A Major Addition to Union Hospital|
The Estopinal Group
903 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
Date Bid: Oct 2007 Construction Period: Nov 2007 to Jan
Total Square Feet: 492,348 Site: 7.93 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; Hospital 236 bed capacity; 236 patient
rooms, 12 OR’s, 2 MRI, 4 CT, 5 general radiation, 3 ultrasound, 36 ER
Building Size: Basement, 150,035; first floor, 144,142; second
floor, 71,674; third floor, 71,674; fourth floor, 54,823; total, 492,348
Building Height: Basement, 16’; first floor, 16’; second floor,
15’ 4"; each additional floor, 15’ 4"; total, 62’ 8".
Basic Construction Type: Addition.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall,
architectural precast concrete. Roof: Membrane. Floors:
Concrete, composite deck. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: TRC Worldwide Engineering - 217 Ward Circle,
Brentwood, TN 37027
General Contractor: Garmong/Pepper - 1850 W. 15th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: The Estopinal Group - 903
Spring Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Union Hospital is a not-for-profit health care system that was
established in 1892. In April of 2007 Union Hospital began planning for
a major addition to their hospital in hopes that they could redefine
healthcare delivery for Terre Haute and West Central Indiana.
Union Hospital was uniquely designed to incorporate a four-story atrium
with a sloping glass curtain wall system as the building's central
unifying element. The atrium extends from the lower level to the
third-floor and injects natural daylight into the building. Within the
atrium are two major feature walls, which playfully highlight solid and
void forms to create a dynamic space. The 492,348-square-foot facility
has four floors above grade with a lower level that houses dietary,
chapel, meeting and waiting spaces. The atrium acts as public
circulation and access to all of the building's outpatient functions.
In addition to the atrium, the remainder of the building's exterior skin
is primarily composed of brick veneer and architectural precast concrete
with metal stud back up. The palette of materials and colors unifies the
building with the previously established campus aesthetic.
The first floor becomes a procedural platform where co-located functions
will improve staff efficiency and patient experience. The hospital's
major ancillary functions including Emergency Department, Diagnostic
Imaging, and Surgery are located here with shell space for future cath
The second, third and fourth floors house the nursing units of this new
addition. These floors utilize a combination of centralized and
decentralized nursing work areas, a concept that was a part of a
specific planning effort that focused on reducing nursing travel
distances. Evidence based design suggests that moving the care giver
closer to the patient will improve clinical outcomes. The core support
spaces are arranged so that the travel time from supply areas to patient
care areas is minimized. A staff only internal corridor reduces traffic
and noise in the patient corridors to enhance the patient experience and
promote healing. Patient rooms face either the exterior or the atrium to
provide visually stimulating views for both patients and visitors that
helps enhance comfort and well being.
A strong emphasis was placed on staff and patient safety. This resulted
in a design that embraces a consistent patient room layout as well as
patient rooms and patient restrooms designed specifically to accommodate
bariatric patients. Bariatric patient lifts and other design features
were incorporated to ensure the optimum safety of the staff and comfort
for the patient.
The building's natural daylight, open public spaces, warm and inviting
finishes and well designed patient areas have made Union Hospital a
truly distinct healthcare provider. This new addition will ensure that
Union Hospital is able to continue providing efficient and highly
functional healthcare for West Central Indiana.