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These 5 Western U.S. Hospitals Are Expanding

Many health systems in the West are adding substantial facilities to keep up with patient volume and to increase safety standards. Check out a few of the largest expansions under construction.

Loma Linda University Health

Rendering of Loma Linda University's new hospital

Location: Loma Linda, California

Total Expansion: 983K SF

Projected Cost: $1.4B

Expected Completion: Late 2020

Loma Linda University Health’s newest expansion in California’s Inland Empire will be its biggest and most expensive to date, according to California Healthline. The project includes building a new adult hospital and expanding the children’s hospital. The health system will add the Center for Discovery, an interdisciplinary research facility, and the Wholeness Institute, which will focus on the study of changes in gene activity. The 50-year-old adult hospital, which is no longer considered seismically safe, will be replaced by a 276-bed hospital with 96 intensive care beds and 180 medical-surgical beds. A new tower next to the children’s hospital will add 100 beds. The neonatal intensive care unit also will be expanded.

The hospital will be built using an advanced seismic safety system called base isolation. This technique involves starting with a hole more than 50 feet deep. The four-foot-deep foundation will support steel pedestals, which will be installed at the end of 2017. Base isolators will be built on top of the pedestals to control the building’s movement during an earthquake.

Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Rendering of Lucille Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Location: Palo Alto, California

Total Expansion: 510K SF

Projected Cost: $1.1B

Expected Completion: December 2017

Among the largest hospital expansions in the Bay Area, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford will more than double the original hospital's square footage to 844K SF. The expansion will add 149 beds, six surgical suites and provide California’s only pediatric neuro-hybrid surgery suite equipped with diagnostic MRI, angiography equipment and a full operating room. Family amenities include sleeping accommodations for two members in every patient room, laundry facilities and family kitchens on every floor.

The Perkins+Will-designed hospital expansion includes features that connect patients with nature through outdoor access and an abundance of natural light. The building is expected to earn LEED Gold certification, and its sustainability features include water recycling, the use of reclaimed local materials and external shading that reduces the need for air conditioning. HGA planned the medical spaces to minimize the appearance of heavy equipment in patient rooms and designed sinks, water coolers and other features to be built at child height. DPR Construction is the general contractor for this project.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Location: Portland, Oregon

Total Expansion: 340K SF

Projected Cost: $220M

Expected Completion: 2019-2020

Legacy Health will embark on its first major expansion plan since 2012 with its project at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, expected to begin construction in 2017. The project will provide larger operating rooms, a cardiovascular intensive care unit, seven cardiovascular lab suites, spacious waiting rooms, a large central sterile processing unit and new MRIs. A four-level parking garage for 100 cars also will be added. Legacy Health also plans a medical office expansion at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center.

St. Francis Medical Center

Rendering of St. Francis Medical Center expansion in Colorado Springs

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Total Expansion: 168K SF

Projected Cost: $102M

Expected Completion: Early 2019

The need for St. Francis Medical Center’s expansion was made apparent four years ago when Colorado Springs and the Southern Colorado area’s population grew substantially, according to The Gazette. After doing some quick fixes to accommodate more beds in the emergency department, the 195-bed hospital now has the second-busiest emergency room within Centura Health’s 17-hospital system in Colorado and Western Kansas.

The new expansion, which broke ground at the start of May, will increase emergency room beds from 23 to 48, add more neonatal intensive care beds and increase operating rooms from five to eight. Another level of parking will be added to accommodate 110 more parking spaces. The parking garage expansion will include unfinished space that could be potentially converted into more emergency room and neonatal beds and more operating rooms at a later time. The expansion will help serve the hospital’s needs for the next 20 years. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services also is considering a new $550M hospital, which would expand the hospital partnership to three facilities.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Rendering of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, California

Location: Oakland, California

Total Expansion: 89K SF (Phase 1)

Projected Cost: $180M (Phase 1)

Expected Completion: Fall 2017 (Phase 1)

The new outpatient center, which topped off last year, is the first phase of a 10-year, $500M project to expand and rebuild the hospital. The new six-story outpatient center will connect to the current outpatient center and offer cardiology, rehabilitation, neurology and other sub-specialty clinics. Turner Construction is the general contractor for the outpatient center project designed by HDR in collaboration with Taylor Design.

The $320M Phase 2, which includes rebuilding the main hospital, is expected to begin in 2020. It will add 20 more rooms to the 190-room hospital, create individual patient rooms and add surgical, diagnostic and treatment rooms.

Find out more about the latest in hospital construction and healthcare commercial real estate trends at Bisnow's Big West Coast Healthcare Event on June 1 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles.