PROVO — The Utah Valley Hospital Campus Replacement & Expansion project has won the Vista Award from the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE).
This national honor is given in recognition of “teams who develop safe, quality health care environments, demonstrate effective and efficient communication, and rely on data-based decision-making processes,” according to ASHE. At the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah, an enormous yearslong effort was made to totally transform the campus identity and replace most of its aging spaces. This comprehensive overhaul required 17 separate work packages, intricate phasing and sequencing solutions, and close consultation between Intermountain Healthcare, Reaveley Engineers, Jacobsen Construction Company, HDR, NJRA Architects and numerous subcontractors. The remake of this crucial Level II Trauma Center became a widely recognized success, with the project team meeting high standards for quality, cost efficiency and safety for patients. ASHE praised the project for ensuring minimal disruption of ongoing operations, overcoming phasing challenges and seamlessly connecting new and existing facilities.
The previous seven-story inpatient tower at Utah Valley Hospital was replaced with a 12-story, 620,000 square-foot inpatient tower, which is now home to a number of departments previously dispersed throughout the campus. The project also called for construction of a nine-story, 273,000 square-foot outpatient services building and the remodeling of 100,000 square feet of existing interior space at the hospital.
Prior to the completion of this project, Utah Valley Hospital had experienced many small additions that weren’t strategically aligned with one another, and the campus lacked clear wayfinding. The new campus incorporates state-of-the-art patient care strategies into the layout, improving the ability of caregivers to provide the best patient experience possible. The emergency department is nearly twice the size of the previous unit and is now located adjacent to the also-larger imaging area. The hospital now features 19 operating rooms, two interventional radiology spaces and four cath/EP labs, all equipped with cutting-edge medical technology.
The new Utah Valley Hospital helps meet the health care needs of a fast-growing community. The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah has projected that by 2068, Utah County’s population will grow by more than a million. U.S. census data from 2020 likewise shows that Utah is the fastest growing state in America.
The Utah Valley Hospital Campus Replacement & Expansion project has previously received awards from several other construction industry associations and publications, including Engineering News-Record, Utah Construction & Design and the Associated General Contractors of Utah.