HKS Architects/Steffian Bradley Architects to Design Projects at University of Connecticut Health Center

UConnFARMINGTON, Conn. –HKS, Inc./Steffian Bradley Architects, a joint venture, is providing design services for hospital construction and renovation projects at the University of Connecticut Health Center. The projects are two critical elements of Bioscience Connecticut, a comprehensive plan to advance bioscience innovations, meet the healthcare needs of Connecticut’s future and improve access to state-of-the-art care.

The plan was championed by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and approved by the General Assembly in the spring of 2011.

Located in Farmington, Conn., and founded in 1961, the Health Center is the university’s academic medical center. It is composed of the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, Graduate School, John Dempsey Hospital, the UConn Medical Group, University Dentists and a vibrant research enterprise.

The new tower for the John Dempsey Hospital will include 169 new private patient rooms, a new operating room suite and a new emergency department. Renovations include cardiology, psychiatry and other ancillary programs such as radiology and pharmacy services.

“We are excited to work with UConn Health Center and their dedicated staff to build a new patient-friendly facility on their existing campus that successfully integrates their academic, clinical and research missions,” said Shannon Kraus, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP. “Weaving these three canons together and integrating them into the new tower and renovation project will allow us to build a concept solution that not only informs design, but also drives function in an architecture solution that both complements the existing architecture and creates a branding opportunity for the hospital.”

According to principal project manager, Bob Martineck, AIA, LEED AP, the tower will incorporate best practices for sustainability, achieving a minimum of LEED-Silver certification.

“The new bed tower and renovated existing hospital areas will provide the physical platform to enhance the patient-care experience and promote our mission of quality care and patient safety,” said Thomas Callahan, who is leading the implementation of Bioscience Connecticut. “Setting a tone for the campus at large, the projects will be inviting to patients, visitors, staff, students and faculty,” he added.

About University of Connecticut Health Center
Founded in 1961, the Health Center pursues a mission of providing outstanding healthcare education in an environment of exemplary patient care, research and public service. More information about the UConn Health Center is available at

About HKS, Inc.
HKS, ranked among the nation’s top healthcare architectural firms by Modern Healthcare, understands and embraces holistic healthcare. The firm’s celebrated healthcare architecture experience includes 1,260 unique projects garnering more than 140 design awards.  Founded in 1939 and operating from 23 offices worldwide, the firm focuses on innovative design, process and delivery. For more information, visit

About Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA)
Established in Boston in 1932, SBA works with clients in North America, Europe and Asia from offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain and China. The firm includes experts in architecture, interiors, planning, lighting and urban design, and work with clients in the healthcare, education, residential, senior living and corporate and commercial markets.  For more information, visit


Posted December 14, 2011

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