical privacy and comfort, high performance lighting, and providing patients the ability to control room amenities and integrated technologies. All of these interior design considerations contribute to a more pleasant hospital stay translated into higher HCAPHS scores.

Location: Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Size: 86,555 s.f.

Services Provided: Architectural Planning and Design, Structural, Interior Design

Completion Date(s): 2012 – 2017

Contractor / Construction Manager: CD Smith Construction