Miami Valley Hospital - Patient Tower Addition

  • Kenneth A. Priest

    Kenneth A. Priest AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

    Senior Vice President Contact
Centerville, OH, United States of America
Miami Valley Hospital

Miami Valley Hospital South (MVHS) opened as an outpatient facility and full-service emergency department in October 2007. A member of Premier Health Partners, the hospital added a sports medicine center and outpatient services in 2008, and a 10-bed inpatient wing a year later. Due to the growth of the southern neighborhoods of Dayton, Ohio—and the subsequent increase in emergency visits and related inpatient admissions—hospital leadership decided to further expand MVHS and commissioned GS&P to design a new five-story bed tower addition on a fast-tracked construction schedule. Skanska/Shook (a joint venture) was selected to team with GS&P to provide construction management services.

Prior to beginning design work for the new addition, GS&P completed a master plan update for MVHS that organized general on-site growth patterns. The team facilitated meetings with hospital department leadership to identify current and future needs on campus that would ultimately influence growth plans.

As part of the updated master plan, shell space on the tower’s second and third floors was programmed to accommodate 48 additional inpatient rooms. Along with 48 private rooms that are situated on the building’s top two floors, the new tower features decentralized work spaces on its patient floors. These decentralized areas are located in close proximity to patients to enable better care, more efficient communication and improved patient safety.

At the end of each smartly designed, 16-foot-wide corridor on the patient floors, a large curtain wall of glass floods the space with natural light, creating an open and healing environment. Private rooms are also filled with daylight and feature three levels of electrical shade control allowing patients to adjust the room to his or her needs.

GS&P explored a number of architectural design options to produce a look and feel for the new tower that would be similar to that of the existing campus. To achieve this, the designers visually blended the addition with the adjacent main hospital building by using the same precast concrete, as well as color and materials, that tied into the original facility. The team also toured Miami Valley’s 12-story downtown patient tower with hospital staff and ultimately applied some of the lessons learned from the project into the new addition.

Throughout the inpatient tower, subtle details seek to neutralize the stress that hospitals often evoke. These details include graphics of nature, frosted glass that masks work areas, and artistic glass used to represent flowing water. In order to unite the new building with the hospital and seamlessly combine the wayfinding systems, an existing landscaped area was modified and enlarged to become a courtyard. The stunning enclosure can be viewed from almost all public spaces, promoting a simple means of wayfinding.

The five-story, 220,000-square-foot bed tower addition at Miami Valley Hospital South not only adheres to the hospital’s long-range plan, but also blends seamlessly with the original campus and helps meet the ever-increasing demands of the surrounding community. Utilizing multi-trade prefabrication and a unique parallel document delivery system, GS&P successfully met Miami Valley’s aggressive construction schedule, designing the Class-A facility in just 16 months.

"This was a record setting project and we are so proud of the work, the collaboration, and the result! Our physicians and patients are enjoying the fruits of our labor. No matter who on the team I have spoken with, they are so complimentary of the work your team has done. That doesn't happen all the time."

Bobbie Gerhart, President & CEO
Miami Valley Hospital

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