Marking the third and largest phase of execution in their $248 million master plan, WVU Medicine constructed a 10-story tower to address capacity issues and better serve the healthcare needs of all West Virginia residents.
The tower includes construction of 56 critical-care private patient rooms and 96 acute-care patient rooms. Design of plumbing and structural bays enable conversion of acute-care rooms to critical-care rooms if needed in the future. Organization of each patient floor creates three neighborhoods of 8-12 patient rooms to enhance the patient and family experience. The design promotes staff efficiency and retention with each neighborhood configured to be self-sufficient accommodating the necessary supplies and equipment. Most importantly, the organization of the neighborhoods allows clinical staff to maximize the amount of time they devote to patient care.
Also included in this project is a dedicated entrance to WVU Medicine’s Children’s Hospital. This entrance provides direct access to the pediatric service line located at the 6th floor of the existing hospital. The design designates the 6th and 7th floors as shell space for future use as inpatient units. Facility support space will be located on the 4th floor. A conference center is located at the ground floor that will serve both public and private functions.
The overall design challenge of the building was to integrate the structure into the existing campus using the design language of the existing buildings. Ribbon windows and brick masonry will perform the function of this integration with existing buildings while curtainwall glazing and greater transparency will serve to move the campus design into the next generation.