A New Standard for Collaboration in Healthcare
Denver, CO - RTA Architects likes to say that architects with small egos offer their clients big benefits. Such is the case with Craig Hospital’s $90 Million expansion and renovation—a 60-month project that sets a new standard for collaboration in an extremely complex healthcare environment.
The project consists of approximately 85,000 square feet of new space, and approximately 135,000 square feet of existing space to be renovated. The expansion will double the size of Craig’s outpatient clinic, including a new, state-of-the-art aquatic therapy pool and 52 new private rooms.
The volume of patients treated at Craig and the consistent high ranking is remarkable, given the antiquated environment staff has worked in since the hospital moved into the West Building in 1970. Sixteen months into the expansion and renovation’s 5-year timeline, the site, foundation, and updated utilities are complete
RTA Architects, serving as architect of record, partnered with design architect SmithGroupJJR and GE Johnson Construction to resolve an extremely complex problem: How do you build a new facility on top of and inside an operating brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospital—without losing beds or disrupting patients?
The answer, according to Randy Thorne, AIA, RTA’s Principal in Charge, was to pull in experts from all disciplines, and break the enormous project into 22 pieces. “The planning process took a full year,” explained Thorne, “that began with a week of full immersion at Craig by the architectural team.” Working in an integrated project approach with GE Johnson Construction, the team co-located to the Craig Hospital campus during concept and pre-schematic design to build the project plan, design, and budget. Continue>
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