Banner – University Medical Center Tucson’s grand opening of its new nine-story hospital tower in April got prominent play on the cover and in the cover story, “Healthcare Trends,” for the May/June 2019 issue of Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine, also known as AZRE.
Published by AZ Big Media, the digital publication for AZRE can be found online at: https://azbigmedia.com/category/real-estate/
Banner – UMC Tucson and the University of Arizona Cancer Center – Phoenix facilities—the second hosted with Dignity Health at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center—are mentioned related to modern conveniences expected by both staff and patients alike on p. 58 and p. 60 in an article on “Caring for Caretakers: Modern healthcare facilities pay close attention to staff function, comfort.”
The New BUMCT Hospital Tower
The Banner – UMC Tucson construction overview, appearing on p. 50, reads as follows:
“Nearly four years under construction, the $446 million tower features 228 private rooms, 20 new operating rooms, new diagnostic imaging and cardiac catheterization labs, a new cafeteria and stunning views of the Tucson and the Santa Catalina Mountains. The new tower is located at 1625 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.
“With this 670,000-square-foot tower expansion, Banner – UMC Tucson’s capacity will increase from 479 to 649 licensed beds. Adult ICU beds, always in high demand at Banner – UMC (as the only Level One Trauma Center in Southern Arizona), will increase by 96 beds.
The tower’s entire fifth floor will be devoted to women’s and infant services, with 12 ligh-filled labor and delivery suites and 24 maternity rooms. Other tower features include: All private rooms with private bathroom and shower; telehealth capabilities in all ICU rooms; patient lifts provided in most patient rooms for staff and patient safety; recliners and sleeper sofas in each patient room; and telemetry monitoring on all floors.
“The tower was designed by Shepley Bullfinch. The lead contractor was a joint operation between Sundt and DPR.”
Other Banner Featurettes
Also in the May/June 2019 issue was Banner Health’s ongoing $150 million investment into Banner Ocotillo Medical Center (see p. 44), a four-story, 245,000-square-foot, 96-bed hospital on the southeast corner of Alma School Road and Loop 202 Santan Freeway in Phoenix. Okland Construction is the general contractor for the facility, designed by SmithGroup.
See page 46 for expansion and renovation projects at Banner Boswell Medical Center, for which work started in March 2018 with Banner and the Sun Health Foundation teaming to build a $60.4 million emergency room that increases the number of beds from 42 to 56. Banner also will add a new six-story patient tower. Work is expected to be completed by fall 2020.
On p. 52, you’ll see work on Banner Estrella Medical Plaza II, which opened in December 2018. It’s a 64,000-square-foot medical office building designed to complement existing 317-bed Banner Estralla Medical Center and nearby medical buildings. Located at 6321 W. Thomas Road, it was developed by the Plaza Companies with Butler Design Group the architect and Okland Construction the contractor.
“New Banner – UMC Tucson Hospital Tower Opens Today” | Posted April 22, 2019
“Ribbon-Cutting Signals Final Moves for New BUMCT Hospital Tower Opening” | Posted April 12, 2019
“New Banner-UMC tower to open, focuses on technology, patient comfort” | (Arizona Daily Star) Posted April 8, 2019
“New Hospital Tower Galleries Showcase Open House Photo Op, Prelude to Public Preview” | Posted April 5, 2019
“Banner – UMC Tucson Hospital Cafeteria Services Moving to New Tower—Last Full Day April 18!” | Posted April 4, 2019