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St. Francis Hospital Unveils New John T. O’Connell Tower

john_t_o_connell_towerHARTFORD, Conn. — The new 318,300-square-foot John T. O’Connell Tower at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn. is the second of two major additions to the campus, totaling over 675,000-square-feet. It culminates a 20-year relationship between St. Francis and architectural firm TRO Jung|Brannen.

The tower is named for the late John T. O’Connell, who was treated for cancer at Saint Francis prior to his death in 1996, in recognition of a major gift from his parents, Nancy and Daniel O’Connell. The anticipated value of the gift from the O’Connells’ estate is placed at a minimum of $5 million, at the time of its announcement, the largest gift in Saint Francis’ 110-year history.

The project expands major acute-care services and provides an additional four levels of inpatient beds. Components include support services, an emergency department, surgical suite, orthopedic center and an expanded patient-care unit. The patient-care unit features 102 private inpatient rooms, with a unit of an additional 36 private inpatient rooms to be completed in the near future.

Working with St. Francis for over two decades, TRO Jung|Brannen developed contextual and consistent imagery for the campus architecture and interior design, resulting in a unified expression of the hospital’s brand.

TRO Jung|Brannen is an international planning and design firm of nearly 200 professionals with practice areas in commercial, arts & education, healthcare, hospitality & residential, and research.  Services include programming/feasibility studies, architecture, planning, interior design, and engineering.  Based in Boston, the firm maintains regional offices in Birmingham, AL and Sarasota, FL; as well as international offices in Beijing, China and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For more details, visit


Posted May 18, 2011

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