Master Planning  /  On The Boards   /  UCHealth – Poudre Valley Hospital

After an original master planning effort completed by Altus for the UCHealth North region, UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH)identified additional priorities they wished to address as they contemplated implementation of that plan. As the oldest hospital in the UCHealth system, this presented numerous challenges and opportunities to improve the 270-bed regional medical center in Fort Collins for the patients it serves.

The primary objectives were to provide better wayfinding inside and out, eliminate or significantly minimize public and patient cross-traffic within the hospital, and create a new striking entrance and image for Poudre Valley Hospital in keeping with the UCHealth brand. The Altus team worked with UCHealth stakeholders to arrive at an updated plan that addressed the added priorities and concerns that existed. A rework of the hospital’s front entrance was among the priorities that emerged while revising the original master plan for PVH.

A variety of options were discussed with UCHealth and renovation of the main entry will be completed as part of a large-scale, phased implementation to ensure minimal patient and staff disruption. A heightened need to improve women’s services became evident at time of implementation planning.

Altus worked with UCHealth stakeholders to arrive at a plan to relocate lesser used space in order to bring all women’s services into the same physical location within the hospital. An entirely new Birthing Center at PVH was prioritized for Phase I implementation.

UCHealth, Poudre Valley Hospital


UCHealth Northern Region of Colorado

COMPLETION: Master Planning completed; assisting with board approval for implementation
SCOPE: Facility Master Planning Services, Facility Assessment, Programing, Architecture, Site/Civil, Structural & MEP Engineering, Interior Design
SIZE: Loveland: 590,000 SF Ft. Collins: 740,000 SF
• Maximize the alignment of system & regional strategic goals across two healthcare centers of varying age and condition
• Resolve campus wayfinding and patient circulation challenges to optimize patient experience and staff efficiency
• Development of distinct facility objectives within each community while maintaining a regional plan for healthcare services

daub painted images by Chris Barnwell