Cass Regional Medical Center
Hoefer Wysocki Architects
612 West 47th Street, #300, Kansas City, MO 64112
Location: Harrisonville, Missouri
Date Bid: Jan 2008* Construction Period: Sep 2007 to Sep
Total Square Feet: 137,524 Site: 32.55 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 21 patient rooms & 7 behavioral; 31 bed
Building Size: Basement, 20,701; first floor, 73,793; second
floor, 43,030; total, 137,524 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 16’; first floor, 16’; second floor,
14’; total, 46’.
Basic Construction Type: II-A/New.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete,
slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof:
Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal
Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore Associates, Inc. - 920 Main
Street, 10th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64105
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: JE Dunn Construction - 1001
Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106
M/E/P Engineer: M.E. Group - 3101 Broadway, #570, Kansas City, MO
In 2006, Hoefer Wysocki Architects (HWA) was selected to master plan,
design and construct a replacement hospital for Cass County. As there
was no sufficient space available at the current site, the Board of
Trustees purchased 81 acres of land to build a new hospital which
allowed them to create a new identity and recapture markets lost due to
the perception of care the existing facility had on the county.
HWA created an interior rotunda as a wayfinding element where patients
and visitors can see to every major department in the hospital. The
replacement hospital was built to house a 21-bed medical/surgical unit,
a 4-bed intensive care unit and a 10-bed behavioral health unit plus all
outpatient services currently offered. The ability to expand the four
main hospital zones for future services was an important element in the
design. The design accommodates existing and future patient and staff
needs, consolidates specialty clinics and physical therapies on campus,
and creates a more efficient, flexible and functional floor plan that
supports patient dignity and personhood. The design emphasizes domestic
aesthetics, art and warm home-like, non-institutional environments and
incorporated natural light and elements of nature to improve the healing
process for patients. Healing gardens in the front and back of the
hospital allow a view from all areas of the hospital. The concept of
bringing the "outdoors inside" was integral in shaping the overall
design of the new medical center.
HWA also provided a phased construction and financial plan to meet the
goals of the master plan to be completed as one project that is
separated into two phases. Multiple schemes, layouts and budgets were
also provided giving Cass Regional Medical Center several options to
choose from while trying to remain within budget. In addition, HWA
addressed three other significant secondary priorities within the plan.
First, the new hospital image along the Highway 71 was enhanced by the
massing of the new structures, and separate entrances, parking and
traffic were provided for Outpatient clinics, Emergency, Admitting and
the main hospital, in-patient and same day surgery and the staff and
loading dock. Second, the plan provided for the separation of staff and
public corridors and ease of wayfinding for the public by identifying a
new public image. Also, the basement and loading dock provide vertical
access to the patient.