Master Planning   /  UCHealth – University of Colorado Hospital – Anschutz Campus Master Plan

In 2017 UCHealth engaged Altus to update their facility Master Plan at the University of Colorado Hospital – Anschutz Campus. The Altus Team – comprised of multiple disciplines including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and civil engineers plus parking and technology consultants – worked closely with key stakeholders within the UCHealth system to master plan the campus expansion.

Goals of the master plan included consideration for locating future facility expansion including an additional patient bed tower, related parking, and campus utility infrastructure upgrades necessary to support current and future operations. The team vetted multiple locations for facility expansion, considering site and contextual limitations and an eye toward maintaining functional viability and operational efficiency of key services such as the Surgery and Emergency departments.

Once master plan alternatives were narrowed down to the two most viable options, these were taken through a more rigorous conceptual design exercise including the study of variations in each option. Finally, the conceptual designs were analyzed for potential construction phasing and project costs were estimated. From this deeper dive, the most viable option emerged for recommended implementation.

Client:
UCHealth, University of Colorado Hospital

Location:

Aurora, Colorado

COMPLETION:
Master Planning completed; assisting with board approval for implementation

SCOPE:
Facility & Campus Master Planning Services
Programming Architecture Site/Civil
Structural & MEP Engineering Conceptual Design Services

CHALLENGES:
• Concerns of incorporating facility, campus and city infrastructure planning considerations
• Public/patient family parking sizing for growth (increasing density within existing site confines)
• Phasing to minimize patient & public inconvenience within the campus parameters
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