SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Construction has begun on Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, a $284-million replacement hospital designed by HGA Architects and Engineers. It will replace the Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa located just north of San Francisco, which was originally built in 1938. The new 182,300-square-foot facility is expected to open in October 2014.
The new acute-care facility will showcase the most advanced building technologies and sustainable strategies by using Integrated Project Delivery methods that will significantly streamline the construction process and reduce costs. Working closely with Unger Construction and Sutter Health, HGA designed a hospital positioned to become a community anchor and set a benchmark for excellence in 21st century patient-centered healthcare.
“By using IPD methods, we created a platform to ensure that keystone patient experiences – such as lobby spaces and waiting rooms – as well as sustainability components, weren’t sacrificed due to budget constraints,” said Greg Osecheck, principal-in-charge of the project in the firm’s Sacramento office. “In fact, with new technology such as 3-D Building Information Modeling, our team was able to conceptualize together to reduce unknowns, create opportunities for cost savings and design a facility that will serve the Sutter Health community for years to come.”
Located on a 25-acre site, the two-story facility will consist of a diagnostic and treatment block, a patient wing and helistop, and will enhance the services provided at the Chanate campus. Additionally, the facility will implement code-compliant seismic design and an improved care model and observation unit to provide comfort and privacy to patients that do not require hospitalization but do require up to 24 hours of nursing care, allowing for greater flexibility in admissions.
Designed to offer the best experience for its patients, the replacement hospital will include all single-bed, private adult patient rooms. Patients will benefit from daylight and exterior views, reduced noise levels, ample space for visitors and warm, calming tones throughout the hospital.
Complementing Sutter’s award-winning patient care, SMCSR will be equipped with the most advanced healthcare technology available, including electronic monitoring of ICU patients, electronic health records, wireless telemetry and a nursing communication system, which keeps patients connected with care professionals at all times. Most importantly, the design addresses the ability to adapt to emerging advancements in treatment procedures and healthcare technology.
Designed to target LEED Silver certification, the project incorporates several sustainability strategies, including a comprehensive construction waste management program to recycle at least 75 percent of all construction and demolition waste; an advanced building management system, which can monitor and control humidity, air flow and exterior lighting; and efficient landscaping irrigation technology with bioswales and catch basins on site. The exterior design also incorporates a complete transportation management plan using bike paths, carpool preferential parking and electric vehicle charging stations to encourage the reduction of auto emissions.