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Ruby Memorial Hospital Atrium Infill Addition & Renovation - Morgantown, West Virginia

IKM Incorporated

Posted: January 18, 2024 | Projects

IKM was retained by the West Virginia University Healthcare system to look at strategies and design solutions on its main campus to:

• Improve wayfinding; 
• Co-locate outpatient services on the lower floors in a more accessible location; 
• Expand the useable square footage; and, 
• Establish a more distinct brand identity. 

Photograph courtesy of IKM, Inc.

The existing tertiary care facility consisted of two, ten-story patient wings on either side of an open air courtyard, with the lower three floors recessed from the building front to establish the access and patient drop off underneath the footprint of the hospital. That access was bifurcated with two entries; one under each tower. 

IKM recommended enclosing the outdoor space under the elevated patient wings. This provided the opportunity to create a new central four-story atrium entrance space with a new covered dropoff to establish a single defined main entry with certain iconic architectural elements. 

Complex structural solutions were required to allow the space under the patient wings to be transformed into useable square footage. 

The parameters of this project required that the existing hospital remain entirely occupied with uninterrupted access throughout the demolition and construction phases. 

Furthering the complexity of this challenging project was the urban nature of the site. The access road is located approximately forty feet away from the construction area, and provides the only connection to the patient drop off and parking lots. Contractors were required to keep this roadway open and protected throughout the entire project and manage a very compressed lay down space. Additionally, no parking spaces were taken out of service at any time during the construction process. 

The solution consisted of adding a four-story atrium with outpatient services flanking the east and west side of the atrium – integrating natural light to support a variety of waiting and public spaces. 

Ground floor consumer-focused spaces such as a coffee shop, a gift shop, and registration and administration areas are immediately available. A monumental stairway of fers the option of vertical connection to all four levels, which support waiting and respite spaces as well as access to the main cafeteria. The space has become a highly active hub and acts as the central focus of the institution. It has transformed the face of the hospital in support of creating a superior customer experience. 

IKM embraced the challenges and unique characteristics of this complex scope of work and maximized the design opportunities that it provided along the way. The result is a completely re-envisioned main entrance and drop off for patients and visitors. This solution provided for a vertical rezoning of the facility supporting the growing outpatient volumes with valuable square footage reclaimed and made available to support the expansion of the facility. 

IKM Incorporated
1 PPG Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Structural Engineer
Atlantic Engineering Services
650 Smithfield Street, #1200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Mechanical Engineer
Lovorn Engineering Associates, LLC
700 Blaw Avenue, #200, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Electrical Engineer
Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.
2995 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204

General Contractor
Mosites Construction Company
4839 Campbells Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Cost Estimator & Construction Manager
W.G. Yates Construction Company
22 Century Boulevard, #140, Nashville, TN 37214

Lighting Designer
Studio 1
117 N. Sprague Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202

Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Date Bid: Aug 2013
Construction Period: Sep 2013 to Jul 2015
Total Square Feet: 103,484
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 48,107; second floor, 27,294, third floor, 21,223; fourth floor, 6,860; total, 103,484 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12'10"; second floor, 13'1"; each additional floor, 14'10"; total, 55'.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation/1B
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall, metal panel rain screen.
Roof: Membrane, live roof green roof system.
Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, interior storefront.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KBT/SF/YR 218

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the January/February 2024 issue of DCD